Canadian acoustic guitarist Les Finnigan specializes in composing, recording and performing new original pieces for solo acoustic guitar. His compositions combine modal and counterpoint techniques, standard and alternate tunings, and hybrid picking (fingerstyle and flatpicking), to create music that is artistic, thought provoking, and rich with melodic motifs.
Les Finnigan has independently released 9 CDs and 2 DVDs and has sold thousands of copies to fans all over the world. He is regularly heard across Canada on several CBC Radio programs. His music has also been used in films, documentaries and television commercials. He is a tireless entertainer and performs over 300 days a year at venues ranging from coffee shops and restaurants to concert halls and outdoor festivals. He is also the producer of the West Coast Guitar Night, which has been a popular annual concert in Vancouver since 1999.
“Finnigan stands revealed as a gifted stylist and perhaps an even more talented composer.” – Alexander Varty, The Georgia Straight
2019 International Acoustic Music Award winner – Best Instrumental Song
2018 Western Canadian Music Award nomination – Instrumental Artist of the Year
2018 Independent Music Award nomination – Best Instrumental Song
2017 International Acoustic Music Award finalist – Best Instrumental Song
2014 Western Canadian Music Award nomination – Instrumental Album of the Year
2007 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination – Best Instrumentalist – Solo
2003 Western Canadian Music Award nomination – Outstanding Instrumental Recording