Slide Guitar Festival and workshops – Jan 2010

Posted on: Wednesday, Dec 16, 2009


Just outside our area but I am sure that some of you would like to hear about this event.

The first British Slide Guitar Festival featuring Michael Messer and many others.

23 Jan 2010

Atherstone, Warwickshire

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The 1st British Slide Guitar Festival

A general get together, workshop, and evening concert for a hundred like minded souls on 23rd of January 2010.

Michael Messer has agreed to perform with his musical partner of many years Ed Genis. Lucy Zirins will provide support.

Michael Messer will also host a workshop during the late afternoon for those of us who really want to know how he does it.

There will be a talk about the history of slide, by Ian McWee, “From beef bones & rail track nails, to plastic wonders”. He will bring a full set of examples to pass around for folks to try, and the session will be illustrated musically by the playing of Steve Thompson. After which a “Diamond Bottlenecks” Slide will be raffled. The proceeds will go to to Music Machine – “music for the community” an open access project which in conjunction with the Chelmsley Wood Baptist Church provide instruction and support as well as access to instruments in the B33,36 & 37 postcodes

Doors open at noon with a getting to know each other session and a rolling buffet . As the afternoon progresses, between the more formal events there will be an open mic. Those with a little less confidence can sign up for a partnered jam and spend a while playing and perhaps taking the  the open mic as a duo.

This will all take place in the Godiva Room and conservatory of The Red Lion, a 500 year old Coaching Inn & three star hotel situated in Long Street in Atherstone, North Warwickshire,  In addition to a very good restaurant, bar meals are also available.

Attendees will be eligible to take advantage of a Single occupancy tariff of £9 per night with B&B in one of the 37 rooms available.

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I chose Atherstone because it is situated on the A5 between the M6 M1 and M42. Travel is easy from all but the most far flung parts of England. I have checked the current availability of  rail super saver return tickets from York, Leeds, Cardiff, Exeter, Bristol, Southampton, and Liverpool and none costs more than £17 to Atherstone Station.

I am a punter and not looking at making my fortune out of this gig. In order to keep costs low and make this event available to as many players as possible, admission will be by pre payment of the full fee of £25. £26.50 if paying by Paypal

For details of how to register please email me at

So if you would like to support this festival get in touch with Percy, sounds that this could become a really good annual festival if enough people support it.

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