|Rock star assaulted by Fylde Mandolin.
Hand exercises; John Smith and Nic Jones; Folk Awards; Transatlantic Sessions and ... a meat free Fylde!
|Rock Star assaulted with Fylde Mandolin|
Christmas Eve in Dublin, and we could view it in two ways. Either its Bono trying to muscle in on Lisa Hannigan’s gig, and getting smacked in the face with a mandolin for his trouble, or it's Lisa trying to get me some extra publicity. Either way it worked- thank you Lisa. Link to Video.
Apparently Bono is very shy and sweet. Anyone want to send him some throat lozenges?
Lisa is taking time off to write a new album, so doubtless there will be more to tell in a few months.
|Hand exercise ~ but not for guitar makers|
I was sent the Bono video by a friendly customer (they are all friendly), and indirectly, this lead me to find this video. Link to Video.
I’m very impressed. I can get as far as 14 seconds in, then my fingers are completely stuck together, and after that, the video gets a bit weird. Check out Greg’s other videos if you want even more pain.
|John Smith and Nic Jones|
Last week we were invited to this wonderful concert at Celtic Connections. John Smith and Nic Jones, two of my favourite artists, and all of them play Fylde Falstaff's. I say "all" because Nic's son Joe had two Falstaffs on stage. Greedy.
A little clip of Nic from that very concert. Link to Video.
The concert was a little bit of a milestone - its the first time I’ve seen John perform material from his upcoming album (apart from in our living room anyway), and Nic's show has now expanded and developed so much that they managed a full hour and a half with two encores. Lots of tears on the way out, which is understandable but also a little unfair, because with the help of Joe and Belinda, Nics reborn performance has now gone beyond nostalgia and sympathy, its simply an excellent show.
And here is a little clip of John from a year or two ago.Link to Video.
We were all staying in the same hotel, but the bar closed at 12. Probably a good thing - it was a heavy week. Here are John and Nic talking about the universe before the bar closed and just after they had eaten my sandwiches. (Photograph: Keith Beardmore)
I said it was a heavy week - the BBC asked us up to the Folk Awards as well. We were nearly bashed on the head by the boom camera but we met lots of people so it was well worth it.
Nic Jones won Best Folk singer (Nic and Joe pictured with "Gregory's Girl" Claire Grogan - pic by Phil Carter).
Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar won the young folk award - Ciaran plays a Fylde Octavius whenever he puts down his fiddle. Roy Harper made a few jokes about Scottish Nationalists, Glasgow may not have been the best place for that, but it was funny, and even funnier when Alex Salmond came on stage. I’m making a guitar for Nick Harper at the moment, it's fun already and I've hardly started.
Pic of Nic and me; which one is which?? (Photograph: Michael Proudfoot)
At the end of the show a rather fancy hat accosted us with Eric Bibb inside it. That links nicely to the next part of the week.
After all the Glasgow shows, we went to Newcastle to see the "Eric Bibb Big Band", sorry, "Transatlantic Sessions". Name about 15 of your favourite artists, put them in one show, no chat, no jokes, just music. Link to Video.
Eric is hoping to tour the UK later this year with a new set of musicians!!!! Watch this space
Megan composed this while she was modeling for a life sculpture class. Shame we can't see the guitar - it's her new one "Rosie", but we can hear it. Another little Gem, Megan. That's almost a palindrome - Gem Megan. Megan's website.
Another lovely customer sent me a link last week, it was very fresh news at the time, and since then the video has been released in a new form, so I'll show you the short one first. Link to Video.
Imagine (wrong Beatle) what I said when I saw that!!
This is the original link; it’s a film about Linda McCartney. It’s almost enough to turn me vegetarian, but I have to finish writing "Black Pudding Girl" first.
I’ve always been a little sad that I hadn't sold a guitar to one of the fab four (horrible name) but now, "its getting better", in fact "I feel fine", and I "should have known better".
I didn't know Paul had this guitar, and I'm trying to find out its history. I love the feel of the song, the guitar sounds a little "chunky" to me, it’s not how I intended the Ariel to be played, but it works, and who am I to argue? I'm not Sir Roger, but I will be 64 next year.
I’m going to admit that finding that video has been a real boost. It’s been a hectic, rather tiring couple of weeks, and tonight we are off to see Tristan Seume, to finish it off nicely.
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