Bluegrass London

London Bluegrass

On the verge of heading home after spending a long and enjoyable day teaching, I was snapped out of my routine by the sweet, driving and utterly distinctive sounds of Bluegrass. At first I thought it might just be a cool sounding record wafting over from the next door restaurant, but when I poked my head around the corner I could see a gathering of musicians in a semi-circle plucking and strumming away. This called for a definite beer stop!

Bluegrass London

Bluegrass London

As I stepped over the threshold into the bar I was greeted by the friendly and familiar face of Hugh Burns, a highly accomplished musician, tutor and warm-hearted gentleman. I quickly gathered that this was a Bluegrass session including some of the students he teaches at the academy. I perched on a comfy wooden seat and started to tap along to the steady rhythms and sipped my beer in quiet appreciation.

London Bluegrass Jam Session

Bluegrass is certainly experiencing a boom in popularity recently, and from listening to the players it was easy to see why. There was a wide range not just of instruments but also of abilities and ages amongst the musicians, and even though at times it was a little rough around the edges, the energy and chugging groove of the music was just right. As a lifelong fan of acoustic and ‘folk’ music, this session seemed to embody the inclusivity and fun that should always be at the heart of live music.
A great evening at a very mellow venue….I’d highly recommend keeping your ears out for this one to all Folk and particularly Bluegrass players and aficionados in London 🙂
Bluegrass jam London

Bluegrass jam London

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Jam Session

London Jam Session

Last night we gathered at Hugo’s for another fantastic evening of music, the third in our series of acoustic sessions. This time we took over the main room and were a little less unplugged than usual with the red light of a vintage Fender amp shining brightly from the stage! 

 

Hugh Burns led the session with his out-of-this-world-guitar playing and the lineup included a few new faces and instruments, among which were a few more guitars, harmonicas, trumpet and vocals. 

 Jamming

The repertoire bounced back and forth between between jazz standards like Satin Doll, Blue Bossa and Autumn Leaves, some Joni Mitchell, Eagles and Van Morrison and bluegrass tunes like John Whiskey Before Breakfast, all rounded off by a free flowing blues jam as an encore. 

 

The audience was enthusiastic enough to ask us to make our sessions into a regular event they can put in their diaries so watch this space for details! Thank you to Terry Relph-Knight for the photos.

Jam Night

Jam Night

 
Keep on rocking (and jazzing and folking),
 
The London Guitar Academy

London Guitar Academy

The London Guitar Academy is London’s only dedicated Rock Pop and Blues guitar school specialising in one to one guitar tuition in either electric or acoustic guitar.

Each lesson is tailored to suit each students individual taste and ability; offering a fresh and innovative approach to learning the guitar.

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