Socially distanced musicians: let’s busk in the street

I love singing northern songs like 4am by Cherry Ghost, mainly I guess because the guy who wrote it is from my home town of Bolton some 8 miles from Manchester. I can get my mouth round the words and descriptions because we pronounce syllables the same way. When he writes “it’ll get you onContinue reading “Socially distanced musicians: let’s busk in the street”

Dacey & Bonner: listen to our first ever recorded cover track here plus news of our first gigs…

I love the double bass – which is why I’m so chuffed to be playing my first gig as part of a new singing, guitar and double bass duo, Dacey & Bonner so soon  (Tuesday Dec 13th at Ships & Giggles Preston as part of their Alternative Music Night). I’m the Bonner bit which isContinue reading “Dacey & Bonner: listen to our first ever recorded cover track here plus news of our first gigs…”

Playing live in Pendle tonight, a new Sweeney Astray EP on the way and a new function gig duo coming soon!

I’m playing live at the Barley Mow seafood pub/restaurant tonight (this Friday Nov 25th) at 8pm – a luxury gastro pub with rooms for the night which sits at the foot of Pendle Hill in Lancashire. I’m looking forward to it too! A live performance in the bar area offers a great chance to meetContinue reading “Playing live in Pendle tonight, a new Sweeney Astray EP on the way and a new function gig duo coming soon!”

Dead Souls keep calling me…inspired by Manchester’s dark music (the official Sweeney Astray blog)

NOW and then it feels good to revisit the sounds of Joy Division  Dead Souls – Joy Division. It’s such a relief. The darkness is a relief. It feels honest. It sounds like my capital city of Manchester and the music I grew up with. It sounds like it comes from a time when youContinue reading “Dead Souls keep calling me…inspired by Manchester’s dark music (the official Sweeney Astray blog)”

Art of songwriting in the north. No.1: Inspiration

CREATIVITY – it’s challenge number one for a songwriter – are you inspired? Do you feel playful and imaginative, deeply in love, heart broken, at the start of a great adventure in life or simply horribly lost, staring deeply into the void. Either way it has to be there -some heartfelt emotion to jump startContinue reading “Art of songwriting in the north. No.1: Inspiration”

How To Play Yellow by Coldplay

THE FIRST port of call for learning this using online resources has to be the every youthful justinguitar.com the Tasmanian charmer with a corner in the youtube guitar lesson market – Justin Guitar Free Lesson why not- the guy has done us all a good service. You’ll notice though that he down tunes his top stringContinue reading “How To Play Yellow by Coldplay”

The 21st Century: why we need to learn to play “Yellow” by Coldplay

ADMIT IT – y’can’t keep playing mid 70s rock and the blues forever! At some point you might have to sneak your guitar learning into the 21st century. No really, it might do you some good. I know, the kicking and screaming has already begun but I’m going to persevere. First and foremost for myContinue reading “The 21st Century: why we need to learn to play “Yellow” by Coldplay”

Clitheroe Guitar Group 2016: which songs?

WE are rolling again and rocking – from tomorrow Tuesday January the 26th – Clitheroe Guitar Group 2016 will meet upstairs at the The Ale House, Clitheroe to play songs together, chat, drink a pint and improve our guitar playing. We’ll meet just before 8pm, play for an hour or so and then relax, evenContinue reading “Clitheroe Guitar Group 2016: which songs?”

Clitheroe Guitar Group: favourite songs

TRYING to anticipate the favourite songs of a random group of music lovers who have come together as strangers to meet up and play the guitar is always a fun guessing game. You know,as a tutor or workshop organiser,  that each individual has a strong opinions on which songs evoke the kind of magical feelingsContinue reading “Clitheroe Guitar Group: favourite songs”

Clitheroe Guitar Group Jan 2016

WE’RE off again – gathering together as a group of guitarists and strumming out those tunes upstairs at The Ale House Clitheroe for a brand new year of the 21st century. Care to join us! We’ve been going since last November sticking to open chords, sometimes cowboy chords, sometimes blues, sometimes acoustic indie folk, bringingContinue reading “Clitheroe Guitar Group Jan 2016”