Monday, 24 March 2014

Guitar Greatness: 3 Boxes, 7 gigs, 12 tracks

From Richard Thompson, Pink Floyd and The Shadows comes a trio, all featured in Guitar Player's ‘1,000 Great Guitarists’ with each contributing their unique ‘box’ (ie guitar) styles and a result that is much more than the sum of its parts.

3 Boxes are CLIVE GREGSON, MARK GRIFFITHS and ANDY ROBERTS, while the 4th side is legendary producer JOHN WOOD (John Martyn, Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, etc.), with whom they have just completed their debut album. Entitled ‘Strings Attached’, it contains 12 instrumentals, penned individually by Gregson, Griffiths or Roberts and played by all three, live in the studio. The album was recorded in Eastbourne, England and mixed by John Wood in his Analogue Studio in Northern Scotland.

Released on 21st April, the trio will be promoting ‘Strings Attached’ with a UK tour immediately thereafter, with dates as follows :  

22.04.14               LONDON                                           Green Note
24.04.14               BRISTOL                                     Hen & Chicken
25.04.14               ARNOLD, Notts                              Bonington Theatre
26.04.14               BUDLEIGH SALTERTON, Devon      Budleigh Guitar Festival
27.04.14               BUDLEIGH SALTERTON, Devon      Budleigh Guitar Festival
29.04.14               BIRMINGHAM                                Kitchen Garden Café
30.04.14               UPPERMILL, Lancs                              Cross Keys

3 Boxes defy any attempt to put them in one, since their self-penned music encompasses a vast range of musicality – from swing, folk and blues to ballads and beyond. Their dexterity and interplay creates a raft of rhythm and melody on which they sail far beyond any perceived barriers. Producer John Wood has captured the dynamics of their live studio performances and added a magical extra dimension of resonance and clarity.

The band travelled to Southern California to shoot their first video. Directed by award winning film-maker Nigel Dick, ‘Wranglin’’ features the trio deep in the Mojave desert, accompanied by their muse the Spirit Of The Desert, as they perform the lively track. The video can be seen here :    

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