MARTHA SPENCER &
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
THE MORRIS BOYS
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.
photo Rob Jewell
FLATS & SHARPS
THUNDERBRIDGE BLUEGRASS BOYS
JACK LAWRENCE & RICHARD PLANK
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."
(Thanks Dave, that's much appreciated. We both had a great time on the tour - it was a lot of fun. Jack & Richard)
Steamboat Whistle Blues - Jack Lawrence
The Whole World Round - Jack Lawrence
Travelin' Man - Jack Lawrence & Richard Plank
KEITH HILLS & 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.
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
Deep River Blues
Sitting On Top Of The World
Pallet On The Floor
The Glory Of Love
A Better Friend
THE BLUE ANCHOR - November 2011
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.
"It is a sad fact that while the reputations of British Systems’ artists are held in high esteem in Europe, their achievements have been long ignored by elements of the UK art establishment. The Systems Group was founded by Malcolm Hughes and Jeffrey Steele in 1970. Their creative vision brought together a collection of artists whose approach to abstract art was based on the conception of the object being constructed from a vocabulary of basic geometric elements in accordance with some form of pre-determined and often mathematical system. Their paintings appeal to the mind, as well as to the eye, and shows fine qualities of precision, clarity of form and rationality of process in their creation." With thanks to Narelle Doe
Malcolm Hughes - Artist & Teacher
22 July 1920 - 19 September 1997
"Malcolm Hughes was that rare thing among British artists: a creative thinker who openly rejected individualism and sought to foster collective strategies for the production and display of works of art. His anti-Romantic stance, and his desire to found his practice on clear, systematic procedures, led him at an early stage to take up the tradition of geometrical abstraction.
For over 30 years, he continued to explore this path, employing his meticulous craftsmanship to make reliefs and paintings which invariably combined an underlying logic with an intense physical presence." With thanks to Stephen Bann
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 - rjphoto
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.
Spring & Summer 2011 Endorsement
Nothing but the best is recommended here
The Comet Grill
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!