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Events for Saturday 19th of November 2016

Michael Messer'S 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 UK: Robbie McIntosh will be teaching guitar and slide guitar and Michael Messer will be teaching slide guitar and open tuned 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’ in 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. Spending time with Robbie in his classes and at the evening events will be a fantastic experience for everyone involved.

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.

Mark Makin (Tuition Assistant). Mark is one of the world’s most knowledgable people on the subject of National and Dobro guitars. He is a musician, guitar collector, record collector and author of book, ‘Palm Trees, Señoritas and Rocket Ships’.

For further information go to the Michael Messer Forum at

Weekend ticket £145.00, Friday £35.00, Saturday ticket (including concert) £80

(First Floor Bar)

Steven Parker Photography

Having worked as a photographer in Manchester and London I am now based in York where alongside my commercial and editorial work I am currently concerned with exploring urban and industrial areas to capture the work of street artists and the contextual impact this work has on the built environment.

Free Entry


Acoustic Blues & Roots House Party

Acclaimed musicians Michael Messer & Robbie McIntosh will present a memorable evening of of blues & roots music in the relaxed and intimate setting of the venue's studio, caberat style.

“They received a five minute standing ovation. It was a privilege to witness a faultless set of mesmerizing world class blues” Blues Matters!

Tickets £12.00