Session King review

Session King review

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Blog

  Most of the first crop of Session King guitars are in their new homes – only a couple getting the posh high gloss finish are still to go out. So I asked one of the new owners if they could give their guitar a bit of a write up for the blog:   Here […]

Why are my guitars so heavy? How come they’re so loud?

Why are my guitars so heavy? How come they’re so loud?

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Blog

Wow that’s heavy! Wow that’s loud!   Those are the first two things most folk say when they play my guitars.   So why are my guitars so heavy? This question comes up a lot. It’s true, compared to what others are making, currently I make rather heavy guitars and this goes against much of the […]

One new guzouki and one happy chap!

One new guzouki and one happy chap!

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Blog

One new guzouki and one happy chap! My customers have been very patient this year and I’m very glad. Things have taken much longer than I expected what with the move to Germany coming up. So it’s nice when I get to hear how happy folk are who’ve received their instruments after waiting so long. […]

On retreat

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Blog

Silence! I’m on silent retreat until the 21st July so won’t be able to answer any emails. Thanks, Nigel

Barrule new album – Manannan’s Cloak

Barrule new album – Manannan’s Cloak

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Blog

More Manx Guzouki action! One of the best bands on the “folk” circuit Barrule who hale from the Isle of Man and feature NK Forster bouzouki and guitar bouzouki (guzouki? gzouk?) player Adam Rhodes.   In May they released their second album Manannan’s Cloak. If you’ve not heard it you can get a copy HERE. […]

“The loudest tenor guitar I’ve ever played…”

“The loudest tenor guitar I’ve ever played…”

Posted by on May 31, 2015 in Blog

That’s what one pal said to me after playing the latest  Session King instrument – a 22″ scale tenor guitar.     The body is based on my guitar bouzouki shape – it’s a OM sized body with a short squareish top bout.     The back and sides are Osage orange, an interesting timber […]

Session King videos and sound samples

Session King videos and sound samples

Posted by on Apr 12, 2015 in Blog

Ian Stephenson and Tom Fletcher have made a few videos and sound samples so you can compare the different types of Session King – the spruce top and the mahogany top, and you can compare the difference between Tom’s fingerstyle and Ian’s pick playing. It’s a good idea to rig your computer up to your […]

My favourite guitar – Howe Orme

My favourite guitar – Howe Orme

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Blog

Is this the best acoustic guitar in the world? Possibly! Me pal Seth Tinsley made this very nice video featuring my 1890’s Howe Orme. We both fell in love with this guitar – it’s magnificent.  I bought it a couple of years back after searching for some 15 years or so. Well worth the wait. […]

Interview with Johnny Dickinson

Interview with Johnny Dickinson

Posted by on Feb 1, 2015 in Blog

Some of you will know Johnny has had a rough old time the last few years, but he’s back and playing the odd gig here and there. I caught up with him backstage at a gig in Newcastle late last year, and I asked him, what had been going on.     As you can […]

What is a Celtic mandolin?

What is a Celtic mandolin?

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Blog

What is a Celtic mandolin?     How would you define the Celtic mandolin as opposed to any other mandolin? For the purposes of this article we will compare and contrast a “Celtic” mandolin with the Gibson A4 and F5 models. Why? Because they have become the two “standard” mandolins used in western music today. […]