Two for the Show…

At the outset, I should confess that I love guitars.  I don’t just like them. I don’t just have a passing interest in them.   I genuinely love everything about them: the way they look, the way they feel and the way they sound.  If I’m not looking at them or playing them, the chances are I’ll be listening to them or reading about them.  In fact, my emotional response to guitars veers dangerously close to obsession. And judging by the turnout for the Birmingham Guitar Show every year, I’m not alone.  Visitors are clearly identifiable as they converge on … Continue reading Two for the Show…

The Return of the Trio

The Matt Schofield Trio, Lichfield Guildhall, March 6 2015 Matt Schofield is one of the best kept secrets in British music.   A guitar player with a jaw-dropping technique coupled with superb taste and tone,  his jazz-infused take on the blues and undisguised love of New Orleans funk combine to produce dynamite live gigs.  While he is in demand for festivals and larger gigs in continental Europe, in the UK he favours smaller spaces and you can still pick up a ticket for roughly the price of a round of drinks.  Bargain. One such bargain was to be had on … Continue reading The Return of the Trio