(Vancouver, B.C.) – “The greatest guitarist you’ve ever heard… but never heard of.” Leo Award-winning web series, Forgotten Masters, returns on Friday, October 13 on YouTube.
Filmed in Vancouver at the iconic Exile Guitars on Main Street, Forgotten Masters stars Canadian improv legends Gary Jones (Leo Award for Best Actor in a Web Series) and Ken Lawson (Best Actor in a Web Series – Minnesota Web Fest).
Gary Jones plays ‘DJ Ian Leighton’, who has spent 45 years volunteering on co-op radio and interviewing many of the great players, but now devotes his 3:00-3:15am time slot to finding the greatest guitarists you’ve never heard of.
Ken Lawson plays multiple guitarists who were almost famous (Forgotten Masters). Every episode, he transforms himself into a different guitarist – each a master of a specific genre. At the end of each episode, he then plays a face-melting guitar solo in the featured genre. Watching a performer pull off high-level comedic improv is one thing, but to then see them rip a virtuosic guitar solo is something to behold.
Semi-scripted and semi-improvised, Forgotten Masters is a playful mash-up of real music history with absurd fictional anecdotes. It’s a slow burn mockumentary where unsuspecting viewers might ask, “Are these guys for real?!”
Forgotten Masters is directed by John Murphy (Netflix’s Painkiller) and co-produced by Murphy along with Ken Lawson, Gary Jones, and Mark Halliday (DOP and Best Editor Award at IndieFEST Film Festival).
“Forgotten Masters is a project that combines my two loves – comedy and music,” says Murphy. “As a guitarist myself, I have watched countless hours of interviews with musicians talking about their gear, songwriting, etc. This is both a send-up and a love letter to those types of videos.”
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