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The previous meeting was TUESDAY 5th NOVEMBER, 2019 at SPLIT WILLOW in LLANFAIRFECHAN 

MOTTO FOR NWGC/CGGC - ''THE GUITAR AT IT'S MOST PROFOUND PLAYS THE SOUND OF TRUTH . . . . WHISPERED'' Martin Quittenton This was given to us by Martin a few years ago - a lovely talented man who had a passion for Classical Guitar. Permission has been given for us to use it as our motto - it is solely for our use as of January 2016.

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NUMBER OF PERSONS PRESENT 25
(a mixture of players and non players)
7.00 pm - Classical Guitar Ensemble practice
7.45 pm - arrival of other members and drinks time
8.00 pm - short guitarry chat


Luthier, Carlo Errico, was preent with two of his handcrafted Classical guitars Carlo has recently built another Flamenco guitar which he hoes to bring with him in January 2020. For further information on Carlo's guitars/ restoration work, visit his websites www.carloerricoguitars.com and www.facebook.com/carloerricoguitars

1. NWGC/CGGC ANNIVERSARY/CHARITY CONCERT - SATURDAY 30th NOVEMBER, 2019 at Split Willow.

''AN EVENING OF GUITAR FROM BAROQUE TO ROCK''

The chosen charity is ALZHEIMER'S SOCIETY based in Conwy.
Posters were distrubuted between members in a bid to spread the word as much as possible. This is the first time we have held a concert in Llanfairfechan, it will be interesting to know how much of an audience we attract. It was decided amongst those present this evening that it would be less intimidating if chairs were placed around tables instead of rows. 
Mandy will supply mics to help enhance the sound.
Thanks go to Jane and John at Split Willow for allowing us to use their venue and welcoming the idea of future concerts with them.


2. NWGC/CGGC PERFORMANCE AT ST. MARY'S, CONWY on Saturday 26th October went really well. Representing NWGC/CGGC were Juan (Lute) Mandy + Llew (Duawedd Elidir Duo) and NWGC/CGGC Ensemble. We were expecting to be performing as visitors wandered around the Church looking at the architecture and Art exhibitionn , but it ended up as a seated audience. Tony Holt (NWGC/CGGC member + guide at St Mary's)  invited us to perform at St Mary's. The following day Jane asked whether the Church would be interested in us performing again to halp raise with their own fund raising. Tony put this to the Ministry Team and the outcome is that NWGC/CGGC members may be invited to perform as part of a 'music festival' organised by St Mary's. More info to follow  

3. NAILS

The question was 'what do you use to file your nails'? Are all guitarists the same about the length/shape  of their nails?
Jane recently purchased a glass nail file and is very impressed with it. Following up with the 'buffer' on a 4 way nail block.
Other members comments are as follows
Flamenco (MMcC)
I use Emery boards. Small ones I carry in my pocket to deal with rips and tears and recently I bought a set advertised for guitarists on eBay which turns out to be large Emery boards and buffers . . .  

Fingerstyle on steel stings (AK)
I have used Boots sapphire files for a long time now they seem to do the job in a way that emery boards didn’t. I have never had good nails and in fact over the past couple of years have altered the way my fingers hit the strings so the finger tip pulp backed by a short nail hits the string. Changes the tone a bit but is much more satisfactory and I don’t break or split nails so often. It is possible that when playing with steel strings ensuring there are no catches on a nail is even more important than when using nylon sets. . .  

Slide and Fingerstyle on Steel and Nylon  (DK).
The Nail file is a cut-up part of a sapphire on metal nail file bought from Boots the chemist (I think). 

Superdrug do one similar for about £1-70. Some people love them and some hate them, but the main thing (for me) is that the cut-down bit lives on my key ring so it's always available.  

Fingerstyle and Classical - Nylon (RA)
As for nails, I've tried all sorts and never been happy. The best one for me was a combined file/ridge remover/po!isher from Sainsburys but it soon wore out and they don't do it anymore. Mandy was saying she uses 1200 grade sandpaper and a polisher so I'm going to try that next. I'm also interested in the glass file you showed us but I'm not sure where you can buy these. I'd be interested to hear what other members use?   

Fingerstyle + Classical - Nylon (HT) 
For my nails I use nail files from eg Boots, using say three progressively finer ones. I favour thin files so you can get them under the nail a bit to smooth the underside, rather than the 4-sided blocks which you can't really get under the nail.   

Classical (MB)
1200 grade sandpaper

Any comments are welcome  - jane.sinnett@btinternet.com  

Players in Ensemble this eveing Mandy B, Joanna MR, Alan D, Jane S, Ian W, LLew O, Delmi B
Wonderful excuse from Chris Hanks this evening for not playing his best ''My trousers are too tight'' :-)
A big thank you to all who make our evenings run smoothly and making it fun. x
Also, thankyou to Jane and John Mills for accommodating and looking after us at Split Willow. x


LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU/HEARING YOU AT OUR CONCERT AND NEXT NWGC/CGGC MEETING

Jane x 

 OTHER POINTS  
North Wales International Music Festival in St Asaph Friday 27th September - Folk Night - http://nwimf.com/ 
Pontio Friday 22nd November - Talisk  - https://www.pontio.co.uk/Online/  

FACEBOOK - you don't have to be a member of Facebook to visit our page www.facebook.com/northwalesguitarcircle 

DJANGO JAM - thanks to Neil Browning for arranging our end of evening Django Session. Neil arranges these pieces in tablature, notation and chords with chords diagrams/shapes which enables all players to participate. Neil has now written up a list of Django Jams for us to work on throughout 2019 - this will be sent to all members on the circulation list. 

Points pending from previous meetings 
SEPTEMBER 2014  North West Classical Guitar - meeting up with Chester and Liverpool Guitar Societies (2019 -meet at CGC - under discussion)  
MAY 2018  organising to meet at Chester Guitar Guitar Circle along with Liverpool Guitar Society and also to invite Aberconwy (Sept 2019 - under discussion)
OCTOBER 2014 - NWGC/CGGC personnal profiles - to sort out. (AUGUST 2019- IN PROGRESS)

 

MUSIC PERFORMED THIS EVENING AND PREVIOUS MEETINGS
NOVEMBER,2019

TITLE COMPOSER PERFORMER
Si Baeg Si Mor  T O'Carolan  Mandy B + Llew O
 Ty yn Yr Ardd (The Garden House)  Welsh Trad  Andrew Knight
 Jig y Fidlwr (Fiddler's Jig)  ''  ''
 Fennario   Trad  Hugh Taylor
 Railroad Bill Trad   ''
 I Belong To The Band  Rev Gary Davies  ''
 Canto De Otono  Arr K Vasiliev  Mike McCann
 Flora de la Luna  Santana  Steve D + Paul R
Come Down Jehovah  ? Chris Wood  Dave King
Until Final Redemption Chris Hanks Chris Hanks
Thin Air '' ''
Planxty Irwin O' Carolan  Ray Ashton
King Of The Swingers R + R Sherman (arr Neil Browning) NWGC/CGGC Django Jam
Minor Swing D Reinhardt (arr Neil Browning) ''



OCTOBER,2019

TITLE COMPOSER PERFORMER
 Passacaglia  Weiss  Mandy B + Llew O
 Maple Leaf Rag  Joplin Mandy, Llew + Geoff
 Over The Hill and Far Away/ Old Mole  Trad  Andrew K
 Old Mole  ''  ''
 All in a Row  ''  ''
 Concerto Rosso Vincent Lyndsey-Clarke   Alan D
 Police Dog Blues  Blind Blake  Dave K
 Evil Woman Blues  Babe Turner  ''
 How High The Moon    Mark J
Wave Jobim ''
Manoir de mes Reves D Reinhardt (arr Neil Browning) NWGC/CGGC Django jam



SEPTEMBER, 2019  

TITLE

COMPOSER

PERFORMER

Galliarde

Praetorius

Jane, Mandy, Geoff, Alan, Llew, Kev

Gavotte

Handel

‘’

Prelude No 22

J S Bach

'' (this was our practice for the workshop on 8/9/19)

Elaeanor Plunkett

Trad - arr Mandy Baines

Llew + Mandy (Duadad Elidir Duo)

'Paris Tezas'

Ry Cooder

Dave King - slide guitar

'Stella and Bud'

Chris Hanks

Chris H

Scarborough Fair

Trad - Ray Ashton

 

Karolinermarschen,

Trad

Julia  Everitt (NYCKERLHARPA)

Ceylons Vals and Slangpolska  efter Juringius

Trad

‘’

Blues Jam in A

 

Dave King and NWGC/CGGC members

Norwegian Wood

Lennon / McCartney arr Neil Browning

NWGC/CGGC Django Jam

 

AUGUST, 2019

TITLE

COMPOSER

PERFORMER

Prelude No 22

J S Bach

NWGC/CGGC Ensemble

Starry Starry Night

Don Mclean

Alex H

Opus 38 No 14

N Coste

‘’

''Doodling''

Malcolm Griffith

Malcolm G

Genie

Chris Hanks

Chris H

Ground

?H Purcell

Mandy B +Llew O

One Note Rumba

 

Mike M

Jerusalem Gold

Anon

‘’

Prelude

F Campion

Kev C

 

JULY, 2019 

TITLE

COMPOSER

PERFORMER

Andantino

Leonhard von Call

Geoff Tomlinson + David Jones

Op60 No 19, Op 59 No 23, Op 60 No 3, Op 26 No 1

Carcassi

Alex Higgins

Granadinas

Juan Martin

Paul Rogers

Fearless

Pink Floyd 

‘’

Albatross

Fleetwood Mac

Dave King + Tony Holt

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

Hank Williams

Dave King

 

 

‘’

Song of The Emperor

Luys De Narvaez

Mark Jordan

'1930's Ragtimey Thingy'

 

 Juan Smith

Sophisticated Blues

Snooks Stephens

‘’

 

J B Lenoir

‘’

Where Have All The Flowers Gone

Joni Mitchell

Ray A

I'm a Lonesome Soul

Don Mclean

‘’

12 Bar Blues in A

lead by Dave King

NWGC/CGGC Blues Jam

 

JUNE, 2019 

TITLE

COMPOSER

PERFORMER

Prelude + #Fugue

J S BACH

NWGC/CGGC Ensemble

The Heart Asks Pleasure First

M Nyman

Mandy B + Llew O

Ciaconne

Weiss

‘’

Ain't Misbehavin'

A Rasaf (arr Dave King)

Dave K

Come Down Jehovah

C Woods (arr Dave King)

‘’

There Never Was An Answer

Chris Hanks

C Hanks

We Are The Champions

Queen (arr Neil Browning)

NWGC/CGGC Django jam

Get Happy

Harold Arlen (arr Neil Browning)

‘’

 

 MAY, 2019

TITLE

COMPOSER

PERFORMER

Farewell To Stromness

Peter Maxwell -Davies

Mark J + Alan D

Senhorinha

Guinga

Hugh T

Bye Bye Blackbird

Ray Henderson

Mandy + Dylan (Uke + Guitar)

Most Evolved

John Clarke

Mike Mc Cann

Cincinnati Flow Rag + Dallas Rag

Gary Davies

Dave King

Evil Woman Blues

B K Turner

‘’

Study No 5 in B Minor

Sor

Mandy Baines (Ukulele)

A Moon to Hang Coats On

Neil Browning

Neil Browning

Swimming Against The Tide

Chris Hanks

Chris Hanks

Cumparsita

G Rodriguez

Jane S

DAD Bach Bach DAD

Jane Sinnett

Jane S

Get Happy

Harold Arlen (arr Neil Browning)

NWGC/CGGC Django Jam

Lambeth Walk

Douglas Furber (arr Neil Browning)

‘’

 
APRIL, 2019

TITLE COMPOSER PERFORMER
 Prelude No 22  J S Bach  NWGC/CGGC Ensemble
 The Heart Asks Pleasure First  M Nyman(arr Mandy Baines) Mandy + Llew 
 The Gypsy Violin  Peter Nuttall  Kev Cook
 Farruca  Juan Martin  Paul Rogers
 Bron y Aur  Led Zeppelin  ''
 Police Dog Blues  Blind Blake  Hugh
 Feel  Chris Hanks  Chris H
 Queen's Delight  Trad  Neil Browning
 Cincinetti Rag  Rev Davies  Mike Owen
 Windy + Warm  Loundermilk  ''
 Sleepwalk  Santo and Johnny  Tony Holt + Dave King
Dark Was The Night Blind Willie Johnson Dave King
Sweet Sue Victor Young Neil B + Juan S
Limehouse Blues Furber + Brahm ''
Ffidl Ffadl Trad Welsh (arr Neil Browning) NWGC/CGGC Django Jam
Lambeth Walk Noel Gay (arr Neil Browning) ''

 

MARCH, 2019

 

TITLE

 

COMPOSER

 

PERFORMER

Agua y Vino

Egberto Gismonti

Mandy + Llew

Love Is A Losing Game

Amy Winehouse

Paul Rogers

Aerlinger Brudfolk

Trad Danish (arr A Duckworth)

Alan Duckworth

Malaguena

Trad Spanish

Mike Mc Cann

In The Heart Of A Man

Chris Hanks

Chris Hanks

Gymnopodie No 1

Eric Satie

Mark Jordan

Square Dance Tune

Trad

Hugh

African Dance

William Moore

Andrew Knight

'3 fragments'

Trad (+ ?John Hurt)

‘’

Canarios

Gasper Sanz

Mandy Baines

Vestapol

Trad

Dave King

Sun Shines All Day Long

 

‘’

Valsa sem Nome

Baden Powell

Jane Sinnett

Kemps Jig

William Kempe

Neil Browning

All Of Me

J Legend (arr Neil Browning)

NWGC/CGGC Django Jam

Ffidl Ffadl

Trad Welsh

NWGC/CGGC Django Jam

 
FEBRUARY, 2019

TITLE COMPOSER PERFORMER
Bransle 1, Now Oh Now I Needs Must Part A Forrest NWGC/CGGC Ensemble
Brian Boru '' ''
Zapateado arr Juan Martin Delmi Battersby
 Romance No 1  Klejans  Mandy B + Llew O
 Solea por Medio  Juan Martin  Paul Rogers
 Seviallana  ''  ''
 Angie  Davy Graham  Andrew K
 ''Simple Tune''  J Fahay   ''
 Take Five  Dave Brubeck  Geoff T, Alan D, Nigel C
 Kind Hearted Woman Blues  R Johnson  Dave King
 Goodbye Percy Walker  Brookes Williams  ''
Fifth Day Blues Chris Hanks Chris Hanks
Hellhound on my Trail R Johnson Mike O
Police Dog Blues '' ''
White Queen Queen Paul R + Neil B
Dinah H. Akst (arr N Browning) NWGC/CGGC Django Jam
Things we Said Today Lennon/McCartney (arr N Browning) ''
All of Me J Legend (arr N Browning) ''


 TO COMPLETE
 

JANUARY, 2019

 

TITLE

COMPOSER

PERFORMER

Selection from Forrest Ensemble No 7

Andrew Forrest 

NWGC/CGGGC Ensemble

Trambone

Chet Atkins

Andrew Knight

White Potato

John Renbourn 

‘’

Divisions upon an Italian Ground

Robert Carr

'Elidir' - Mandy B + Llew O

Sumatind (Sumat in D)

Dave King

Dave King

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

Hank Williams

‘’

Need Your Love So Bad

Fleetwood Mac

Paul Rogers

House Of The Rising Sun

The Animals

Mike Owen

Kind Hearted Woman Blues

Robert Johnson

‘’

Sons De Carillhoes

J Pernambuco

Jane Sinnett

I Can't Give You Anything But Love

J Mc Hugh + D Fields (1928)

Andy McKenzie + Neil Browning

Limehouse Blues

P Brahm + D Furber(arr Neil Browning)

‘’

Dinah

Harry Akst (arr Neil Browning)

NWGC/CGGC Django Jam

Things We Said Today

Lennon + McCartney (arr Neil Browning)

‘’