Nick is one of my favourite artists of all time, so it was a real pleasure to have the opportunity not only to hear him play in the intimate setting of someone's living room in Glasgow, but also to have a chat with him about guitars and music before and after his gig.
I recorded his performance on video and will be posting them up on my YouTube channel over the coming days. I've published one already, my favourite of his - This is the Beginning, a powerful song inspired by his mother as a young lass and her ringing a bell in the tower of a small French village. Imagine her laughter and the pealing of the bell still reverberating across the universe.
Show notes for this are on my website: Show Notes.
Visit my YouTube channel: Acoustic Guitar IO on YouTube
Dave White runs De Faoite Stringed Instruments where he builds guitars, ukuleles, bouzoukis and all manner of strings instruments. I caught up with him in Halifax at the 9th annual gathering of the Acoustic Soundboard UK guitar forum.
To see a video of this interview, check this link to my YouTube Channel:
Rodney Worley is the guitar player and tenor singer with the Tennessee bluegrass band Midnight Run. The band toured Scotland in October 2018 and came to visit us on Arran to play at Crofters' Music Bar in Brodick.
Rodney has played with Audie Blaylock & Redline, Little Roy Lewis, Paul Williams & the Victory Trio and the James King Band. He has won two Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America awards for bluegrass group of the year, been nominated twice for a Grammy for Bluegrass Album of the year and recorded on the #1 song “Lonesome Weary Heart” with Audie Blaylock which spent six weeks on the bluegrass charts.
We sat down over breakfast in Little Rock in Brodick and had a chat about his career and his instruments.
This interview is also available as a video on the
Martin is the founder of the Acoustic Soundboard UK guitar forum and the organiser of the annual UK gathering, now in its 9th year. We spoke about the history of the forum and the gathering and how it has grown over the years into one of the country's leading independent guitar gatherings, where musicians and luthiers come together to share a weekend of music and friendship.
The forum is at acousticsoundboard.co.uk and there's a bunch of content from the gatherings through the years on Martin's YouTube channel: YouTube Channel.
See this interview video on my channel here: Martin Robertson Interview on YouTube
I sat down for a conversation with Gordon Giltrap in May 2018 during the 21st annual UK gathering of the RMMGA newsgroup, at which Gordon was the weekend guest.
Speaking to Gordon was a real treat for me as he was part of the 60s acoustic folk boom in London in the late 1960s and played in the company of Bert Jansch and John Renbourn. I bought my first guitar after hearing Bert's documentary Acoustic Routes.
We spoke of many things, including the London scene and his new signature Fylde guitar.
Gordon's website is at https://www.giltrap.co.uk/.
Adrian builds acoustic nylon- and steel-string guitars and electric guitars out of his shop in Lincoln, England. His design has a very strong aesthetic and he is an advocate of building with sustainable local and reclaimed woods. He also teaches Luther at a local college.
We had a great discussion about his building philosophy and wood choices during the 21st annual gathering of the RMMGA newsgroup in May 2018.
Get in touch with Adrian at http://lucasguitars.co.uk/
Malcolm is a luthier based in Sheffield, UK. I sat down with him for half an hour at an annual gathering in May 2018 and had a nice chat about guitar making.
Find Sheaf Guitars on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sheafguitars/
I sat down with Will McNicol at the annual UK RMMGA gathering in May 2018 at the beautiful Springhill Manor in the Cotswolds.
We spoke about many things, including the Ullapool Guitar Festival and the International Guitar Foundation.
Many thanks to Will for sitting with me. His latest album, Butterflies, Dragonflies and Bumblebees is available to stream and buy on his website here: http://willmcnicol.co.uk. There’s an accompanying notation/tab book for the album too, very handy if you’re anything like me and can’t get this music out of your head. It’s utterly sublime – seriously.
Will plays Fylde guitars.