Two Gypsy guitars for Sale; Ullapool; 4 more guitars for sale; Guitar experiment; Gareth Evans; John James; Lisa Hannigan; Bob Fox; Ron Jackson; Megan Henwood; Heavy Metal Bouzouki and Ed Tudor Pole
Two Gypsy Guitars for sale
Made specially for the Ullapool Festival this year, and played by Lulo Reinhardt, Jakob Reinhardt. Woody Mann, Clive Carroll, and just about every other professional player at the festival. Remi Harris was due to play one of them at the late night club until he had to dash south to avoid the Ullapool Festival storm.
Remi Harris and Andy Wood. Remis website - he's very good
The guitars were universally admired, but unfortunately there were no Gypsy players amongst the paying public. I was hoping to get £2,900 for either one of them. Make me a reasonable offer, and if it’s reasonable enough, I’ll pass the money onto the festival to help with next years show.
There were two other Reinhardts at this years show. There was some disagreement about who was related to whom. (left to right) Jakob Reinhardt and Mike Kerr and Lulo Reinhardt.
Ullapool - The festival
Why has it taken me three weeks to report back about this year’s Ullapool Guitar Festival? Because I’ve only just recovered, thank you very much.
Above (left to right): Hugh Burns, John Goldie, Clive Carroll. Below: Will McNicol, Innes Watson, Elliot Morris
The audience was a little thin this year. I think the independence uncertainties were mostly to blame. At about 2am on the Monday morning I briefly became a Scottish Nationalist myself, it must have been the effect of the music, the people, maybe just a little Laphroaig, and the wonderful storm that suddenly came from nowhere when Richard Lindsay said it might be the last festival.
Elliot Morris left the club a little later than me, and his guitar was snatched out of his hand by the wind, and blown 50 yards (yes, yards, it was an imperial storm) down the sea front, with a string of panicked, slightly Laphroaiged musicians chasing it. Fortunately, no harm was done. A great advert for Hiscox Cases.
By the way, Imperial Storm is actually a group of Cheerleaders from Hull. I didn’t know that.
But the storm served its purpose - Richard changed his mind the next day. There will be a 2015. Hurray! I can be a temporary associate Nationalist again.
Above: Tristan Seume, happy man, Woody Mann. Did you see what I did there? Happy Man, Woody Mann? Below: I wasn't always so happy though.
Ullapool doesn’t really need a big audience - there always seem to be more professional artists than “punters”. Where else can you spend your whole weekend in such company? Mornings in various master classes, afternoons in concerts and open mike sessions or jamming with those same artists on the Fylde stand.
Plus evenings and late nights watching them strut their stuff in combinations you could never see elsewhere, drinking with them, playing pool, and probably having your new, very best friend help carry you back to your hotel, as they are more adjusted to that sort of thing than we are.
Below: Wingin it, with Fin Loening and Claire
Will and Elliot had foolishly challenged Tristan and myself to a game of pool. I did warn them. Here I am, proudly wearing my half of the trophy - an exclusive “One Direction “ badge. It’s rather a nice concept - the Ullapool Pool Championship. I wonder if there is anywhere called Ullasnooker?
Tristan was very disappointed not to get a badge .
Now Clive, listen. This little piggy went to market.
And four more guitars for sale
Click on caption title to see more information about each guitar.
For those who are new to this newsletter - Six guitars, identical except for the timber of the back and sides, commissioned by the University of Manchester Audiology and Deafness Research Group, School of Psychological Sciences.
The first ever “session” of this project was held at Ullapool. Under strictly controlled, “blindfold” conditions, each volunteer was asked to play the six guitars and answer a series of questions.
All the professional players took part, and all the available “slots” were filled. I mustn’t give anything away in case it prejudices any future results, but everybody found the project fascinating.
Don’t forget - you can make your own contribution to understanding guitar tone and timber by volunteering about an hour of your time. The project will be running at Lancaster University for quite a long while yet, and you get £10 towards your expenses!
Another clip from the very talented and workaholic Gareth. Link to video
It has been a while since I featured John “Bach”, and I might have used this clip before. So what? It’s a classic. John’s very own laid back and humorous style, including a little bit of “playing with the eyebrows”.
John Smith told me about this a few weeks ago, but it wasn’t available on YouTube until now. It’s quite long, but what a lovely set. Lisa is joined part way through by John on guitar and mandolin, so that’s two Fylde Guitars, and two Fylde Mandolins. I must remind Lisa that I have been known to make Ukuleles. Link to video
Great Camera work, lovely live and recorded sound from the instruments. Oh, and the artists, nearly forgot them. They are quite good as well. Lisa's website ... John's website
When Bob first recorded this song with Stu Luckley all those years ago, I used to get all emotional. It was obviously written about the school disco and me.
There are a lot of clips of Bob, and Stu, on YouTube, but mostly taken from folk clubs with the usual long introductions, which is great on the night, but not when you are sneakily reading this newsletter during works time. Don’t deny it, I can see the stats on the newsletter provider. Link to video. ... Bob’s site.
Ron lives in New York and describes himself as an “Urban Jazz guitarist”, but a few years ago he ordered this standard acoustic “flat top” guitar from me. I say “standard”, but it was quite a departure for me at the time. It has an English Walnut body, and a Sitka Spruce top, the sort of combination which I usually try to avoid, but I do like the sound of this. It’s nice to hear all those “illegal” chords that jazz players use. Where do those chords go to in the wintertime?