This is Martin playing a NK Forster guitar at the Acoustic Soundboard UK gathering in Halifax in September 2018 during the Saturday night Circle of Death performance circle.
This was my first time at the Acoustic Soundboard annual UK gathering, now in its 9th year and held in Halifax. Its roots are in Hebden Bridge, hence the moniker ‘HB’. This is a selection of photos that I took during the weekend. I had an absolutely wonderful time and was made to feel so welcome. If you enjoy good music and good people, I urge you to attend the gathering if you can. There were several luthiers showing their work, including Colin Symonds who built a guitar and raffled it off with the proceeds going to Prostate Cancer. That’s a glimpse into what kind of people you’ll meet in Halifax.
You can read an interview with Colin on the Acoustic Soundboard Forum here: Interview
If you’re keen, head on over to the Soundboard forum and register for an account. All the info you need will be published there, but it’s generally held in September.
I spoke to a few attendees in my little hotel room and really enjoyed doing it. It’s such a relaxed environment and that really comes over in the recordings I think.
Here is a selection of videos from the weekend, both Circle of Death and Plucky Dip performances.
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.
The Plucky Dip is a feature of the Acoustic Soundboard UK annual gatherings where random groups are selected ahead of time and given a couple of weeks to come up with a performance piece. Most leave the rehearsing till an hour before the performance, that is if they decide to do any rehearsing!
This is Keith Chesterton’s group. Keith is leading Lindisfarne’s song Meet me on the Corner. Keith’s on mandolin, Simon on octave mandolin, Andy on guitar and Ian on bass.
Michael at the Acoustic Soundboard UK annual gathering in Halifax, September 2018. This is a song written by the late great Hamish Imlach. This was Michael’s first gathering so I wasn’t the only HB virgin!