Tamworth Bluegrass Festival

Once again we are pleased to be included in the line up at the Tamworth Bluegrass Festival. This is a great little festival with a lovely atmosphere!

Tamworth BIuegrass Festival is held at Fillongley Village Hall, which is situated in the heart of the Midlands, with easy motorway and railway links.

  • Where:  Fillongly Village Hall, 
  • Coventry Road,
  • Fillongley
  • CV7 8EQ
  • When:  21st – 24th June 2019

Buy Tickets.

Contact the festival admin.

Oundle Fringe Festival

So pleased to be asked back to the Oundle Fringe Festival.

Fringe week sees Oundle thronged with entertainers of all genres’ in the town’s pubs, hotels, cafes and streets. You will find anything from tribute bands to poetry readings, the blues to thumping rock, the gentle sounds of classical French Parisian café music, swirling, kicking, tapping, clicking dance teams, comedy performances and maybe the odd Shakespearian ode or two drifting about the town. Once you arrive in Oundle during that week, day or night, there’s no escape, you will be entertained!

When: Tuesday 9th July.

Where:   The Stahl Theatre
West St, 

Doors Open: 18.45
Tickets: The Oundle Box Office

Orwell Bluegrass Festival

New Essex Bluegrass Band

Pictured above: Our good friends “The New Essex Bluegrass Band” who sadly hung up their hats at the end of the 2018 season. This Band were always firm favourites at the Orwell Festival and so it seems only right that we use this picture on the Festival post.

Over the years the Orwell Festival has grown to become one of the major Bluegrass and Old Time Festivals in the UK. Situated at the Hallowtree Scout Centre in Nacton, just outside Ipswich in Suffolk, and 3 minutes drive off the A14 the venue is very popular with festival goers. Hallowtree is a truly amazing place – an undulating wooded site of approximately 42 acres set in beautiful quiet woodland and meadows off the north shore of the Orwell estuary, with plenty of space to pitch your tent, caravan, motor home. There is a dedicated “quiet area” for those wishing to temporarily retreat from the driving musical scene! The air is full of birdsong (the early morning nightingales competing with the odd musician who refuses to go to bed!), and there is a marvellous view over the river Orwell and plenty of walks along the waterside or in the woods to enjoy. Dogs are allowed on site, but must be kept on a lead at all times, and are not allowed inside the buildings or marquees (guide dogs excepted).

When: 10th – 12th May 2019

Where: Hallow Tree Scout Camp,
IP10 0JP

It is sad to announce that 2019 will be the last Festival after 13 years. So if you have never been or are one of our stalwart attendees, this will be your last chance to enjoy the wonderful music, atmosphere and overall camaraderie and friendliness of this legendary Festival.

Bluegrass at Mama Liz’s

Looking forward to our second visit to Mama Liz’s over at Stamford.

This is a real fun place to play, great food and lovely people. Hope to see there. It is a free event (no tickets required)

When: Sunday March 10th. 2019.

Start: 16.00

Finish: 18.00

Where.  “Mama Liz’s”  Bar and Restaurant, 9a North Street,
Stamford,   Lincs.

Contact:  Email:

Phone:       01780 765888


Looking forward to our very first visit to Mama Liz’s,   looks like a great venue!     Check it out!

When:     Sunday 18th November 2018,  Show starts 4.00pm.

Where:  “Mama Liz’s”  Bar and Restaurant,

9a North Street,
Stamford,   Lincs.

Contact:  Email:

Phone:       01780 765888

We had a great time over at Mama Liz’s, what a brilliant venue! And after the show, there was a Bass lesson for Mick!


Live Acoustic Special

Time once again for a visit to the “Live Acoustic Special” in Loughborough, this time at a brand new venue.  This is always a fun night and a chance for us to meet up with other musicians, singers and songwriters.  All proceeds to Oxfam.

Thanks for the invite Howard, looking forward to it !

Where:   Carillion Sports/Cricket Club,   Moor Lane, Loughborough LE11 1ST.  When:      Tuesday 22nd May 2018  at 8pm.   Hope to see ya there.  Directions:     Map.

Peterson Strobe Tuner.

Over the years we have used many different types of electronic tuners, starting out with the old “Korg” guitar tuner with the big six position selector on the front. This was only any good for an instrument with an electronic output, or an acoustic instrument fitted with a pick-up. Then came the “clip on transducer leads” with a 1/4 jack plug on the other end for use with pretty well any tuner on the market.  Then more recently, a whole array of clip on tuners, most of which seem to work quite well.  However, I have now acquired a “Peterson Strobo Clip” tuner.    I can put my hand on my heart and say that this device  is the best clip on tuner I have ever used.

As an upright Bass player, I have to say that some of the tuners I have tried do not handle the low frequency of the “E String” very well and the only way to get anything  like a good reading is to tune using harmonics.  Not so with the Peterson!                  It responds perfectly to any frequency you throw at it, with a bright display that remains clear whether on a dark stage, under spotlights, or even in bright sunlight.  I have been using this tuner now for over twelve months with no problems and although they are expensive, I would buy another without hesitation.

Mick Cooper.




Our New PA System

We have long been huge fans of Bose sound equipment and for the last twenty five years have enjoyed trouble free, high quality sound from the legendary “Bose 802” speakers.

When the decision was made to go “digital” the truth was, we all wondered if we were making the the right choice. Our existing system produced great sound in both small and large venues alike.  (We once played Coventry City football stadium with this equipment) Continue reading “Our New PA System”