With Neil Silverman of Newtone Strings who organised the event…and supplies my guitar (and banjo!) strings

EARLY start to head south…I pack the gear and merch and we’re on the road soon after 9am.

It’s over 300 miles to Horsley Woodhouse in Derbyshire where I’m playing a special event organised by Newtone Strings who make and provide my guitar strings…in particular, the ‘’Dave Arcari signature’ set.

There’s music ’market’ all day and a bunch of folks playing in the afternoon including ace baseman (and guitar player) Fred Thelonious Baker and then in the evening there’s two acts – Becky Langan and myself.

We stop for some grub en route, then at our hotel were we check in before arriving at The Old Oak about ten miles away. The afternoon’s in full swing and we”re in time to catch a stunning set from Fred then enjoy a blether and a beer.

Fun and games playing Newtone Strings’ event

The room is re-set for the evening performances and we load in and soundcheck before going for some dinner.

Becky kicks things off at 8pm and plays a very accomplished 45-minutes’-worth of instrumental percussive acoustic guitar stuff.

At 9pm, it’s my turn and I have a blast – a great audience and lotsa fun.

There’s more beer and chat aerwards then we load out and make our way back to the hotel where we have a snack and a wee nightcap…and look forward to an extra hour’s sleep. The clocks go back tonight!

Becky Langan kicks off the evening set at Newtone Strings’ event in Horsley Woodhouse.

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