The Unreel Ceilidh Band ~ Barn dance music with pub rock attitude.
The Twagger Band ~ mostly traditional music from five superb musicians playing more different instruments than is sensible. CD “Sound the Bugle, Blow the Horn” now available.
Along with Scots fiddle player Stephen Sibbald I 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.
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 in 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.