News Updates

The Bear Hotel is fully booked for the Acoustic Blues Weekend

By Michael Roach / January 17, 2022 / Comments Off on The Bear Hotel is fully booked for the Acoustic Blues Weekend

The Bear Hotel is fully booked for the Acoustic Blues Weekend. Now, I am directing people to the Premier Inn (Oxford South Didcot). The rooms are only £45 per night (Standard Rate) and they have free parking. According to the AA Route Planner, it’s 6.7 miles away and it’s a 16 minutes drive. Here is a link: https://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/hotels/england/oxfordshire/oxford/oxford-south-didcot.html?ARRdd=04&ARRmm=03&ARRyyyy=2022&NIGHTS=2&ROOMS=1&ADULT1=1&CHILD1=0&COT1=0&INTTYP1=DB&BRAND=PI

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Acoustic Blues Weekend of Workshops and Performances from 4th to 6th March 2022

By Michael Roach / December 28, 2021 / Comments Off on Acoustic Blues Weekend of Workshops and Performances from 4th to 6th March 2022

We are announcing an Acoustic Blues Weekend of workshops, jams and performance at The Beacon, Wantage South Oxfordshire OX12 9BX from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March 2022. The programme will offer classes starting on Friday from 1pm to 5pm followed by a staff concert at 8pm. On Saturday, classes will run from 10am to 5pm…

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Blues Week Zoom Lessons Schedule from 25th September to 16th October

By Michael Roach / September 21, 2021 / Comments Off on Blues Week Zoom Lessons Schedule from 25th September to 16th October

Saturday 25th September, 6pm UK TimeJohn Miller – The SongstersFor John’s class, he will take a look at the repertoire and accompaniment styles of several of the songsters such as Henry Thomas, Joe Callicott, Leadbelly, and John Hurt whose repertoires encompassed blues, folk and pop songs and religious numbers.  The focus will not be on…

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Abie Budgen added to October Acoustic Blues Weekend staff teaching Beginner Country Blues Guitar

By Michael Roach / September 21, 2021 / Comments Off on Abie Budgen added to October Acoustic Blues Weekend staff teaching Beginner Country Blues Guitar

Abie Budgen will be teaching a class for beginners at the Acoustic Blues Weekend at The Beacon in Wantage from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd October 2021. She will be working with Michael Roach to help students to develop the guitar skills needed for finger picking country blues. The class will focus on alternating the…

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Michael Roach added to October Acoustic Blues Weekend staff teaching Beginner Country Blues Guitar

By Michael Roach / August 12, 2021 / Comments Off on Michael Roach added to October Acoustic Blues Weekend staff teaching Beginner Country Blues Guitar

Michael Roach will be teaching a class for beginners at the Acoustic Blues Weekend at The Beacon in Wantage from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd October 2021. He will be demonstrating how you can alternate the bass with your thumb and use your index finger to play melody lines. He will discuss and explain how…

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Acoustic Blues Weekend, The Beacon, Wantage Oct 2021

By Michael Roach / July 9, 2021 / Comments Off on Acoustic Blues Weekend, The Beacon, Wantage Oct 2021

Euroblues Promotions Limited and The Beacon, Wantage, South Oxfordshire OX12 9BX presents an ‘Acoustic Blues Weekend’ of workshops, jams and performance.  Mark your calendar for Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd October 2021. The programme will offer classes starting on Friday from 1pm to 5pm followed by a staff concert at 8pm.  On Saturday, classes will…

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New Online Access Policy

By Michael Roach / May 18, 2021 / Comments Off on New Online Access Policy

For Blues Week 2022, if you pay a deposit of £250 before 31st December 2021, you will be given the ‘Password’ to the ‘Online Access’ page of our website. Also, you will be invited to the free ‘Zoom’ lessons from staff members for all instruments and levels of ability. From the 1st January 2022, you…

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Acoustic Blues Weekend 2021 Updates

By Michael Roach / May 12, 2021 / Comments Off on Acoustic Blues Weekend 2021 Updates

I have been informed that the Hawth Theatre in Crawley will not be able to host us in November this year and we postponed to November 2022. Also, I am talking to staff at The Beacon in Wantage with the hopes of having an Acoustic Blues Weekend event in September/October. At the moment, the Beacon…

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Blues Week Zoom Lessons Schedule from 16th May to 12th June

By Michael Roach / May 12, 2021 / Comments Off on Blues Week Zoom Lessons Schedule from 16th May to 12th June

This is just a reminder for Rick Franklin’s workshop this Sunday 16th May at 3pm UK time.  Also, I’m announcing the dates for the lessons to follow.  Here is the schedule: Sunday 16th May, 3pm UK TimeRick Franklin – Beginners Guide to the Roots of Taj Mahal Rick’s lesson will focus on the ballad and…

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Live Zoom Lessons Schedule For The Next 3 Weeks, 1st to 16th May 2021

By Michael Roach / April 27, 2021 / Comments Off on Live Zoom Lessons Schedule For The Next 3 Weeks, 1st to 16th May 2021

Saturday 1st May, 3pm  UK TimeMichael Roach and Abie Budgen – Beginners Guide to Playing Melody with an Alternating Bass The lesson will focus on the song ‘Black Rat Swing’ by Memphis Minnie in the key of E. The song will be used to demonstrate playing melodies in the style of John Cephas and John…

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