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.
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.
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…
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
The Shires’ debut album Brave has hit the UK’s top 10 making them the first homegrown country act to break into that coveted slot The Shires, Crissie Rhodes and Ben Earle (from Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire) – who recently became the first…
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 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…
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.
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.
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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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…