news (and chat)

well - how things have changed!

This would have been about the time when I was recovering after a load of blues festivals. I had been booked to play (and camp!) at The Acoustic Festival of Britain, Wild Boar Festival in Wales, Upton Blues, Newbury Festival and Brecon Fringe. A personal record - amazing in the year of my 70th birthday!

There were one or two other gigs too - a bit more local.

But there we are - luckily I don't rely on it: just absolutely thrilled to be asked.

During lockdown, I've tried hard to keep playing, and set myself a task to record old songs I haven't done much recently, and played on old guitars which have been hanging on walls for ages!

I've posted them all on my Facebook page, or you can see all the ones I've recorded at home over the years on my Youtube page (click on Youtube).

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I've just done a Saturday-afternoon gig outside my local Kettlesmith Brewery. It was great - I was so nervous after not having played to the public since early in the year. I'm also pleased to say that the owners were also pleased at the "restricted" turnout.

guitar news


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!