Current listening!

These are my favourite albums at the moment, should you be wondering… I guess they suggest I like slightly folky guitarists, a bit of arty rock and a bit of jazz.  Which seems about right actually.

Laura Marling: Semper Femina

John Coltrane: A Love Supreme

Field Music: Open Here

British Sea Power: Let the Dancers Inherit the Party

Michael Kiwanuka: Love and Hate

Nick Drake: Five Leaves Left

PJ Harvey: The Hope Six Demolition Project

Lee Morgan: The Sidewinder

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Summer 17 Shenanigans

There’s been quite a lot of musical stuff going on…

At the end of June I played guitar at a South American music evening with the Larkhill Choral Society.  I accompanied the choir on several songs, plus duetting with the brilliant soprano Sarit Aloni on songs by Villa Lobos and Garcia Lorca amongst others, and performing various favourite solo pieces by Antonio Lauro and Agustin Barrios Mangore.

There are a couple of reviews on the Larks’ website and videos from several of the choir’s performances. I’m also hopeful of getting video of my duets with Sarit and solos at some point, but here is one example from the choral pieces, a song called El Gaban.

Then I went to WOMAD — highlight for me was probably Officina Zoe, from Italy, I’d never heard of them before but they were amazing.  I saw their midnight performace on the Siam stage while it absolutely lashed down outside, rather than this daytime one, but you get the idea, they kind of trance out on 2 chords and its mesmerising.  Great dancing too.  If anyone fancies starting a band doing this in the Wiltshire area email me!

And last week I was up in the Brecon Beacons watching loads of great bands at Green Man — British Sea Power, PJ Harvey, Lambchop, Michael Kiwanuka, Field Music and Julian Cope were all brilliant.

A former student who now has a radio show played one of my Antonio Lauro performances on her show on Radio Nope yesterday I believe, I’m still tracking down the podcast…

Coming up I’m playing a Spanish guitar set at a carehome as part of a virtual cruise for the residents.

And I’m on 2 tracks on my mate Andy’s album coming out in December.

So it’s all go.  I’ll try to get moreclips and links on here as they come up.  Meanwhile if you want to hire me to play your wedding / etc or you’re interested in lessons do get in touch!

New Soundcloud profile

I’ve now got a profile on Soundcloud where you can listen to some of my recordings — just some fairly old South American guitar recordings at the moment — along with some lo-fi phone recordings of the accompanying part from a few duets, so that a student can play along doing the melody part.  I’ve put up Faure’s Pavane, the Beatles Here, There and Everywhere, and Empty Chairs and Empty Tables from Les Miserables in this format.

It’s all at https://soundcloud.com/simon-sheffield

Learn the Guitar in 2016!

If you are looking for guitar lessons in the Salisbury area in 2016 do email me at simonsheffield@googlemail.com — I will be very happy to answer any questions.

Even if you are a complete beginner with no musical experience, I get people playing the music they love, whether that’s classical guitar — I’m a fully trained classical guitarist, see here for details — or rock, folk, pop, jazz.  (Frankly we should probably have a go at the lot, you never know what you might enjoy!)

I charge the standard rates recommended by Wiltshire Music Connect and the Musician’s Union which tends to be about £30 per hour but if you are available during school hours I can give you a discount.

I also teach bass, ukulele, music theory, and basic keyboards.

If you would like to buy your loved one a guitar lesson or 2 for Christmas, I can give you a guitar lesson voucher.  Drop me an email.

 

Guitar teacher info updated

I’ve updated this site’s pages on about me and classical guitar to keep things up to date, as I’ve done things like play in Musical Theatre Salisbury’s production of Evita recently — there are reviews of this on the MTS website.

If you’re looking for guitar lessons in Salisbury particularly during school hours do email me as I have availability and can offer you a discount.

I love the music of Agustin Barrios Mangore, who was a composer and performer from Paraguay.  Berta Rojas is a current Paraguayan guitarist who is keeping his music alive brilliantly, here she is playing Mangore’s Danza Paraguaya.  I wish she’d come and play in the UK!