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Events for Friday 17th of November 2017

Peter Heaton

Over the past eighteen months I have spent many days walking in the Yorkshire Wolds trying to connect the idea of an inner landscape with the reality of outer ones.
The images produced for this project overlay layers of text, which relate to thoughts, ideas and observations made during this time, over black and white images of the distinctive Wolds landscapes .

The Text layers in the images are key and function on several levels, often the words used to describe aspects of a landscape can also be use to describe feelings or mental states, isolated, harrowing, edgy, inacessible, whilst our obsession with the weather is dominant in all the images, set fair, clearing rain, overcast. The limits of a photograph are tested, as events happening outside of the frame, and indeed the time frame of the image are referred to , white noise falls soundlessly, kites soar out of view, a smell of rain in the ears… the structure of the composition and indeed the media is explored, distance flattened, a Wet Colloidan glow, extreme cropping. Whilst the issues of our stewardship of the countryside and access to it, are integral, hedgehogs still missing, a pattern of refusal, agitation necessary.

The unique Wolds landscape has not been immune to the effects suffered across the county as a whole due to intensive farming methods, increased pollution and population growth. There has been a consequent drastic decrease in the numbers of some species of birds, animals and butterflies which were previously common sights in the Wolds grasslands. Between 1972 and 1996 Skylarks have declined by 75%, Curlews by 64%, many previously common species of butterflies such as the Dingy Skipper and Brown Argus and Green Hairstreak are now extremely rare and seldom seen in the Wolds. The water vole population in the Wolds has dropped by 90% percent due to the intrusion of American Mink.

There are twenty pieces of work in the project, they are printed as limited edition prints, size 66cm x 44cm, on Aluminium Dibond material.

Michael Messers Acoustic Blues & Roots Weekend.

A weekend of guitar and slide guitar tuition - plus jam sessions, student performances, great company, and a special Saturday night concert. This is a weekend for anyone interested in playing acoustic guitar and slide guitar in blues and roots styles. All levels are welcome. Acoustic instruments only.

Learn from two of the finest guitarists in the world

Robbie McIntosh will be teaching guitar and slide guitar.

Robbie McIntosh has legendary status among his fellow musicians. His career to date includes spells as guitarist with Sir Paul McCartney, The Pretenders, Sir Tom Jones, John Mayer and Norah Jones. Robbie has played many of the world’s top festivals and venues and among his numerous TV and radio appearances, he was with Sir Tom Jones on Jools Holland’s ‘Hootenanny’ BBC TV show on New Years Eve 2015. As a long-term member of The Pretenders, Robbie played at Live Aid in 1985 and on their hit record, Don’t Get Me Wrong. Robbie McIntosh has done session guitar work for many artists including; Aynsley Lister, Boyzone, Cher, Eric Bibb, George Martin, Chuck Berry, Joe Cocker, Daryl Hall, John Mayer, Kirsty McColl, Mike & The Mechanics, Paul Young, Paul Carrack, Mark Knopfler, Roger Daltrey, Talk Talk, Tears For Fears, Tori Amos, Sinead O’Connor and Norah Jones. As well as playing guitar for so many well known artists, Robbie takes his own special blend of music on the road with The Robbie McIntosh Band, and in trio and duo formats. With a new album on the way, in 2016 Robbie has clocked up appearances with Carlene Carter, John Illsley, Sir Tom Jones, Louise Goffin, and collaborated, once more, with Mark Knopfler. Spending time with Robbie in his classes and at the evening events will be a fantastic experience for everyone involved.

Michael Messer will be teaching slide guitar and open tuned guitar.

Michael Messer’s reputation as a virtuoso slide guitarist, singer, and blues innovator, are well known. Throughout his thirty year recording career, Michael’s music has remained individual and contemporary. His stunning slide guitar playing and superb vocals ooze authenticity and integrity, and his use of turntables in the Second Mind Band marked him as one of the trailblazers of the 21st century blues sound. Johnny Cash was a fan of Michael Messer's music and wrote the liner notes for his 1993 album Rhythm Oil. Rhythm Oil was awarded Import Album of the Year by the Austin, Texas, music press. Michael's King Guitar album reached number one in the US Living Blues chart, and Second Mind won Best International Guitar Album of the Year. His current band, Michael Messer's Mitra, is once again breaking new ground, playing an exhilarating and accessible fusion of rural blues and Hindustani classical music. Their highly acclaimed debut album, Call Of The Blues, released in February 2016, was iTunes #1 blues album, World Music Network #1 album, fRoots Playlist, Songlines Top of the World and Transglobal World Music chart #10. Michael Messer has released ten albums, toured worldwide, recorded numerous live radio/TV sessions and appeared in his own 'blues' episode of BBC TV show, Zingzillas. He also has a successful line of MM guitar products and a series of slide guitar tuition DVDs.

The Saturday night concert will be a unique event - Robbie McIntosh & Michael Messer plus guests!

Friday 17th November
Classes start at 14:00 through to 17:00, break for tea & coffee at 15:15 to 15:45.
Friday Night Student Concert: This starts at around 20:00 at the Arts Centre. It is a relaxed evening where people can get up and play songs and meet the other participants.

Saturday 18th November
Classes start at 10:00 through to 17:00 with breaks for tea, coffee and lunch.
10:00 to 11:15 / 11:45 to 13:00 / 14:00 to 15:15 / 15:45 to 17:00
Saturday Night Concert: Robbie McIntosh & Michael Messer plus guests. Doors open at 19:30 / show starts at 20:00. After the show there is a jam session and student performances.

Sunday 19th November
Classes start at 10:30 through to 14:00. 10:45 to 12:00 / 13:00 to 14:00

For further information go to the Michael Messer Forum at

£145.00 (Full Weekend), £35.00 (Friday Only) & £80 (Saturday & Concert)