What’s this About?
I’m planning to make this blog post into a documentary resource of the jams, based on photos, video and, best of all, memories. This was an incredible time in my life – I moved to Luxembourg in 2001, got married in 2002 and had our first child in 2004. When I flew out to Georgia for the second jam in October 2004, my daughter was six months old. I remember playing a little ditty to mark the day, a silly little song I’d written called the Freya Shuffle.
I was playing guitar obsessively around this time and spending much of my non-playing time on forums talking guitar and making friends. Travelling to Georgia for the second Little Brother Acoustic Jam in September 2004 was a life-changing event in my life. It’s so nice to look back on that now as I write this in 2020 and go through old photos and videos to write this post. It’s the friendships, you know? It was such a magical thing that I can’t even fully express with the written word.
A collection of guitar nerds gathering together under the hospitality of two amazing people, Little Brother and his amazing wife, Kay. I’m actually feeling my eyes moisten a little as I write this. The memories are so strong and so positive.
The First Jam
The first Little Brother Jam was in the weekend of 18 October, 2003. I didn’t attend, but I watched the content that was coming out on the forum as it was happening and felt real pangs of FOMO. I made sure that I didn’t miss out again!
The Next Jams
The jams ran over consecutive years from 2003 – 2007. Hang on, I think there might have been one in 2008 at a different venue. I didn’t make that one because I’d just moved to Arran and bought a Post Office. I have no info on that one at all; in fact, I’m not even sure that it happened. I might be remembering things wrong. Wouldn’t be the first time!
The Reunion Jam
The was a reunion one-off jam in 2011, which coincided nicely with my 40th birthday. In fact I was at the jam when that auspicious day arrived. I believe there’s some video footage somewhere of the birthday song, and maybe of Steve Tribbet’s ripping the utter mickey, wearing a fake kilt and making me laugh so hard. I think that was that year.
Cams is a guitar enthusiast living on the Isle of Arran in Scotland with his wife and two teenaged children. He has a fine collection of instruments and enjoys playing live around the island.