Features

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Reviewed: Hudson Taylor’s Singing For Strangers

The Irish sibling duo proves that a tough work ethic and a knack for Simon and Garfunkel-like folk-pop melodies will reap dividends, writes Guy Little. Hudson Taylor has spent the last five years honing an infectious brand of folk-pop –

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The Workshop: Claffey Guitars

Ricky Claffey has been building guitars for over seven years, having studied instrument making at college in Glasgow. He then went on to learn the tricks of the trade from master luthiers Bill Kelday and Paul Hyland, and he now has his workshop in Thornliebank, Scotland, producing custom builds and undertaking repair work.

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Reviewed: James Bay’s Chaos And The Calm

There are two sides to James Bay: the solo troubadour and the rock outfit frontman. Just as Ryan Adams leaps from one to the other, Bay, too, does it expertly, creating a charismatic debut record in the process, writes Guy Little.

News

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James Bay announces October tour

Following on from a debut number one album – Chaos And The Calm – James Bay has announced a string of headline UK dates through September and October 2015

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PRS SE Alex Lifeson thinline acoustic announced

PRS Guitars has continued its relationship with Alex Lifeson of Rush with the announcement of an all-new SE thinline acoustic signature model.  Carrying over its unique appointments from the Private Stock Alex Lifeson acoustic, the new PRS SE Alex Lifeson

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James Bay stars on the April cover of Acoustic

Acoustic meets the UK’s hottest new guitar player to talk about his new record, tour, and choice of guitars – check him out on the cover of the April issue on sale March 14

Gigs

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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

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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

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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.

Interviews

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Florida Georgia Line

In 2012, Florida Georgia Line released their debut album Here’s To The Good Times and its first single ‘Cruise’ catapulted the duo into the country stratosphere. We catch up with the duo to talk about sophomore record Anything Goes, guitars, and Nashville.

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The Devil Makes Three

Acoustic talks to Pete Bernhard, one third of the rootsy rollicking trio The Devil Makes Three prior to their debut UK shows and having recently released their folk-punk-tinged Buddy Miller-produced I’m A Stranger Here.

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Interviewed: Roo Panes

Roo Panes is a singer-songwriter from Dorset with a penchant for writing songs inspired by life’s tales, resonating with universal truths and wonders.

Techniques

Learn to play: Polyrhythms on the ukulele

With Daniel Ho from issue 103 Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Example 4 Example 5 Example 6 Example 7

Learn: Ralph Stanley’s ‘Hard Times’ on banjo

Download the tablature to learn Ralph Stanley’s ‘Hard Times’ taught by Leon Hunt in issue 103. Click to download tab

Gordon Giltrap ‘Sadie In May’

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

Reviews

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Auden Edgar & Marlow

Alun Lower reviews the Auden Edgar baritone and Marlow parlour

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Review: Farida James Morrison R52

James can’t play on broken strings, but hopefully he won’t have to with his brand new signature model from Farida. Alun Lower investigates…

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Collings CJ35 £4,614

David Mead examines a new Collings with a modern take on a bygone era…

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