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Happy New Year

Hi folks – hope everyone had a splendid festive season. I’ve relocated to rural devon and have spent the holidays changing strings, knocking down walls and putting up shelves. I also found some time to start work on some new projects and musical material is now firmly in the pipeline.

Lots of news to come over the next few weeks of various flavours – I’ll be announcing a number of UK festival dates, and I’m also running a day of C tuning guitar workshops in Milton Keynes later this year covering things like my tunings themselves, accompanying song and building chordal accompaniments from melody. Feedback from previous sessions has been great with a couple of players describing the sessions as ‘life changing’. Places will be limited, but I will announce details closer to the time here and on the Facebook page. 

I was tremendously flattered to make the list of Albums of The Year in the fRoots critics poll, and I recently heard that I was shortlisted as one of three nominees in the Male Vocalist of the year category in the Fatea Awards (announced 8th January). You can listen to the awards who live online at 8pm on the 8th January.

Tom and I start gigging again this coming weekend with a duo show at Foundry Folk at the Tobie Norris in Stamford.

I’ve also spent the holidays swooning over the amazing book ‘Wood, Sweat and Tears – The Guitars and Times of Roger Bucknall’ which is a tremendous pictorial history of Fylde Guitars. I’ve been playing Fylde guitars since 1995, having fallen in love with a rather battered Oberon model as a spotty student. It has served me well for the past 18 years, but needed some fettling so Roger reset the neck and put a new bridge on it. I’ve owned a few Fyldes, all wonderful, including a Falstaff which is also now back in Penrith for some TLC. I’ve also put a deposit down on a new one – somewhere between these two I hope!!

decisions, decisions...

In the office at Fylde Guitars, Penrith

Making the Fylde players list has been one of my life ambitions since the day I hopped on the train up to Kirkham back in 1995 to drop off the Oberon first time around. I’ pretty chuffed to be sharing page space with not only the lovely Ben Walker and Megan Henwood but Pete Townsend and Jethro Tull!

Anyhow – all this talk of guitars reminds me that I have to change the strings on three guitars and two citterns! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and see you somewhere on the road. Here’s a little seasonal video of Hymn for The New Year



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