Please note: due to changes in regulations and constant design developments, we sometimes need to change details such as binding and inlay materials.
Here we are at the end of another year, it's almost good to see the last of it. Christmas should be a time to relax a little, so here is some music you can listen to from the comfort of your own sofa. Most of it has been specially recorded for this newsletter, thank you everybody for taking part.
Before you sit down, remember to place your orders for the half time interval, then get a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie, sit back and enjoy. If you are very careful and follow all the rules, you might be able to join us at our Christmas party after the concert. Socially distanced, of course. Those of you who misbehave during the concert will not be allowed in.
Party hats are in a pile at the bottom of this paragraph. Help yourself.
"Merry Christmas everyone! Here's my rendition of White Christmas, although it's sunny in Manchester!"
"All good here: locking down etc, much the same as last year!"
"I've always thought that In the Bleak Midwinter is one of those melodies which is crying out for interesting and warming harmonies, so I've tried to do some of that with this! I'm now pondering the wisdom of doing multiple takes in front of a log burner wearing a jumper when it's not actually that cold... (The log burner was most certainly lit, but unfortunately you can't see it at all on the video)."
Trust Tristan to introduce a little "augmentation". I can see an old treadle sewing machine behind you Tris, please explain when I see you next.
I asked Ken for some extra information:
"8 separate video recordings of the Fylde “Ken Nicol” guitar edited together, using DaVinci Resolve 17 software. The mic is an Audio Technica 4033 and the strings: D'Addario Phosphor Bronze XS. My shoe size is 9- 10"
Err = thanks Ken!
Elliott Singing! Join in Everybody!!!
Collect your pre ordered drinks and look under the Christmas tree for your personalised gift. If you don't like the one we have bought for you, don't start a fight, just swap with someone else. Take your seat again in plenty of time so not to annoy the other guests.
I'm quite surprised that no tunes or songs have been repeated so far. I didn’t try to organise that so it’s either good fortune or somebody has been pulling strings. I wonder what will happen in the second half.
Settle down please ...
What can I say, thank you Will for opening the second half in your usual classy style and bringing your friends. It's always good to see four Will's.
"Here’s a Christmas video for you! Carol Of The Bells, one of my favourites, even though it’s not really a Christmas song, but a "winter well-wishing” song. I am a little bit Ukrainian. One 1/16, I think! I love the ghostly reflection that my Infinity lamp makes on the top of the guitar. This tune has a very strange tuning: C-G-D-G-A-Bb and then capo 7th fret. I put a B string on in place of the top E and probably should’ve put a heavier gauge on the low E string. The bottom string sounds a bit floppy, but I rarely venture below a D on the bottom string ".
" 'A Winter Carol' was written when I was on tour in 2010. It contains two views of a winter image in a single aerial frame. The first perspective is that of a young person and is played higher up the guitar neck whilst the second, older person's perspective, is played on the lower three strings at a slower tempo."
"Just letting you know I'll be playing live on BBC Radio 3 on Christmas morning with Granny’s Attic (Christmas carol requests plus some of our own music). I will be using my Falstaff!"
"Recorded last year for a similar covid restricted Christmas. It features my Fylde trio, Alchemist, Octavius, and Walnut touchstone Mando. Best wishes to all at the good ship Fylde for the season and next year."
After all that music, please join us for our virtual Christmas party. We won't be able to dance this year, there’s not enough room, so here's a memory. See how many of us you can spot. Bear in mind, it was some years ago when we were a little more supple.
Best wishes to everyone, see you in 2022. Drive carefully.
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