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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

Chris Martin IV

Chris Martin IV: Setting The Tone…

A fascinating new book reveals the hidden treasure in C.F. Martin & Co.’s long and glorious history – David Mead travels through time… Practically every guitarist or builder you meet will tell you that the Martin Guitar Company set the


The Workshop: Philip Woodfield

Philip Woodfield’s workshop is based in East Sussex and he has been building high-end classical guitars for nearly 30 years. Players who use his instruments include Poland’s prestigious Kupinski Guitar Duo and our very own Ray Burley.  At the highest



Ed Sheeran debuts new single ‘Sing’ – LISTEN HERE

Ed Sheeran has debuted his new single ‘Sing’, produced by Pharrel Williams, and has confirmed it to be the first official single from his soon-to-be-released follow-up album, X. X will be released on June 23, but fans can pre order


David Gray announces new album Mutineers and UK headline tour

David Gray has announced the release of a new album Mutineers. Released in the UK, June 30 on iht Records via Kobalt Label Services, the record will be Gray’s tenth studio album and his first in four years. To mark the news, Gray has unveiled the video for


Tony McManus to play the London Acoustic Guitar Show 2014

Tony McManus, considered the world’s finest Celtic fingerstyle virtuoso, is set to play the London Acoustic Guitar Show on September 13 & 14, 2014 The Scottish-born, Canada-based fingerstyle guitarist is confirmed to play the London Acoustic Guitar Show, over September 13



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.



Twin Forks

Chris Carrabba’s new project Twin Forks sees the Dashboard Confessional frontman discover the freedom to write music inspired by his first influences – and the bandmates to bring his songwriting to a new level.  Words: Nick Robbins ‘Oh, man. I


A Walk on the Wylde Side

Zakk Wylde has been renowned for the last 25 years for his guitar pyrotechnics with the Prince Of Darkness – Ozzy Osbourne – and his own band, Black Label Society. For the latest BLS album, Unblackened, Zakk has hung up


Charlie Parr

11 albums in, Charlie Parr still wonders where his reconstructed old-timey music fits in. Words by Julian Piper.  ‘Flash isn’t exactly what I’m ever looking for,’ a smiling Charlie Parr says, sitting opposite me wearing a baggy sweatshirt, his bare


Issue 91: The Law of Gravity

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Issue 91: Discovering DADGAD

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Issue 91: Thomas Leeb

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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


Breedlove Oregon C20 £1,729

True to its name, Breedlove shows that there is much to adore with its line of sustainable beauties. Alun Lower falls head over heels…. There’s no denying that sustainable construction is a hot topic in the world of guitar construction,


Huss & Dalton O Custom £4,095

A parlour guitar with a few surprises in store for our veteran instrument surveyor, David Mead… Jeff Huss and Mark Dalton first met at a jam session in the early 1990s and soon found that they had similar ideas about

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