Esperanto - Spanish guitar duo
Esperanto at Taunton CICCIC 2015
"You could tell by the audience reaction how much they enjoyed the gig. You and Jon were just awesome (that's how it seems to us lesser mortals, anyway)! You guys have GOT to do a follow-up to 'Ida y Vuelta' one of these days! Thank you for your combined brilliance. The equation is 'Boyes plus Barnwell equals Genius squared'... "
- Deborah Latham (Taunton), July 2015

"Just wanted to mail you to say that you guys were awesome last night - I brought 6 people with me and they all loved it!"
- Elena, Bishops Lydeard, July 2015

"Friday was great and you guys delivered quality."
- Andrew Knutt (CICCIC, Taunton), July 2015

"A second visit to us, and again, a really superb evening, and a sell-out. These two young men are totally accomplished musicians and generate a wonderful raport both between themselves and with the audience. Everyone I spoke to was full of generous praise."
- Tony, Ilminister Arts Centre, August 2013

"Another great night with Esperanto on Friday, not sure we could have fitted any more people in! Thanks to Mark and Jon for choosing our venue for their CD launch, and to our audience for coming along and supporting them and us."
- Kate, Calstock Arts , May 2013


Esperanto brings together two of the South West’s finest Spanish guitarists – Jon Boyes and Mark Barnwell. Following a chance meeting on an international flamenco forum in 2004, the two have been collaborating ever since, snatching the opportunity to play a handful of live performances each year in between their own busy schedule as soloists. Esperanto provide a dynamic, diverse and entertaining show full of traditional, original and contemporary Spanish guitar music, influenced by Latin and Flamenco styles and at times betraying their early rock influences.