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It seems to be a quiet time of the year at the moment,

but scroll on down, to find the December Session Hosts at the Blue Anchor in Helston.

For some Thursday night, winter, good acoustic, musical entertainment.





How good it was to see Martha & Jackson over at

The Blue Anchor on Thursday 22nd. Along with a

lot of other good friends and musicians. We look

forward to a longer return visit from them soon.

In the meantime, you can find out more about them at:

The Whitetop Mountaineers




Long time practitioners of real Bluegrass music,

The Morris Boys, through their various line ups,

have been a mainstay of UK Bluegrass music

for many years.This year, with Pete Orgill,

from Plymouth, playing fiddle, they're looking forward to entertaining Festival audiences

with their own brand of straight-up,

single-mic traditional Bluegrass.

These boys know how it should be played.

Go see them when you can.


For more info: The Morris Boys
photo Rob Jewell





                         THUNDERBRIDGE BLUEGRASS BOYS




A now distant, but pleasant memory . . .


                             photos Rob Jewell


"... the virtuoso picking of Dick Plank and Jack Lawrence"

Roland Emmanuel, Cornish Bluegrass Festival review, British Bluegrass News, issue 55 

(Many thanks, Roland, we're glad you enjoyed the music)

"Saw Jack with Richard Plank at Didmarton Bluegrass Festival Saturday & Sunday Sept. 4th & 5th. Two terrific sets. Thanks Jack. I note that you are appearing down the road from me on Tuesday 14th Sept. Will steam along and hope to see you and Richard then, failing that will see you at Cornish Bluegrass Festival, 17th-19th Sept. Cannot wait."

Dave Hillier

(Thanks Dave, that's much appreciated. We both had a great time on the tour - it was a lot of fun. Jack & Richard)

Huge thanks to our friends at for their continued support & help with rehearsal space in their fantastic wizard casino


Steamboat Whistle Blues - Jack Lawrence

The Whole World Round - Jack Lawrence

Travelin' Man - Jack Lawrence & Richard Plank



"Some sporty, if not downright fancy, guitar picking and singing"

Scroll down for a selection of bootleg video clips...







Friday, December 10th, 2010

Plank and Hills, Cornwall’s top guitarists at St Ives Arts Club

KEITH HILLS and Dick Plank are returning to play at St Ives Arts Club on Saturday, December 18th.

Both, as solo performers or in various line-ups, the pair have been stalwarts of the St Ives music scene

over a good few decades now. Keith, legendary for his virtuoso guitar style, has been a constant inspiration

to generations of Cornish guitarists. Dick Plank’s love of ‘Old Time’ and ‘Bluegrass’ helped him establish

strong ties with the US, bringing over several great proponents of those styles to perform in West Cornwall.

LOT OF TRAVELLING Both did a lot of travelling out of Cornwall since the last show. Keith’s been playing at

various clubs and pubs along the south coast. While Dick had the pleasure of touring the UK in September,

playing with Jack Lawrence, the renowned guitarist from Charlotte, North Carolina and the musical partner

of the legendary Doc Watson. Jack Lawrence and Dick headlined at some major Festivals, including the

Cornish Bluegrass Festival, and appeared in theatres, acoustics clubs and folk clubs. The acoustic duo’s

Arts Club concert will be offering a wide variety of folk and blues numbers. Always a great opportunity to

see and hear two of the counties very best fingerstyle guitarists in action. Tickets £6.00/£5.00 on the door

at 7.30 p.m. You can find out more about Keith, Dick and many other fine local and US performers

on the ‘acousticart’ website.

We gratefully acknowledge permission from Toni Carver, Folk musician & proprietor of The St.Ives Times & Echo,

for the use of the above article.


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Richard Plank and Keith Hills are currently in the recording studio

working together on their first CD. Something, indeed, to look forward to.

We'll keep you posted as to it's progress.



Take A Whiff On Me
Nobodies Business
Ragtime Millionaire
Deep River Blues
Sitting On Top Of The World
Pallet On The Floor
The Glory Of Love
A Better Friend



Helston, Cornwall

For many years one of the most popular watering holes for acoustic musicians.

Not least because of the very fine beer brewed on the premises. Be sure to try pinball slots during the interval.









For those of us in West Penwith who'd like to improve their vocal & instrumental skills,

whether adults or children, we'd recommend trying Michaela:

 I specialise in one-to-one tuition for adults and children in acoustic /electric guitar, bass, ukulele, singing and song writing. Lessons are tailored to suit individual taste and ability.  Michaela Smith

"Michaela is an outstanding guitar player on acoustic and electric guitar in a range of styles. She has the patience and intuitive skill to pass over knowledge at the correct level to stretch the student and leave them with exactly the right amount of work to carry through until the next lesson."   Alan Wilkinson


On this website you will see a number of photographs taken by our friend

Rob Jewell

He's one of the best professional photographers we've ever come across.

Whatever your needs might be, we'd firmly encourage you to use him.


A new addition to our occasional series   From The Archives... No2

is featured below. From days long gone, at The Western Hotel in St.Ives.

Some rare video footage of a few local musical friends.



Winter 2011 Endorsement

Nothing but the best is recommended here

The Comet Grill

Charlotte NC

Tuesday night at The Comet features Red Rocking Chair:

Dale Myer, Jack Lawrence, Tom Kuhn & Michael Reno Harrell


Owner, Tommy Noblett has continued to make the Comet Grill stand up to the expectations of patrons from years past.  Live music every week with Friday night legends, The Lenny Federal Band, tearing it up without fail.  Furthermore, the food is delicious and the weekly specials will help you save a buck or two.  There is always a friendly mix of locals and newcomers, young and old, where all are welcome.  Go there now!


Keep listening and supporting  UK Country Radio as it increasingly plays Old Time, Bluegrass & American Folk music:


From The Archives... No 2

Roy Ray, Richard Plank, Nigel Wood, Mike Pritchard & John Dowling



  • Don't forget to join the BBMA & keep up to date with the best in British Bluegrass:
  • And here's a link through to more info on the British Bluegrass music scene:
  • For lovers of Old Time Music, here's the site to visit & support:
  • And, last, but by no means least, our friends at the Cornish Bluegrass Association 


Acousticart Presents

The Travelling Acoustic Show

Here's a few photos & video clips from concerts held in 2007 & 2008

Richard Plank
Keith Hills
Cloudy In The West


Keith Hills
Richard Plank & Guy Charles

TAS at Blisland Village Hall 2007

Richard Plank

Pallet On The Floor

The Cat Came Back

Richard Plank & Roy Ray

You Done Me Wrong

Tragic Romance

Geoff & Michaela Smith

Kathryn's Cabin


Keith Hills

Stone Cold Sober

The Streets Of Hamburg

TAS at The Hall for Gwinear 2007
Richard Plank & Guy Charles
Hometown Blues
Little Stream of Whiskey

Keith Hills
Old Man's BikeLady Of My Dreams

Cloudy In The West
Gotta Travel On



Foggy Bottom String Band

Nigel Wood

Mike Pritchard

Michele Brown

Long-time friends & colleagues of


Just click on the pic



And, not before time, here is a link to two more

well-known & popular local musicians:

Jacqui Callis & Tony Minnion

and their band






Keith Hills


Folk-Blues & Ragtime Acoustic Guitarist

and you can visit Keith's new website:



Local Session Update:           

This one we know is still operating

The Kings Arms 

Paul, nr Penzance, Cornwall

every Tuesday.  9pm.

Although we don't think there's much Bluegrass,

Old Time or Folk Blues going on there now.

Still, it's a nice pub.

The photo is only a guide.

So don't take it literally...