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6 celebrities you didn’t know were awesome guitarists 

They may be well known for their acting talents but chances are you didn't know these celebrities are also awesome guitarists.

Inspired by the latest Bushmills #AnswerTheCall event, which will see Northern Ireland guitarists George Lowden and Paul McMordie host the 'Whiskey and Strings' evening at the Sunflower Bar in Belfast, take a look at these famous faces who can definitely rock a tune on the guitar.

Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner (Photo by Tim Boyles/Getty Images)

Los Angeles may be rooted in rock and rap music, but Kevin Costner is keeping the country spirit alive in his home state and further afield.

He formed Kevin Costner & Modern West in 2007 and not only plays acoustic guitar but flexes his vocal muscles as the lead singer.

The band has toured the world and has just released its newest number, Love Shine’ right on time for summer.

Slavan Bilic

Slaven Bilic (Photo by Mark Robinson/Getty Images)

Is there anything Bilic can’t do? He’s a Premier League manager, a qualified lawyer, a linguist and rhythm guitarist in his band, Rawbau.

The band has been going for years and in 2008 recorded a song for Croatia's performance at the  Euros called ‘Vatreno Ludilo’ or ‘Fiery Madness’. Sounds pretty hardcore to us.

Ryan Gosling

Actor Ryan Gosling (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW)

Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Gosling has starred in movies that boast soundtracks to beat the band, LA LA Land and Drive to name a few.

His musical creds don’t stop there - he plays guitar and bass guitar in his band, Dead Man’s Bones, which he set up with his mate, Zach Shields in 2005.

More than ten years on this duo are still jamming together. Check out ‘In The Room Where You Sleep’ which you might recognise from the 2013 blockbuster, The Conjuring.

Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler (Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images)

Known for being a bit of a joker, it’s hard to imagine Adam Sandler as a hardcore rockstar.

He’s not - but he is a quality guitar player who has used his creative, playful side to give us some of the most memorable performances and funniest comedy albums ever.

Adam’s 1997 album ‘What’s Your Name?’ perfectly showcases his country, reggae and ballad influences in his guitar playing.

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images)

Hugh Laurie, a.k.a. Dr. Gregory House was inspired by blues legends, Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters from as young as ten but years later he hasn’t forgotten the undeniable blues sound.

Recognised as an impressive guitar player, Hugh has released two solo blues albums and performs at jazz festivals across the world.

It’s hard to pick a favourite from his repertoire but to sample his guitar skills, give his rendition of Louisiana Blues a blast.

Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

If you’ve seen Les Misérables, you’ll remember Russell’s musical flare in his 2012 portrayal of Javert in Les Misérables, however Russell has been jamming since the 80s, performing vocals and guitar for a number of bands.

Russell currently performs with The Ordinary Fear of God, an amalgamation of two bands he was previously part of, Great Big Sea and 30 Odd Foot of Grunts.

Looks like Russell, just like our local legends Paul and George, appreciates how collaboration can take a music project to the next level.

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