Monthly Archives: June 2013

Special blues guitar workshop and performance in Ramsey

Ramsey blues workshops

John Gregory is delighted to be involved in a blues weekend which will take place at the Northern Lights Community Centre in Bowring Road, Ramsey, Isle of Man.

He will hold a guitar workshop at 5pm on Saturday, June 29 and his good friend Tim ‘Papa’ Cass will be giving a harmonica workshop at 4pm.

At 6pm the same day the duo will perform together and at 7pm onwards there will be an blues open mic/jam.

John will be teaching both acoustic and electric guitar techniques. Participants can either just come along and watch the workshop or bring along an acoustic guitar to join in.

Entry is free but donations to the centre will be gratefully received.

Special guitar workshop in Port St Mary

Every fortnight John runs  Blue John’s  Deep South Guitar Club at the Patchwork Cafe, Bay View Road, Port St Mary.

The next sessions there, this coming Wednesday, June 19, will be very special as John has invited one of his favourite electric guitar players, Keith Randall, to play some  music and  explain some of his techniques.

In addition John will perform as part of his blues duo Blue John and Papa  Cass and will demonstrate some fingerpicking techniques.

John and his blues duo partner Tim Cass  (harmonica)  have been performing together for six years.

The evening is open to guitarists of all abilities and admission is £10.  Guitar players can bring an acoustic guitar along if they wish or just come along and  watch.

John will provide handouts to accompany  his  portion of the workshop.  The event lasts from 7pm to 9pm and it is recommended guitar players come for the whole two hours. Anyone who wants more information can contact John on 07624 204320 or email

John to perform guitar gig for Isle of Man charity

Guitar tutor John Gregory has been invited to play a concert for members of the Manx Blind Welfare charity.

He will perform a set of country blues on acoustic guitar for one of the charity’s social groups in Onchan on July 24.

John has been rehearsing a number of songs by artists such as Big Bill Broonzy, Elizabeth Cotten, Rev Gary Davis and Mississippi John Hurt.