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


Tenor Guitar videos

My old friend Will Fly and I got together to try out a recently completed tenor guitar before I shipped it off to its new owner.  It’s maple and spruce with Waverley tuners on a slotted headstock and some rather nice vintage inspired fingerboard markers.

Here’s Will playing Josefin’s Waltz by Roger Tallroth, I’m accompanying him on a Martin O28 made in 1900 – a lovely battered old relic.

And then I get a bit of a blues jam.  Will is playing a 1917 Gibson L1 archtop.

Tenor guitar tuned C G D A.

Just before I shipped this guitar the new owner emailed me “Be sure to give my regards to Will Fly.  Of course, he is the one responsible (via You Tube) for this project.  Hopefully he will bless this guitar and stuff a little Blues mojo into it!”.  I think we nailed it!



The Twagger Band at The Old Meeting House

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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

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Video “The Making of Olah”

A video by Kris Pawlowski showing the construction and handover of a long scale 12 string for John Fowler.  John is quite the deftest 12 string player I’ve ever heard as you can see in the second half of the video.  Then at the end he checks out the pickup before plugging into his looper and having a bit of fun – a wonderfully satisfying moment.

Soundtrack to the first half of the video is by John’s Band The Halo Project.

There’s a slightly embarrassing moment – for me, the maker, that is – half way through when I’m trying to explain that a long scale 12 string with medium gauge strings is the kind of thing that can make a luthier nervous! I make light highly responsive guitars, it took a lot of care and attention to get just the right compromise between my usual instruments and the massive tension on an instrument like this

It all turned out well – that high tension produces massive power.  This is without doubt the loudest instrument I’ve ever made.  And it’s gone to a great player.  Kris’s video is just the icing on the cake – a very satisfying project.

Scotch and Soda

A little after dinner music making, just one of those perfect moments.  Lucie Broadbent singing, I’m playing #34, rosewood and bearclaw jumbo.  Lovely song, beautifully sung by Lucie, finally got my head round that chord progression ….