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Brilliant invention for slide guitar players!

A couple of years ago I bought a bunch of slides at a trade fair, so I could try them out and see which I liked. A couple of steel tubes, heavy brass one, one of glass in one of porcelain. The glass one lasted about one day – it rolled off the table and broke. No great loss, as, to my surprise, I wasn’t very impressed with the sound which was dull compared to the metal ones. Decades ago I used the actual necks of actual bottles: I would score around the neck with a file in the hope of encouraging the right fracture line, wrap my hand in a towel, grab the neck and smash it against a brick. The success rate was probably something like 20%, and those that were workable then had to be ground so that the broken end didn’t then slice your finger as you played. But nowadays you can just go to a shop. Read more

Special offer

I’ve been down to check out local bands at this venue two or three times since it opened in late April. It’s early days, and we can’t yet tell how it’s going to do, but the place could naturally do with support at this early stage. I’m performing there on Saturday 11 June. I had said that I’d be starting at 9.30 p.m., but the organizers have changed the time to 10:00 pm on their announcement, so I guess that’s what it will be. So here’s the offer:
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A couple of giggles in April ’16

Two things happened to make me smile last week-end.

We went to eat at Cà di Rossi, where my friend Luca Bertone was playing, with “Aldo Blues” on harmonica – Friday night is music night! Read more