The Unreel Ceilidh Band ~ Barn dance music with pub rock attitude.
The Twagger Band ~ mostly traditional music from five superb musicians playing too many instruments to mention. CD “Sound the Bugle, Blow the Horn” now available.
Members of The Unreel Ceildh Band and The Twagger Band host a once a month acoustic session at The White Horse in Ditchling. Last Sunday of the month except for Bank Holiday weekends when it’s on the Bank Holiday Monday. Come and join in or just enjoy the music.
I’ve learnt from many guitar makers, notably:
I have always found other guitar makers willing to help me learn but since coming to Sussex these guys have helped me more than I can say. Thank you Pablo, Nick and Richard. Richard and Pablo both run guitar making courses which I would highly recommend. Here is one person’s experience of making a guitar with Richard. Pablo has recently launched a complete online classical guitar making course.
Will Fly and Doc Rossi ~ friends for over 40 years, wonderful musicians and owners of more of my instruments than is sensible. Many of Will’s videos feature my instruments. Will lives a few miles away in Henfield but Doc lives in Portugal. During the COVID lockdowns we’ve been playing as a virtual trio, “Three Shades of Grey” (that’ll be our beards), something we wouldn’t otherwise have done.
Art in Ditchling ~ Ditchling is a picturesque and historic village just north of Brighton and the South Downs, with rich artistic heritage – including Eric Gill and The Guild of St Joseph & St Dominic. Family members and many artists in and around the village continue these crafts and skills today. Each year during The Brighton Festival I exhibit at The Blue Shed as part of The Artists Open Houses trail in Ditchling.
One member of Art in Ditchling is photographer Kris Pawlowski. He made a video following the construction of a long scale 12 string and he’s taken a some of the photographs on my site – I think you can tell which ones, they’re the good ones!
The Mike Harding Folk Show – I knew Mike back in the 60s in Manchester. After many years at the BBC he now produces his own unmissable podcast. Like he says, “the very best in folk roots and acoustic music”. Mike played a track from The Twagger Band CD “Sound the Bugle, Blow the Horn” on Folk Show #195 – “absolutely wonderful sound”.
Kit Willmott ~ composer, sound design, movie scores and more.