Monthly Archives: December 2013

Media coverage for new guitar tuition group

Here is an article that was published on December 18 in the Manx Advertiser about a new guitar tuition group I am starting up in the new year in the Isle of Man for people with mental health problems.

Manx Advertiser - Dec 18 2013

The group, which will be known as GuitarWorks, will take place every Tuesday, from 4pm to just before 5pm, at the meeting room in the Archibald Knox pub in Onchan, starting on January 14 2014.

It is open to anyone who has – or who has had – mental health problems. There will be a suggested donation per person of £2 per session. Guitarists should bring an acoustic guitar and players of all abilities – including complete beginners – are welcome.

Anyone who would like any further information can contact me on or call me on 204320.

Thank you to Paul Speller at the Manx Advertiser for the article.

Guitar related gift ideas for Christmas

If anyone is looking for a great stocking filler for their guitar-loving partner, friend or family member read on!

I can offer gift vouchers for both private* and group guitar lessons.

gift certificate for one lesson

An example of a gift certificate

I also have printed tickets for sale to two brilliant guitar gigs I have organised for next year in the Isle of Man.

The first is called Unplugged: A Celebration of the Acoustic Guitar and Other Instruments at the Erin Arts Centre, Port Erin, on Saturday, February 22 2014.

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The second is Michael Messer (one of the greatest slide guitar players in the world) and Ed Genis at the Institute, Laxey on Saturday, May 10 2014.



The latter gig is supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council and is part of the Island of Culture celebrations.

You can contact me on 204320 or email for further details. *subject to availability

Happy guitar playing,


World class guitar players Michael Messer and Ed Genis head to the Isle of Man

I am thrilled to announce Michael Messer and Ed Genis will be coming to the Isle of Man as part of next year’s Island of Culture celebrations.


Michael is one of the world’s greatest slide guitar players and Ed, who will be playing rhythm guitar, is also fantastic.

This will be a not-to-be-missed event for blues lovers. I am delighted to say this gig is being supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council.

Tickets are just £15 and are available now from or from myself by ringing 07624 204320 or emailing me at

Michael and Ed will also be hosting guitar workshops the day after the gig too at The Northern Lights Community Centre in Ramsey. Contact me for details about those. It’s going to be a fantastic weekend of music from two world class musicians.

Happy guitar playing,


‘Unplugged’ concert aims to raise money for mental health causes

SOME of the Island’s top guitarists and songwriters will be aiming to raise money for two Manx mental health causes early in the new year.

Unplugged: A Celebration of the Acoustic Guitar and Other Instruments is the name of a concert which will take place at the Erin Arts Centre, Victoria Square, Port Erin, Isle of Man, on Saturday, February 22 2014 starting at 7.30pm.

It will feature the talents of singer/songwriters and guitarists Matt Creer and Chris Gray as well as roots musician Pete Woodman and guitar tutor – and concert organiser – John Gregory.

There will also be special guests including harmonica player Tim Cass.

Tickets are £10 and money raised will go towards a guitar tuition group John will be running for people who have mental health problems plus Manx mental health charity the Service Users’ Network.

Music fans can expect a mixture of music styles while Chris and Matt will be performing sets containing their own songs.

John said: “This will be a very special concert in a wonderful venue. It follows on from two previous concerts which I held at the Centenary Centre in Peel in 2009 and 2011 called RADIUS, Raising Awareness of Depressive Illness and Uniting Against Stigma. I am glad Chris, Matt, Pete and Tim – among others – have agreed to perform as they are all excellent at what they do.

”Tickets to the concert would make a wonderful Christmas present for guitar players and music lovers.”

Tickets are available by ringing John on 204320 or by emailing him at  They are also available to book online at

The guitar tuition group the concert will raise funds for will take place at the Archibald Knox pub meeting room, Onchan, every Tuesday, from 4pm to 5pm, starting on Tuesday, January 14. There will be a suggested donation of £2 for people attending. Anyone who wants further information can contact John on the above phone number and email address.

The Service Users’ Network was set up in 2001 and is run by and for users of the Mental Health Service. It was registered as a Manx charity in 2002. For more details about the charity visit

Unplugged concert poster