FROM living legends Sirs Paul McCartney and Tom Jones, to contemporary crooners John Mayer and Norah Jones, Weymouth's Robbie McIntosh is the go-to session guitarist for them all.

On Friday, November 16, Robbie will be bringing his own original songs with The Robbie McIntosh Band to the Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne.

Born in Sutton, Surrey in 1957, McIntosh puts his musical start down to family influences.

His mother played piano while his older sisters’ record collections, including the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, became early influences and the jazz of Django Reinhardt and Louis Armstrong were introduced to him by his father.

“I picked up the guitar when I was about eight years old, so I was pretty young. I taught myself mainly and had a few classical guitar lessons when I was 13.”

Grade eight on the guitar by age 18, McIntosh said there was never any doubts that he would be a musician.

“It’s the only thing I have ever been able to do. I worked as a lorry driver, delivering sand and cement a few days a week for a bit but that didn’t last long.

“I just joined a pub band when I left school and started playing gigs from there. I’ve been lucky, I’ve never signed on but a lot of musicians have at some point.”

Support on the night is provided by Hannah Robinson, a singer-songwriter with Dorset roots. Hannah’s songs blend her nonchalant, percussive guitar style with soulful melodies and lyrics rich with imagery owed to her art education.

As well as writing and performing her own music, Hannah has recently toured in Europe with founding Dire Straits member and bassist John Illsley, providing vocals and guitar in his band.

* Tickets £20 at box office. To book, call 01202 885 556 for tickets and more information.