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Richard Durrant Ditchling Recital

Virtuoso Richard Durrant will be playing one of my instruments at a recital in Ditchling on Friday March 2nd.

This concert will be performed on a Gary Southwell concert guitar crafted from 5,000 year old English oak and on the Uffington tenor guitar which I built in 2016.   The old meeting house is a beautiful 18C Unitarian chapel with lovely acoustics and was the first venue in which Richard performed his Stringhenge show in early 2017.

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Tenor guitar for Richard Durrant 2016. Uffington horse inliad in silver in ebony headstock

The Old Meeting House, 30 E End Lane, Ditchling, Hassocks BN6 8SX


Blue Shed Exhibition 2016

This year at The Blue Shed I have five different steel strung guitars including a 12 string, a parlour guitar and this long scale 6 string.  It’s currently strung as a baritone tuned to B.  Redwood front, Imbuya back and sides and figured ebony fingerboard.  Benjamin scoop semi cutaway.

J57 scoopJ57 back

As well as my guitars the exhibition features:

David Browne: work includes a series of drawing, prints and reliefs inspired by a small hillside town in Italy.

Martin Spencer: contemporary chairs, inspired by a recent commission of Sally Williams Architects,  hand made from English hardwoods.

exhibition sponsored by sally williams architects

Open 11am – 5pm  Weekends April 30th – May 30th including Bank Holidays

The Blue Shed
6 East Gardens
Ditchling BN6 8ST

Blueshed Exhibition May 2015

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This year I have 2 guitars for sale:
Model ‘O’ parlour guitar in rosewood and bear-claw sitka, extremely light, currently strung with 010 gauge strings
Model ‘G’, cherry and sitka, scoop cutaway, experimental bracing pattern.

As well as my instruments the exhibition includes:

David Browne: work includes a continuing series of sculptures that explore a recurring interest in the sea. Also being exhibited are recent drawings and prints inspired by an overgrown olive grove in Lazio, Italy.

Martin Spencer: hand made chairs exploring the textural contrast of paper and wood.

Exhibition is sponsored by Sally Williams Architects.

11 – 5 weekends in May including Mondays May 4th and May 25th

The Blueshed
6 East Gardens
East Sussex

The Twagger Band at The Old Meeting House

Twaggers Ellie 2

On Friday 15th May 2015 The Twagger Band are playing at The Old Meeting House, The Twitten, Ditchling, BN6 8UJ.  Starts at 7:30, £6 on the door, including a glass of wine!  We’re not robbing you are we?

The Old Meeting House is a beautiful Unitarian Chapel with wonderful acoustics for playing.  I’ll be playing a few of my instruments in the company of:

Derrick Hughes:  Northumbrian small pipes, serpent and every kind of whistly thing you can imagine.
Joy Lewis:  Hammer dulcimer, celtic harp and vocals
Sue Evans:  Hammer dulcimer and concertina
Will Duke:  Concertina and vocals

Twaggers Ellie 3

Blueshed Exhibition May 2014

I’m showing a few of my instruments in The Blueshed as part of the Art in Ditchling Artists Open Houses trail.  Includes my first ever archtop guitar.


A converted builders workshop in the heart of Ditchling Village the Blueshed opens for its seventh year.

Caroline Todd Paintings and drawings
Martin Spencer Chairs
Mark Owen Landscape paintings
Simon Klein Paintings and drawings
Ian Chisholm Lutherie
David Browne Sculpture

11 – 5 weekends in May including Mondays May 5th and May 26th

The Blueshed
6 East Gardens
East Sussex

Blue Shed Exhibition May 2013

Weekends in May between 11 and 5.  Not open bank holiday Mondays.

Exhibition of
sculpture: David Browne
lutherie: Ian Chisholm
chairs: Martin Spencer
design: Sally Williams.

6 East Gardens Ditchling Sussex BN6 8ST

I’m showing the following instruments:

Walnut / Cedar cutaway guitar                    £1350
Flat front mandolin                                     SOLD
Lyon and Healey style archtop mandolin     NFS
12 string guitar in rosewood and sitka         NFS