Mandolin Blues

I never got beyond first base in trying to play blues on the mandolin, despite  working hard on Rich Delgrosso’s excellent primer “Mandolin Blues – from Memphis to Maxwell Street”.  I guess you’ve either got da blues or you ain’t. I do, however, still like to listen to those who can get some decent blues sounds out of the mando – here’s a tasty example:

The Song Factory Returns


I am planning a series of six workshops at Core Music in Hexham, starting some time in January or February, running fortnightly on Sunday afternoons. The workshops will provide ideas, creative techniques, support and critique to songwriters – beginners or experienced – who want to develop their skills.

I ran a similar workshop series a few years ago and we created some great new songs, so please take advantage of this opportunity to develop your songwriting!

There’s more info on the workshops page.

And here’s the title track from my new CD:

Jenn and Laura-Beth

Looking forward to seeing Jenn Butterworth and Laura-Beth Salter in concert and holding a workshop at the Hearth, Horsley (Northumberland) in December. In the meantime, these talented acoustic musicians from Glasgow have a new CD out. Here’s a preview: