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I received a really nice comment on the post about Gerald Robert’s Nylon String Guitar site from the fantastic luthier Luis Alberto Feu de Mesquita.

Luis has designed and built a fabulous nylon string jazz guitar, based roughly on the design principles of the Macaferri. Check it, and other instruments, out on his website here >>

Nylon String Jazz guitar

Nylon String Jazz guitar

I wonder if there is enough in my piggy bank. . .?

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Here’s a small Direct Mail job I’ve just completed for one of my musical clients.

Chris Flegg, a jazz and folk guitarist/singer has just had a very nice new website designed by the excellent Katalysis. To promote this, and to get some more gigs in this currently very tough climate, Chris and myself have designed, produced and mailed out a few thousand of the following flyer:

ChrisFlegg marketing flyer

ChrisFlegg marketing flyer

I am pleased to say that return stats have been very positive (well within the normal expected DM return rates), and the activity has already led to some gigs in hitherto unknown venues. . .

We are hoping for even more return in the weeks to come , as the world slowly comes out of the recent awful slow-down.

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My friend Gerald Roberts has just sent me a note saying he has added some new video to his excellent website for nylon string guitar players – some vids of him playing the chord progressions/melodies of some well-known jazz standards.

All have his usual unique style, flair and sound – check out the introduction and resulting pages here >>

Nylon string jazz guitar website

Nylon string jazz guitar website

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Someone I know (not me I hasten to point out!) has just obtained the following guitar, a Sadowsky LS17:

Sadowsky-LS17

Sadowsky-LS17

What an amazing looking instrument – I have yet to try it but apparently the build quality and set up is fantastic! It has a slightly longer scale than a normal guitar (25.5 as compared to 24.3 on some), so is a bit longer in the neck – here’s a great shot of it side by side to a ES165 and the different is obvious:

Comparison

Comparison

Jealous, me!!??

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I guess it had to happen one day. . . !?

All joking aside, Gerald and I did a fantastic little duo gig yesterday evening, playing for a friend’s private art view. Part of the 2009 HVAF Open Studios, the show featured a collection of several artists’ work, and took place in the amazing old courthouse in St Albans (situated on the ground floor of the Town Hall building). Unfortunately, the only space available for us to sit and play was within the dock itself!

Accessible only through a tiny door (presumably to stop convicts from escaping too easily?), it was rather odd to play to a ‘audience’ whilst sitting in a low, enclosed pulpit-affair, literally separated from everyone by bars! Here are a few shots taken my my friend SI – all-in-all a great fun evening! We were only providing some very ambient / background music for the punters, but it seemed very well attended and there was some great art on show. The exhibition is called ‘Art Symphony’ and is open in two day blocks – 30th Sept / 1st Oct and 3 / 4 October.

Our amps, with the spiked bars of the dock behind us

Our amps, with the spiked bars of the dock behind us

Gerald and myself, firmly behind bars!

Gerald and myself, firmly behind bars!

The amazing roof in the centre of the Courthouse

The amazing roof in the centre of the Courthouse

Bizarrely, I realise it’s actually the second time I’ve played in a courthouse / dock! When I first got to know Navaro, they used to rehearse in the TV set where the BBC TV crime drama series ‘Judge John Deed’ was filmed! Here’s a very rubbish photo from a couple of years back – you can just see the band setting up on the far right:

'Judge John Deed' TV set

'Judge John Deed' TV set

Life is a strange thing…!

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Batkin, Roberts, Andrews Trio play at The Clocktower

Batkin, Roberts, Andrews Collective play at The Clocktower

On Sunday just gone, the Roberts, Batkin, Andrews Collective performed their third gig, this time in front of the old Clocktower in St Albans city centre.

The weather was great, the crowd actually stayed around to listen – generally a good time was had by all… Above is one photo – again I’ve put lots more shots (most of them courtesy of Alan’s lovely wife Amanda) on my Flickr site here >>

Thanks to all the loyal friends that came to support us – here’s to lots more gigs in the months to come!

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For what seems like ages now I’ve been writing and rehearsing with my stupendous nylon-sting guitar playing friend Gerald Roberts. Having done the tortuous bit (ie all the squabbling, negotiating and compromising needed to get an initial set of tunes together), we finally got around to getting some gigs…

Having played at a friends party (many thanks to CM and all the guests for putting up without musical fumblings throughout the evening), doing a gig in near-horizontal rain in a local park (thanks to all those brave enough to stay and watch us nearly getting electrocuted), we then went on to play a very nice charity fund-raising event in a beautiful and secluded country location. For all these gigs we were joined on upright bass by the excellent Alan Andrews, who makes a huge difference to the sound thanks to his massive bottom end!

Here’s a picture of us playing at the charity gig. . .

Us at a charity fund-raising garden party

Us at a charity fund-raising garden party

I like this photo as it shows just what a lovely setting it was. The speck on the skyline (just above Gerald’s right shoulder) is not a fault on the photo, but rather a rapidly approaching hot air balloon – what more could one ask for whilst sitting playing instrumental ‘world’ jazz music on a warm UK summer evening!

Here’s another shot, taken a bit later in the evening as the sun was beginning to set:

Us, a bit later on. . .

Us, a bit later on. . .

So, having got these first outings under out belt we are on the search for more playing opportunities, working on yet more material, and hopefully will get around to doing a recording in the not too distant future. Stay tuned…!

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