GEAR & ENDORSEMENTS
Roger Bucknall of Fylde Guitars, along with his small team of artisans make some of the finest acoustic guitars in the world. I’ve played many beautiful guitars during my career but nothing that betters a Fylde.
The best capos money can buy, period. My capo of choice is a G7th Heritage capo (gold-plated, and yes, personally engraved. Bling and indeed bling.)
The only strings I use. Phosphor bronze, 12-56 Custom Light, Nanoweb-coated, to be exact. They last ages, feel silky-smooth and sound warm and bright.
The Audio Sprockets ToneDexter is a game-changer, quite frankly. It restores the missing body-resonance an acoustic instrument loses with a piezo pickup, by blending your pre-recorded mic image into your dry signal, with supernatural results.
Creators of beautifully-made effects pedals which are nothing short of sonic masterpieces.
Hosts to my annual Acoustic Guitar Workshops, in August. A beautiful setting in the French countryside and within easy reach of some excellent coastal restaurants!
The crown-jewel of the UK guitar scene. I’ve been lucky enough to play almost every year since its inception. Move mountains to be there in October.
National Centre for Folk Arts in the UK. It runs as a charity and operates as the only residential folk centre in the country. Year-round events include retreats, workshops and concerts. I’ve taught several guitar workshops there and played concerts with some great musicians, such as Kevin Dempsey, Sam Carter and Charlotte Carrivick.