Lessons learned from lockdown

This year has seen the most use of the word ‘unprecedented’ that I have ever seen, and probably for good reason. Do what you can now, and if you can’t do it now, plan for later Getting started on something can often be hard. During lockdown, I’ve found myself exhausted after a full day ofContinue reading “Lessons learned from lockdown”

I accidentally bought a guitar, and ended up with an unexpected bargain

I’ve noticed a few decent-looking guitars going for sale on eBay recently. In the past, I’ve picked up a few great instruments and amps, including the Strat which was my main touring guitar for a decade, as well as two Fender Mustang floor units, which I use for live work most of the time nowadays.Continue reading “I accidentally bought a guitar, and ended up with an unexpected bargain”

Great Guitarists #9: Grant Green

Welcome back to the Great Guitarists series. We’re continuing along a jazz theme for now, with a sometimes underrated master of understated single line guitar soloing… Grant Green Green was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1935, and died in 1979, aged just 43. In his all-too-short career, he played on hundreds of records, includingContinue reading “Great Guitarists #9: Grant Green”

New projects, despite lockdown

As well as using Twitter to announce new projects, or update people on ongoing ones, I sometimes reminisce about ones from years ago, such as this one… For some reason, I kept thinking of this, and on top of everything else I have planned (post-COVID), I’d quite like to explore what a power trio canContinue reading “New projects, despite lockdown”

R.I.P. Julian Bream (1933-2020), a giant in the world of classical guitar

Not many classical guitar players are household names, either worldwide or here in the UK. Andres Segovia might be one, as a pioneer for performance of the instrument in it’s modern form. However, I’d suggest more people have heard of two of his more famous successors on the international performance stage. One is the veryContinue reading “R.I.P. Julian Bream (1933-2020), a giant in the world of classical guitar”

Gig in a garden

It’s been five months, almost to the day, since my last live performance in March. That’s the longest I’ve gone without playing live in my entire adult life, let alone career. It felt like the right time to get The Nick Gladdish Band around for a outdoor rehearsal in my garden in Northumberland. Last SaturdayContinue reading “Gig in a garden”