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



Acoustic to launch new cover-mounted CD ‘Acoustic Presents…’

Acoustic Presents… is the brand new cover-mounted CD, available exclusively for free with the UK’s biggest selling dedicated acoustic guitar monthly Acoustic magazine. Acoustic Presents… is the ideal way of getting your music heard to a dedicated audience of music

Jon Hart performing at the 2014 London Acoustic Guitar Show

Jon Hart & Chris Woods for headline Isle of Wight show

Former Platform One College of Music student Jon Hart returns to Newport to play his debut headline show on the Isle of Wight alongside friend and renowned acoustic guitarist Chris Woods on 14 November 2014 at the Quay Arts Centre

C2C returns on 7&8 March 2015

Country to Country festival returns on 7 & 8 March 2015

Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean and more US country acts head to the UK for two nights of country music at London’s O2 arena.  After enjoying huge success in March 2014 when 50,000 country fans packed out



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.



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

Imagine (C) Richard Ecclestone

Barefaced Chic

Nile Rodgers of Chic is the greatest disco songwriter of them all – and a man whose guitar skills have influenced two generations of musicians. Joel McIver asks the great man the questions while trying not to… aaaaah… freak out!

(C) Richard Ecclestone

Brynn Hiscox: Case History

Case makers are often the unsung heroes of the acoustic guitar marketplace, even though they are the people who take considerable pains to protect our most valuable music assets. One notable British success story is that of Hiscox Cases and


Issue 100: Gordon Giltrap

Gordon Giltrap’s ‘Quest For Nonsuch’ from issue 100 Quest for Nonsuch

Issue 100: Raymond Burley

Ray’s arrangement of Gordon Giltrap’s ‘Tears Of Joy’ for classical guitar GILTRAP_Tears_of_Joy

Issue 100: 12-String Corner

Paul Brett’s ‘Walking On My Grave’ from issue 100 Walking on my grave v2 – Full Score


(C) Richard Ecclestone

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


Taylor GS Mini mahogany £503

Take a fully sized Taylor Grand Symphony, shrink it down to munchkin size and what have you got? David Mead is on a mission to find out… The Taylor GS Mini has been around for a few years now, but

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