Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Tinus van Dyk has been actively involved in music for the past 28 years starting when he picked up the guitar at age 17.
After studying all styles including Blues, Jazz & Folk, he gradually moved towards fingerstyle acoustic guitar and am now one of the few local exponents of acoustic fingerstyle technique. His composition combines this challenging technique with an eclectic range of folk influences from around the world. Apart from acoustic guitar, Tinus also plays piano, ukulele, electric guitar and harmonica.
Early influences include Neil Young and especially Blues artist, Rory Block. More recent influences include various fingerstyle guitarists like Leo Kottke, Pepino D’Agostino, Martin Simpson, Doyle Dykes, Chet Atkins, Tommy Emmanuel, Alex De Grassi, Tony Cox, Steve Newman, Pierre Bensusan etc.
Tinus has been a fulltime teacher since 2001, specialising in all guitar styles (including electric & ukulele) with an avid student following ranging from primary school to adults (Stellenbosch & Paarl area). Teaching at schools such as Hoërskool Gimnasium in Paarl and Tyberberg High School.
Performances include collaborations with the likes of Thomas Channell, Luna, Francois (“Die Ha-Man”) le Roux, performing in art festivals like KKNK, Oppikoppi, The Illyrian Players, at Maynardville Open Air Theatre in Wynberg, solo performances & duo acoustic project with mandolin player Brendon Bussy, “Die Blou Hond” in Pretoria, Alma Cafê in Observatory and opening for the Parlotones with Barry Steenkamp (from Radio Kalahari).
In between teaching and performances, Tinus also released two albums (available on the website.