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Afterglow Acoustic Duo

About us

A stylish, experienced guitar and vocal duo.

Rhiannon Howys (West End musical theatre actress) and Reece Smith both share a genuine love of music. Performing their own definitive takes on a wide range of both classic and contemporary songs in a relaxed and intimate style. They have played at numerous Weddings and Parties and like nothing better than sharing in people's special day.

They are based in Essex but are happy travelling to London, Herts, Norfolk, Suffolk and other regions. Elegant and sophisticated, Afterglow are an extremely versatile duo that can cover many genres of music to suit your specific needs.

  • They do not use any backing tracks, they play live. Two voices, one guitar!
  • They have performed at The Grove Hotel, Watford | Down Hall |  Hutton Hall  |  Little Easton Manor amongst others
  • Available to play at any function including Bars, Restaurants, Hotels, Weddings, Parties, Corporate Events etc...

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Rhiannon Howys

Rhiannon Howys

Rhiannon trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art where she graduated from their three year acting course in 1993.

For television she has recorded three episodes of Dangerfield for the BBC.

Her theatre credits include Cats, Grease, Les Miserables, A Slice of Saturday Night, Elegies, Grand Hotel and The Woman who Cooked her Husband.

On the concert platform, Rhiannon has performed at The Barbican in Sweeney Todd and in Les Miserables at Cardiff Castle.

She was also part of the acclaimed Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 Arena in 2010 as a featured artist and can be seen on the DVD that was released in conjunction with the production.

Reece Smith

Reece Smith

Reece has been in love with music from an early age, starting in his bedroom learning guitar to Beatles tunes on an old Dansette record player. Then Punk and New Wave came along, he joined a Jam sound-alike band and started gigging, venturing into the recording studio and also appearing on local radio.

Then followed a 10-year stint with The Downside, one of Essex’s most successful function bands, where he had a great time teaming up with some amazing musicians at numerous weddings and parties.

Three years ago, Reece began a new project teaming up with Rhiannon Howys to form Afterglow Acoustic Duo, giving him a new opportunity to showcase his acoustic guitar skills and also develop his harmony singing. He describes this new venture as his best work yet and is looking forward to an exciting future with Afterglow who are building a successful reputation in Essex and the South East.

"We just wanted to thank you for making our birthday garden party a special and memorable event. It goes without saying that you are both incredibly talented but are also polite and professional people to work with. All our guests had high praise and I’m sure we will be booking again xxx"

G Spence