Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash was not only a country superstar, he was one of the 20th century’s most influential artists and a music icon whose voice, presence and showmanship is triumphant even in his wake.


10 banjo players to listen to right now

Leon Hunt counts down the ten most influential banjo players to have walked the earth…


Taylor made for maple

‘From here on out, our goal is to build the greatest guitar we can. In a nutshell, that’s what we have done. We have made a better sounding guitar for the future,’ says Bob Taylor.


(C) John Sterling Ruth

Ed Sheeran collaborates with C.F. Martin and Co. for new “X” guitar

C.F. Martin & Co. and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran are teaming up for the second time to create another Signature Artist Edition guitar from the Martin Custom Shop: the Ed Sheeran X Signature Edition.

Washburn WCSD30S

Washburn Guitars announce Woodcraft series

Washburn Guitars has announced the Woodcraft Series featuring some exotic tonewoods at budget prices


Acoustic magazine to launch new supplement ‘Playlist’

32-page music appreciation title launches on February 12 and will be given to all Acoustic magazine readers free-of-charge



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.



Vance Joy

James Keogh, the Melbourne songsmith who records under the moniker Vance Joy, burst onto the scene with his folk-pop hit ‘Riptide’ making him one of the most popular new songwriters not just in Australia, but also in the UK. His debut album Dream Your Life Away is out now, so we catch up with him about playing Maton acoustics, writing hits on his ukulele, and finding inspiration from the 70s

(C) Danny Clifford

Quo-ver And (Not) Out

Status Quo are back, we tell you, back, with an acoustic album called Aquostic. Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt wax lyrical with Joel McIver…


John Renbourn & Wizz Jones

John Renbourn and Wizz Jones tell Acoustic about their early days on the hard road to Marrakech…


Gordon Giltrap ‘Sadie In May’

This month Gordon shares an as yet unreleased piece in all-fourths tuning dedicated to his daughter Sadie.

(C) Richard Ecclestone

Tommy Emmanuel’s top 5 tips for better practising

When you are practising, always do it alone and out of earshot of anyone else. We need repetition, playing the same passages over and over, to improve our abilities and to achieve our goal of playing a new piece well.

Chris Woods: Three Thumbs

Download the tablature here: Acoustic Magazine issue 101 CW Read the full tuition in February’s issue of Acoustic magazine (101)  



Atkin White Rice relic and standard – £3,499 & £2,999

Something old, something new – a pair of guitars that pay tribute to two legendary bluegrass players… David Mead takes his pick of the two guitars and interviews Alister Atkin about relic’d guitars

Left: WL-25; Right: Wee Lowden 40th anniversary edition

The story of the Wee Lowden

Acoustic takes a look at an exciting addition to the formidable Lowden acoustic guitar range: the Wee Lowden. Featuring George Lowden, Snow Patrol, and a full review of both the WL-25 and the 40th anniversary edition.


Santa Cruz OM Custom £5,199

Take Santa Cruz’s reputation for excellence and add a degree of custom shop variability – David Mead is like a kid in a sweetshop!

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