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)

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!

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guitarist magazine

Guess what? A bloke I used to know through Vintage and Rare Guitars contacted me the other day, and asked if I'd like to feature (with my guitars) in an article in Guitarist magazine! The basis is Robert Johnson-style guitars, but then expanding it to get me talking about Delta-style guitar playing, and what sort of guitars were evolving in the early part of the 20th century!
I'm afraid I had to turn down the original idea of me spending a whole day in their studio with total strangers (my wife and I are in the highly-vulnerable category), but they have - in the meantime - borrowed a couple of my old guitars for a brief initial article about Robert Johnson. Then they've kept the invitation open for me to spend a day with them for the original idea - maybe in a couple of months' time, when it's a bit safer to do so.

I'll send links, once it all gets published.