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Music festival posters – now and then

Summer is upon us, and that means one thing – it’s festival season. With hundreds of music festivals taking place throughout the UK every year, we thought we’d take a look at some of the best acoustic music festival posters


A walk on the Fylde side…

Roger Bucknall began building instruments back in the 1970s and over the years Fylde guitars have been seen in the hands of legendary British players like Martin Simpson, Martin Carthy, Davy Graham, Gordon Giltrap, Nic Jones and a multitude of

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The Workshop: Joseph Lukes Guitars

Luke Joseph Sharples, director of Joseph Lukes Guitars, builds guitars from his workshop in London, blending traditional methods with innovative design, beautifully demonstrated by his grand concert guitar.    Luke Joseph Sharples has been building guitars for five years having



Acoustic magazine presents: The Book of British Guitar Making

Acoustic magazine, the UK’s leading authority on all things acoustic guitar, is set to release The Book of British Guitar Making: The Essential Guide To Bespoke Acoustic Luthiery in the United Kingdom. In this essential guide to British guitar making,


Newton Faulkner completes the London Acoustic Guitar Show line-up

Newton Faulkner will bring his exemplary blend of percussive fingerstyle guitar to the London Acoustic Guitar Show 2014. The multi-platinum selling songwriter will host an intimate masterclass for show visitors on Sunday 14 September at London’s Olympia centre. Newton Faulkner

Lewis Watson at Koko, London

Lewis Watson to play the London Acoustic Guitar Show 2014

Will play a solo acoustic set on Sunday 14 September 2014 in association with Patrick James Eggle Guitars Lewis Watson is just one representative of a growing number of singer-songwriters finding fame and record deals after uploading original tunes and a



Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 9 March 2013

Being known as The Colonel and The Governor is all good and well, but if you are going to put those monikers out on your tour headline, you need to be pretty confident that you can live up to the

Paul Carrack

Paul Carrack, The Lowry Theatre, Manchester, 3 March 2013

Paul Carrack has built a regular and consistent fanbase thanks to his long and frequent tours – the latest of which ends this evening after seven months on the road. The only noticeable effect of this prolonged road trip is

Mumford & Sons Live

Mumford & Sons, LG Arena Birmingham, The Tour Of Two Halves

Since the release of their first studio album Sigh No More in 2009, Mumford and Sons has enjoyed an almost meteoric rise to fame. Second album, Babel, sold over one million copies in the US in just over six weeks and the accompanying tour has cemented their position as America’s favourite band.



Lewis Watson

He built his fanbase from his bedroom using YouTube, has had five top 10 EPs on iTunes, and is just about to release his debut album The Morning with Warner Bros. Records. Lewis Waton is the new generation of troubadour –


Carlene Carter

Keeper of the country flame. Words: Teri Saccone Carlene Carter descends from country music royalty, yet she’s never been content to exploit her name as creative currency. Now she’s singing her family connections quite literally on her latest release Carter


Dominic Miller

When Dominic Miller isn’t out on the road or in the studio with Sting, he takes time to maintain a very successful solo career. David Mead talks to him about his latest solo release, Ad Hoc… Words by David Mead


12-String Corner – Muddy Water Blues

Learn Paul Brett’s ‘Muddy Water Blues’ from issue 95. Tablature is available below. The audio can be found in the digital edition of Acoustic magazine issue 95.

Thomas Leeb – Trickster

Learn Thomas’ new tune, ‘Trickster’, from issue 95. Tablature can be downloaded by clicking the link, below. Trickster

Issue 94: Extended Chords

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James Neligan Deveron Series DEV-PFI, £255

Cash-strapped songwriters rejoice; James Neligan has dished up yet another bargain. Alun Lower investigates… If you were to ask the average gear-head to list the potential flaws with a sub-£200 guitar, you’d soon have a pretty comprehensive list that would


Faith Bog Oak Signature Series £1,999

Amazingly, some of the wood in this guitar pre-dates Stonehenge – Acoustic’s very own antique, David Mead, has the story… If you’re not familiar with bog oak, it’s basically incredibly rare wood from ancient forest land that was devastated at


Avalon Ard Ri L7-700B Celtic £5,950

A top of the range model from Irish builders Avalon – David Mead craves an audience with the redwood king… In case you are wondering, ‘Ard Rí’ means High King in the Irish language – and this guitar certainly has

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