Reblog: Three things we can learn from Sir George Martin (1926-2016)

Legendary producer of The Beatles, Sir George Martin, passed away on this day, five years ago. The following day, I wrote this article on a now-defunct page. Reposting here to mark this sad anniversary: Sir George Martin, most famous for acting as the producer of all but one of The Beatles’ albums, passed away yesterday,Continue reading “Reblog: Three things we can learn from Sir George Martin (1926-2016)”

In praise of The Animals

I recently read about the passing of Hilton Valentine, the original guitarist for The Animals, who has died, aged 77. Valentine’s simple arpeggiated riff in the band’s version of the traditional tune House of the Rising Sun remains one of the most recognisable guitar parts in the history of rock’n’roll. Valentine’s passing caused me toContinue reading “In praise of The Animals”

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”