Next…

I thought that I might start taking my time and make a proper effort with the blog. Perhaps re-organise and give all posts a structure and may be even rename – take out the ‘Music’ from the title as it’s as much about books (and children’s in particular) as is it about Music.

Thoughts?

 

Photograph of meself on the North Yorkshire Moors.
‘Tis I, on the North Yorkshire Moors.

Avalon L325 acoustic guitar

This Avalon is now sold.

 

The time has come to part with the musical instrument, software etc that I haven’t used in a long while.

My Ireland built Avalon L325 Legacy Premier that I purchased new from the Cheltenham Acoustic Guitar show has been out of its case less than a dozen times and so falls into that category. The instrument is a beautiful one and although I loved it at the show, I thought it too expensive to play regularly or put on a stand when I got it back home. It has a Hiscox case and all of the paperwork that originally came with it. It was built in the original Avalon factory in Newtownards, Ireland.

Enough writing. Here are the pictures:

avalon and case
Avalon L325 guitar and case.
avalon only
Avalon L325 guitar top and side.
full avalon back
Avalon L325 figured rosewood back.
avalon side figuring
Avalon L325 figured side. Sides are bookmatched.
avalon soundhole
B Band magnet and condenser mic pickup.
avalon headstock back
Avalon L325 back of headstock
avalon headstock front
Avalon L325 headstock front
avalon mark
Only damage on guitar (just to the right of the penny).

 

Photos @ The Chapel

I didn’t take a lot of photos at last night’s Tony McManus gig – it always seems a shame to spoil other people’s enjoyment by setting off a flash and the internet is populated with thousands (if not more) of pictures of gigs. It’s a wonder that any artist can make a living when there are so many photographs and videos available. I did ask Tony and the concert organisers permission before I snapped away.

The photographs are:

Tony’s set up before the concert started (It was great to get close enough to see the signature PRS).

The inside of the venue (beautiful chapel, well maintained).

Tony signing my copy of “Mysterious Boundaries” in the interval (Bought three CDs and had three in mind).

Tony tuning up before the second set began (I just took this to have a picture of Tony with an instrument in his hands).

A brilliant night, I can’t believe there was an audience of just 49 (I counted them), has nobody in south Wales heard of this VERY talented man?

 

Tonight @ Y Fenni

Really looking forward to seeing Tony McManus tonight at the Chapel in Abergavenny.

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Have a box of 20 Potter’s Chesty Cough Pastilles to avoid disturbing anybody’s enjoyment of the concert.

 

Tony McManus John Mann’s

The first in a fantastic set of videos from Tony McManus filmed at John Mann’s guitar vault. There’s some hilarious playing later in the series with “Stairway to Heaven” played in various styles, some groan worthy jokes and demonstrations of SE guitars plus a very special guest for a duet. Downside is the constant talking of the audience – they wouldn’t put up with it in any venue in my locality!

I’m hoping to get my ticket for this Thursday’s concert in Abergavenny, Wales, UK later today.