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


Chris Thomas (Sr. Mgr Artist Relations), Amani Duncan (VP Brand Marketing), Thomas Rhett and Fred Greene (Chief Product Officer)
Photo Courtesy of Martin Guitar

Thomas Rhett Strikes A Chord With C.F. Martin & Co.

C.F. Martin & Co. has invited hit US country singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett into their prestigious Martin Ambassador Program which honors musicians for their understanding and appreciation of the guitar’s history and craftsmanship. The CMA New Artist of the Year nominee had the unique opportunity to visit their


Acoustic magazine presents: The Book of British Guitar Making

Acoustic magazine, the UK’s leading authority on all things acoustic guitar, is set to release The Book of British Guitar Making: The Essential Guide To Bespoke Acoustic Luthiery in the United Kingdom. In this essential guide to British guitar making,


Newton Faulkner completes the London Acoustic Guitar Show line-up

Newton Faulkner will bring his exemplary blend of percussive fingerstyle guitar to the London Acoustic Guitar Show 2014. The multi-platinum selling songwriter will host an intimate masterclass for show visitors on Sunday 14 September at London’s Olympia centre. Newton Faulkner



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.



Lewis Watson

He built his fanbase from his bedroom using YouTube, has had five top 10 EPs on iTunes, and is just about to release his debut album The Morning with Warner Bros. Records. Lewis Waton is the new generation of troubadour –


Carlene Carter

Keeper of the country flame. Words: Teri Saccone Carlene Carter descends from country music royalty, yet she’s never been content to exploit her name as creative currency. Now she’s singing her family connections quite literally on her latest release Carter


Dominic Miller

When Dominic Miller isn’t out on the road or in the studio with Sting, he takes time to maintain a very successful solo career. David Mead talks to him about his latest solo release, Ad Hoc… Words by David Mead


Discovering DADGAD

Issue 97: ‘Into The Sandbox’ Example 1 example 1 cont. Examples 2-7

In The Loop

Issue 97: Overdubbing with contrasting time signatures Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Example 4 Example 5

12-String Corner: Jacob’s Ladder

Download Jacob’s Ladder from issue 97′s 12-String Corner Jacobs Ladder Music & Tab



Faith Neptune £799

The humble all-mahogany acoustic gets a sharp makeover courtesy of Patrick James Eggle and Faith Guitars. Alun Lower takes a look… Think of an all-mahogany acoustic, and what comes to mind? I for one nearly always envisage an old-timey dreadnought


James Neligan Deveron Series DEV-PFI, £255

Cash-strapped songwriters rejoice; James Neligan has dished up yet another bargain. Alun Lower investigates… If you were to ask the average gear-head to list the potential flaws with a sub-£200 guitar, you’d soon have a pretty comprehensive list that would


Faith Bog Oak Signature Series £1,999

Amazingly, some of the wood in this guitar pre-dates Stonehenge – Acoustic’s very own antique, David Mead, has the story… If you’re not familiar with bog oak, it’s basically incredibly rare wood from ancient forest land that was devastated at

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