I'm going on tour with Steve Harley 

Very excited to tell you all I'll be going on tour with Steve Harley this spring! He's got a fantastic new album out 'Uncovered' which was recorded with Martin Simpson and I've been asked to fill his very big and incredibly talented shoes on tour. 

“Uncovered” includes interpretations of nine painstakingly chosen songs created in many instances by peers and contemporaries of Steve, those with shared histories and some that he admired from afar.  These are songs with heft and honesty that have always connected and resonated within him; this is material that he’s always wanted to perform and may even wish he’d written!  This diverse collection of Harley’s Interpretations is in some ways an almanac rather than just a set of great tracks: Steve’s links with some of the songwriters go back to the very start of their careers: Bowie in Beckenham; Dylan throughout his early teens; Cat Stevens/Yusuf and Paul McCartney, both massive early influences…

I'll be touring as part of his new acoustic band featuring: Steve Harley on vocals and guitars, Barry Wickens on viola, violin, mandolin and acoustic guitar, Oli Hayhurst on double bass and Tom Hooper on percussion.

I'm really excited! Come and watch us. Links to tour dates are below!

cheers

David

https://www.steveharley.com/dates.html

Old Tom of Oxford / Rochdale Coconut Dance 

Two tunes I've been teaching recently at my guitar workshops for the English Folk Dance and Song Society. The first is an amalgamation of my own ideas and Martin Carthy's arrangement of 'Old Tom of Oxford' from his awesome Crown of Horn album (go buy it) followed by an old session favourite. Hope you like it. I've got TABS for both if anyone wants a copy...

Delta Blues Monday #28 

Here are the opening 4 bars to Willie Brown's master piece 'Mississippi Blues' - recorded on the LSF-59 library of congress LP. The intro features these great chord inversions and a lovely descending bass line make sure you check out the rest of the song as its got some great alternating bass and contrapuntal guitar lines.

Delta Blues Monday #27 

 

Here is a great little outro lick to get round your fingers! Its taken from Willie Brown's masterpiece 'Ragged and Dirty' which can be found on the Library of Congress record LSF-59. If you want to play along to the record make sure you stick the capo on the 7th fret. Its got some great stuff in that song that I'm still getting my head around so no doubt we'll probably revisit this one later in the year!

Delta Blues Monday #26 

This week I decided to look at arguably Robert Johnsons most famous song - Kind Hearted Woman Blues. I love the changes between the Dom7, Dim7 and Min6 all derived from one simple chord shape. These chord changes have become pretty much synonymous with blues guitar and are a must to learn for any budding blues guitarists! Have fun! 

Come and Learn Folk Guitar With Me! 

For a few years now I've been teaching a series of folk guitar workshops on a Saturday afternoon at Cecil Sharp House. I love it! We always get a good amount of people (10-15) and its a really relaxed and fun way of learning in a group. 

There's still a few spaces left for both workshops (Beginner and Intermediate) so please check out this link for more info:

SATURDAY FOLK MUSIC WORKSHOPS

Delta Blues Monday #25 

This awesome little lick comes from the intro of 'Terraplane Blues' - one of Robert Johnsons' big hits selling 5000 copies when it was first released. Its a great song littered with lots of sexual innuendo and metaphor about his car not working properly anymore. I expect he used to play it with a slide in open A tuning E A E A C# E with a capo on the 2nd fret, but I'm playing it in standard with a capo on the 3rd fret. This is mainly because I suck at slide and altereed tunings!

Delta Blues Monday #24 

For this weeks #DeltaBluesMonday I've looked at the into to 'From Four Until Late' by Robert Johnson. It was made famous by Eric Clapton and is a great example of Robert Johnson playing around with the blues. The harmonic movement from C7 - F/A - Fm/Ab - G7 is very reminiscent of rag time guitarists like Blind Blake, Big Bill Broonzy or Lonnie Johnson. Make sure you listen to the original to get an idea of the swing and groove in the the 4th measure.

Delta Blues Monday #23 

This intro to 'Sweet Home Chicago' contains all of the classic Robert Johnson turnaround patterns. It moves between the I-IV-I-V chord changes in the two measure phrase and uses that classic shuffle rhythm. I love the chord voicing for the B7 chord too - the 5th in the bass really adds a lot of dirt to the chord. Check out Robert Johnsons 'Sweet Home Chicago' here: https://youtu.be/O8hqGu-leFc