news (and chat)
I've just been asked by Chico Holton to perform at a couple of fundraiser Concerts for Ukraine, at The Athenaeum Theatre in Warminster! More details to follow, but I'm so pleased to have been asked.
It's nearly 2 years since my most amazing year's programme of festival gigs was all cancelled. In the year of my 70th birthday, I would never have dreamed that I would (without really trying too hard!) have finally filled my summer diary with great blues festivals. Then for it all to be cancelled due to corona virus.
But suddenly I've had contact from the organisers of two of the festivals asking if I would be up for starting up again in 2022! Er - yes! See the "gigs" page for details.
Early in the year I took a big gamble. I was becoming increasingly conscious of the signs of age on my old-faithful workhorse: the 1918 Gibson L1. So I went to an auction and bought a 1934 Gibson L-00. It didn't sound great, as there were very old and inappropriate strings on it. But I had a feeling - and got it!
I absolutely love it, and the brewery gig (over 2 hours) proved that it was capable of recreating all the spirit and character of the old L1, but a lot more reliable and bigger-sounding. I just feel sorry for the sad old L1 now!
More recently, something very surprising and emotional happened. The first "decent" USA-made guitar I bought was a Harmony Sovereign, when I was aged 20 in 1970. Many, many years later I sold it to a good friend, who promised that - if ever he sold it - he would let me have it back at the original price he paid. It's happened!!