Great Guitarists #11: Sister Rosetta Tharpe

In this installment, a singer and guitar player who took the blues, folk and gospel and created what could arguably be considered the forerunner to rock’n’roll… Sister Rosetta Tharpe Born in 1915, Tharpe (born Rosetta Nubin) started playing guitar and singing in church at the young age of just four years old. Touring with anContinue reading “Great Guitarists #11: Sister Rosetta Tharpe”

Great Guitarists #10: Mary Osborne

In this, the tenth installment of my Great Guitarists series, I’m a little ashamed to say we have only looked at male guitar players so far. So, to round off my first ‘dectet’ of influential guitar players (and keeping in a jazz theme, like the previous installments), let me introduce to you Mary Osborne… OsborneContinue reading “Great Guitarists #10: Mary Osborne”

A year of books (Apr-Jun)

It’s been three months since my last article on the books I am reading in 2020 (which you can read here). At the end of March, the UK was officially in lockdown, and throughout April many of us got used to new ways of working (or not working), as well as working out what toContinue reading “A year of books (Apr-Jun)”

A year of books: every title I read in 2020 (Jan-Mar)

Every year is a year of books for me. I am an unashamedly committed bibliophile. However, I rarely review the books I read, preferring to make recommendations in conversation with other book lovers. This year is different. For those who don’t already know, the UK (like many countries) has been under a kind of lockdownContinue reading “A year of books: every title I read in 2020 (Jan-Mar)”