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Saturday 2nd June 2018

  Cigar Box Guitar workshop with Chicken Bone John

Have you ever fancied building your own guitar? Don’t know where to start? Well this is the event for you! Chickenbone John is a guitar builder, specialising in building three-string guitars out of cigar boxes, as played by the likes of Brooks Williams. This is a one-day course in which you can build your own guitar, and here are the details:
• 10am arrival for a 10.30am start
• Chickenbone John will teach and assist you in building your own 3-string cigar box guitar to take away at the end of the day
• All materials, tools and tuition included – just bring yourself and your enthusiasm!
• Lunch included, provided by The Coven
• Scheduled to finish around 3.30pm, then…
• 4pm: 1-hour workshop on how to play slide and the cigar box guitar from…wait for it…Brooks Williams!
• 5pm finish.

Brooks is also doing a concert for us in the evening at the same venue and we’ll be offering half-price tickets for his evening concert to those attending the workshop (£7 instead of £14). Extra tickets will need to be at full price. Chickenbone John is doing support on the night, but we’re happy for anyone who wants to get up and do a number with their new guitar, as is John!

Tickets:  £80.00 direct from David Hiney (07875 881436)  or WeGotTickets

and Evening concert

Brooks Williams

We are delighted to welcome Brooks Williams back to Wigan.

Brooks Williams hails from Statesboro, Georgia, the town made famous by country-blues legend Blind Willie McTell. Ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, he’s a mean finger-picker and a stunning slide guitarist. Plus, “he has a beautiful voice,” says AmericanaUK, “that you just melt into.” Not one easy to pigeon-hole, Brooks’ music is the love-child of country-blues and soulful Americana.

His massive repertoire spans classic roots and blues, Trouble In Mind, Backwater Blues and Mother Earth, as well as compelling covers from the likes of Dave Alvin, Buddy Miller and Mose Allison. His own songs are thoroughly alive with clearly-drawn ironic characters, like Frank Delandry and Evil Knievel, and rich in blues pathos.

Brooks Williams has worked stages worldwide for over twenty-five years, touring constantly in the US, UK and Europe. Audiences are often heard asking, how can one guitar and one voice sound like a full band? The San Antonio Light says that Williams is a “fret monster who has to be seen to be believed!”
“Stirring up soulful Americana, full-on blues and tasty rootsy grooves, he really rocks.” (fRoots)

“Talent, taste and astonishing technique.” (Blues Revue)

“We called him back for three encores!” (Blues In Britain)

“Ear-gasmic delight!” (The Graveyard Shift)

“He’s a lovely player, a lovely singer, and a great writer. The real thing.” (Martin Simpson)

“A fret monster who has to be seen to be believed!” (San Antonio Light)

“Americana at its finest!” (fRoots)

“…classy, tasteful, bright, and hugely enjoyable!” (Blues Matters)

Tickets:  £14.00 direct from David Hiney (07875 881436)  or WeGotTickets

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