Winter draws on... 0

So, I've done the last of my 2015 UK workshops and gigs, with just a short sortie over to Europe to finish off the year. I'll be travelling with my good friend and collaborator Hollowbelly, visiting Rotterdam, Westerlo (near Antwerp) and Asten (near Eindhoven) for a few gigs and some guitar building workshops, courtesy of Chulahoma Music


In the meantime, I'm going full-tilt to finish off my back orders for custom guitars and getting stick ready for Christmas. Here's one nearly ready, a Daphne Blue Resocaster.



For 2015, I'm planning more workshops, and next year I'll be running learn-to-play days with Hollowbelly. These promise to be extra special, with input from the both of us on how to play cigar box guitar. The first one is lined up for Swindon in March, as part of the Brunel Vintage and Retro Weekend....and on the grapevine I hear that Indian Motrcycles and a Wall of Death will be featured...what's not to like!

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Running to catch up... 0

So, what's been happening?  Just back from two full days at Upton upon Severn Blues Festival, running an all-day open mic, Saturday night gig and Sunday sessions at The White Lion with my band Chickenbone Blues.  As usual, the John, the gaffer at The White Lion makes a real effort for the weekend...a great range of real ales and ciders (which inevitably ran out!), loads of great hot food on offer all day....and a super groovy laid-back vibe.


Next up is Birmingham Jazz Festival Fringe this coming weekend at The King's Head Bearwood, again with the band and some old will be real pleasure to be sharing the stage with them...acoustic young guns Mellow Peaches,my old buddies  Dermot "Dog" Walker's Trio, and the wonderful Kirsty and Kenny, acoustic blues duo with some super authentic old timey blues and gospel..blues shouting and slide playing at it's very best.

A quick holiday break, and then back for Bushwacked Bike Festival, Barrelhouse Blues in Elstead (with a cigarbox guitar making workshop), Mosely Folk Festival...that's the end of August taken care of, then away to Belgium in September for Aaarschot Rockt and the 1st Dutch Cigar Box Guitar Festival in Ommen.  


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More UK Festival dates 0

I'm pleased to announce that I will be playing at the Lunar Festival in Warwickshire (6-8 June),Simon Says Festival in Leicester (26-27 July), Moseley Folk Festival in Birmingham (29th-31 August),  and HayFest in Hayfield Derbyshire(3-5 Oct). One of the cool things about this is who is also on the bill at these events...Donovan, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown ) Lunar), Martin Carthy (Moseley), Andy Fairweather Low(HayFest) cool is that!!

I'll be taking my shop out on the road and running learn to play cigar box guitar sessions at these events...and at HayFest I'll be doing a "Make & Play" guitar making workshop (there will be special festival ticket / workshop combo deal, details to announced later).


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New "Make and Play"workshops 0

Another two workshops, into new uncharted territory for me, Wales and the NorthEast.


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