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New Guitar festival Scotland

GUEST,Transclyde Music 17 May 11 - 07:14 AM
Jack Campin 17 May 11 - 05:43 PM
GUEST,Scabby Douglas 18 May 11 - 05:07 AM
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Subject: New Guitar festival Scotland
From: GUEST,Transclyde Music
Date: 17 May 11 - 07:14 AM

Location Rothesay, United Kingdom
Release date 16th, 17th and 18th September 2011
About A Celebration of the world's most popular musical instrument!
This September Transclyde Music and "The Big F" brings some of the guitar's finest exponents to the beautiful Isle Of Bute: Rock, Blues, Country, Folk, Rockabilly, Experimental, Bluegrass, Flamenco, Traditional, Americana, Singer-Songwriter and much more in a weekend of concerts, workshops and, open to everyone, an open-mic competition.

The line-up includes: Dick Gaughan (Scotland) - Steve James (USA) - Panama Red (USA) - Johnny Dickinson (GB) - Preston Reed (USA) - Henry McCullough (Eire) - Rodnet Brannigan (USA) - David Olney and Sergio Webb (USA) - Cara Luft (Canada) - Richard And Marta (Canada/Columbia) - Siobhan Skates and Rosemary Wood (Australia/Ireland) - Jon Strong Band (GB) - Acousticrat (Scotland) - Hokum Hotshots (GB) - Martin Stephenson Band (GB) Lee Patterson (Scotland) - Jonny Boyle (GB) - Alan Murphy Band (Scotland) - Gary Miller (Scotland) - Jack Burness (GB) - Cousti (Scotland) - Tim Wood (GB) - Appalachian Mist (Scotland) - In Cahoots (Scotland)

Plus local rock bands: Dark Stanley, Little Bay, Fluff And The VooDoo Wah, Sonic Templars

Further details/enquiries email: info@transclydemusic.co.uk
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With active players conservatively estimated at 50 milllion, the guitar is without doubt the world's most popular musical instrument. The guitar's extraordinary success is in no small part a result of its unique ability to cross the boundaries of genre, class and culture. From the sophistication and elegance of Andres Segovia to the primal racket of Seasick Steve, from the downhome simplicity of Maybelle Carter to the stunning virtuosity of Tommy Emmanuel or Steve Vai, the common threads are... (read more)
Email info@transclydemusic.co.uk
Website http://www.buteguitarfestival.co.uk


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Subject: RE: New Guitar festival Scotland
From: Jack Campin
Date: 17 May 11 - 05:43 PM

According to the Wikipedia page, world harmonica production was 50 million in 1920. I doubt it's dropped that much since, and I doubt if whistles and recorders are far behind. No way is the guitar more than the world's fourth most popular instrument.


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Subject: RE: New Guitar festival Scotland
From: GUEST,Scabby Douglas
Date: 18 May 11 - 05:07 AM

Jack Campin says: "According to the Wikipedia page, world harmonica production was 50 million in 1920. I doubt it's dropped that much since, and I doubt if whistles and recorders are far behind. No way is the guitar more than the world's fourth most popular instrument."

Jack, you're not someone who shies away from pointing out flaws in other people's contributions or research. So how on earth do you feel justified in basing a rebuttal of the assertion about the standing of the guitar's popularity on the basis of a statistic of harmonica production that's over 90 years old? And *then* you go on to say that you *doubt* if it's dropped any since then? That's not even an informed guess.

Another thing I'd point out is that most harmonica players of my acquaintance possess more than one, sometimes as many as 10 or 20. So the number of harmonicas produced could comfortably outstrip the number of players by a sizeable margin. And yes, that IS an informed guess.

And a similar trend applies to whistle players. OH, and just because there are lots of whistle players in trad/folk circles in the UK and Ireland, it does not have the same worldwide popularity as the guitar. It's not an instrument that transcends genres in anything like the same way as the guitar.

Cheers


SD


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