AN evening aimed at both people starting from scratch on the guitar and those who have been playing for a few months will be launched on Wednesday (October 3).
Blue John’s Wednesday Night Guitar Club will be held downstairs at Bordello in Loch Promenade, Douglas, every fortnight, at 7pm.
It will be run by guitar teacher and music journalist ‘Blue’ John Gregory.
John, former What Where When editor, said: ‘The aim of the evening is to provide a night of relaxing tuition in rock, pop, blues and folk styles.
‘At the first session everyone of all abilities will be together at 7pm but in the weeks after that that the plan will be to hold an hour of beginners’ tuition at 7pm and then an hour, at 8pm, for guitar players who have been playing for a few months who can put some chords together and play a song or two.
The latter group will focus on learning how to play with other people, different ideas for songs and will be a relaxed social affair.’
He said: ‘For some it might provide a nice place to hone their skills before then going on to tackle an open mic – but there will be no pressure on anyone to perform.
‘Different guitar players will get different things out of it and some will be content getting the chance to meet people of similar abilities in a nice social setting.
‘Once the tuition side of the evening is over people are welcome to stay for a drink or two and a bit of a jam.’
John, who has been playing the guitar for 15 years, is no stranger to the Manx music scene. Known to many as Blue John, he is half of the blues duo Blue John and Papa Cass and they have performed at the Royal Hall in the Villa Marina, Douglas, The Institute in Laxey, Peel Centenary Centre and at the Big Wheel Blues Festival in Laxey.
John also used to run open mics at the former Trafalgar Hotel and Cornerhouse pubs in Douglas.
Admission to the new club is £10 per person and those planning on going along need to provide their own acoustic guitar.
For more information email John at email@example.com