National Folk Festival poster

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

JosephLukes Headstock

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



James Bay announces new single ‘Let It Go’ and album release date

James Bay’s has announced that his new single ‘Let It Go’ will be released on March 8 while his debut album Chaos And The Calm will be out on March 23 ahead of his sold-out UK tour in April 2015 is shaping up to be

Paul Brett with his signature Vintage guitars from JHS

Charity concert to be held at Tennants Auctioneers

Coinciding with Paul Brett’s vintage guitar exhibition, Wednesday 1st April will see Tennants Auctioneers host a unique charity guitar concert in aid of Future Talent. Starring such luminaries of the guitar world as Gareth Pearson, Raymond Burley John Etheridge, Gordon Giltrap and featuring special guest appearance

NAMM 2015: Barnes & Mullins to distribute Peavey in the UK

Peavey Electronics has appointed Barnes & Mullins as its new UK and Ireland distributor. The agreement was confirmed at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, where Barnes & Mullins’ joint managing directors Brian Cleary and Bruce Perrin stood alongside Hartley Peavey, Peavey Electronics’ founder, and



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.


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Learn to play like Tommy Emmanuel

There’s barely a country in the world that doesn’t feature somewhere on Tommy Emmanuel’s touring itinerary. It seems like the man is on a never-ending marathon of concerts, recording sessions and seminars that takes him, quite literally, to all corners

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RJ Thompson talks Taylor Guitars, Jools Holland, and House Upon The Hill

Acoustic talks to RJ Thompson – a singer-songwriter making waves with his latest EP House Upon The Hill and one who opens the debut edition of our CD: Acoustic Magazine Presents…  ‘It’s my professional name,’ RJ Thompson starts with a laugh, ‘because my name


Glenn Tilbrook & Chris Difford

For the first time in 20 years, Squeeze’s Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford will be joining forces as a duo to head out on a run of sold out UK shows – The At Odds Couple Tour – to celebrate


(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)  

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Deering Boston six-string £1,640

Leon Hunt yanks the Deering Boston six-string from the hands of Taylor Swift to give you the run down on this electro-acoustic banjo, aimed squarely at guitar players. The Deering Banjo Company is a quality American brand that has gone

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Taylor 810 £2,519

Can a great guitar get even better? Alun Lower finds out how Taylor is trying to improve on perfection… I had a thought-provoking debate with a fellow guitarist recently. Having just laid his hands on a stunning, handmade guitar produced by


PJE Parlour £4,400

It’s retro all the way with this latest parlour guitar from the redoubtable Patrick James Eggle… David Mead comes over all old–timey Remember the old complaint: “They don’t make ‘em like they used to…”? Well a few instrument makers seem

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