John Renbourn, the virtuoso guitarist and songwriter died on the 26th of March aged 70. There's been plenty written in well deserved tribute to the man and we can't add much to all the tributes and accolades except to say that without people like John Renbourn the world would be a much less colourful place. I had the privilege to meet John, briefly, a couple of times and on both occasions he had very kind and encouraging words for a fledging guitarist who had (still has!) a long way to go. I saw JR play in Aberdeen folk club around 1996/7 (it gets hazey) and someone involved with the club told him that I'd played Davy Graham's instrumental Angie at a gig the night before. He said 'well done - someone's got to keep it going when were all gone'. I don't think he has to worry about that. For me, John Renbourn picked acoustic guitar playing up by the scruff of the neck and put a new marker down for what was possible, and you would never mistake his playing for anyone else. In doing so he's inspired legions of guitarists, many of whom may not even know the musical debt they owe.
The last few year has seen three of our musical heroes join to great jam in the sky... Thanks for it all John Renbourn, Bert Jansch and Jackie Leven.
It's now nearly a month since John Renbourn's passing and although it might seem the moment has somewhat passed, I just wanted to write something to one of my main inspirations. It's a beautiful spring evening in Glasgow, and I think all three above would approve of the small libation i'll have to them tonight.
On the Road with John Alexander
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 22:31
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 March 2015 09:12 )
Monday, 02 February 2015 13:08
We've recently been recording with Johnny Smillie in the famous La Chunky Towers, of Glasgow's west end. This will give us an album before too much longer, but just now we have a 4 track EP ready to go for the upcoming tour. Here's the tracks:
Last Updated ( Monday, 02 February 2015 21:24 )
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 13:44
So were off on tour to Germany in March with John Alexander. John will be performing his own material and playing on some of ours too. We'll have a tour only 4 track EP with us which we recorded at La Chunky studios in Glasgow last weekend. There'll be a preview of that on here in the next day or two as well. In the meantime, here's our dates:
04.03.15 DE- Berlin, Fahrradkeller
06.03.15 DE- Gospersgrün, private show
07.03.15 DE- Koetz, Sportgaststätte
08.03.15 DE- Neu-Ulm, Dany's Restaurant (& radio show midnight - 2am Radio Free FM)
A productive couple of months in the studio have been had by all. In November myself and Iona entered La Chunky studios in Glasgow to make a start to what will be our 3rd full studio album t be released next year. It will feature about half duo tracks and half band tracks courtesy of' A New International's Craig Laurie on drums, and Steph McGourty on bass.
We plan to be out playing again in early March starting on March the 4th in Berlin, with full tour dates to follow on the very near future.
And like buses, 2 albums come at one. Paul's instrumental album is now complete featuring contributions from Dejan Lapanja (guitar, mixing and mastering), Jo Shaw, flute, Thomas Marsden, peddle steel and weissborn guitars, Corran Macarthur on cello and Luigi Pasquini on percussion. There's no release date set just now, but tracks will be in the setlist at forthcoming Doghouse Roses gigs. You can also hear the record on Pauls' Soundcloud page
Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:16 )
Cold Weather Music
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 16:37
Since Christmas Eve last year, I've (Paul) been working on a record of guitar instrumentals. At 8am on the 24th of December I started the sessions at Green Door studio in the Hidden Lane, Glasgow, with the original idea to make a solo acoustic guitar record. As things progressed the guitar thing is still central to most of the tracks (the exceptions being the banjo tunes) but the record also boasts the talents of Jo Shaw on flute, Corran Macarthur on cello, Luigi Pasquini on percussion and, from September the 15th onwards when we record the final track, Dejan Lapanja on guitar.
The current tracklisting (always subject to change!) is:
I need to think of better names than untitled banjo and untitled guitar, but they'll come. In the meantime here's a video of a live performance of Sky Train. This was shot on a very cold March day in Alan Blair's studio in the Hidden Lane, by James Morrison, and edited by Rico Chapman. Hope you like it
The Sign says " Due to engine trouble we have regrettably had to cancel todays sailings to Eigg and Muck" Not what you need when you turn up at the port to catch the ferry to do your gig on the Isle of Muck. After a minor panic and some further reading, it turned out to not be a problem in anyway...probably a lesson in reading on in there somewhere. Much now has 24 hour electricity. And a shiny new multi-purpose hall that you have to take your shoes off to go into. Great fun visiting again, and we thoroughly enjoyed playing and are always grateful for the tremendous hospitality shown to us on Muck.
Opening for Television a few weeks ago, was a very different kettle of chips. Not in any way comparable...just different, and also tremendous. Almost enough to make you go and book studio time to make another record, which is exactly what we've done, but before that is a second installment of the song-writers circle night featuring Paul Tasker, John Alexander, Stephen Maguire and Larry Guild. Tuesday the 19th of August at the Star Folk Club, Glasgow
And after the songwriters night, but before we start recording, Iona has a solo gig in Aberdeen at Cafe Drummond on Sunday the 31st of August as part of an Alzheimers Scotland fundraising night.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 August 2014 14:55 )
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 22:37
We're very, very pleased to be opening for Television when they perform Marquee Moon in the ABC1 in Glasgow on June the 14th. We'll be playing as a duo which should give a bit of contrast to things! Tickets available here.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 April 2014 22:43 )
Bring It On Home
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 20:12
On May the 10th, Mugdock theatre at Mugdock Country Park near Milngavie will host a special one off event showcasing 4 Scottish singer-songwriters. John Alexander, Larry Guild, Stephen Maguire and Doghouse Roses' Paul Tasker will each present their take on the art of songwriting. The show will be a songwriters in the round format with all 4 performers on stage at the same time taking turns and collaborating on their songs. Expect a soulful, country tinged folk blues evening in the fantastic springtime setting of Mugdock Country Park.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 April 2014 20:35 )
And Were Back
Thursday, 27 March 2014 17:43
It's been a while, but were back, and there's going to be some changes around here. Here's some stuff that has happened since our last post. Manchester United have gone from striking fear into opponents hearts to being gun fodder for the big and some not so big teams. Thats not quite true, but its nice to see a change at the top after all this time. If only the same could happen in the Scottish Premier league premiership or whatever its now called. The Large Hadron Collider has been switched off for up to 2 years for upgrading, and the Wispa chocolate bars were relaunched in the UK to mass celebrations. Or maybe not, but all these things happened.
Also happening is the recording of a new Doghouse Roses album a little bit later this year, and hopefully a few live shows too. We already have one in the diary, which will be on the Isle of Muck on Friday the 8th of August. The lovely Isle of Muck is located off the west coast of Scotland, and comprises the small Isles along with Eigg, Rum and Canna. It's not the easiest place to get to for a gig, we'll grant you that, but we hope to have more to announce in the coming weeks.
Before recording of the new record can start, I'm finishing a record of guitar and banjo instrumentals. Its been in the pipeline for a while, and will hopefully be released on vinyl in the Autumn. Here's a little taster of what to expect:
Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 March 2014 19:13 )
German Tour 2012
Thursday, 06 September 2012 15:43
Its been a little while since we last played in Germany, but that'll all change in October as were on tour for a week. Heres the dates:
7th October Greiz, Café Lebensart, Germany 8th October – Solingen, Cobra, Germany 10th October - Dillenburg, Erbse, Germany 11th October - Wetzlar, Café Vinyl, Germany 12th October – Norderstedt, Music Star, Germany 13th October – Berlin, private Show
All details on the gigs page. Hope to see you there. Over a pint, of course.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 September 2012 15:49 )
Friday 10th August - The State Bar, Holland Street, Glasgow Tuesday14th August - Montrose Folk Club, Montrose Wednesday 15th August - Aberdeen Folk Club, Aberdeen Thursday 16th August - The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool Friday 17th August - Coigach Hall, Achiltibuie
Please note: the show on the 9th of August at The Royal Oak in Edinburgh advertised on the poster will not now take place.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 July 2012 11:46 )
Hazy Recollections @ Celtic connections
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 10:00
We're looking forward to playing at hazy recollections at Celtic connections on Sunday afternoon (the 29th) along with Findlay Napiers barroom mountaineers, Kim Edgar, Dean Owens and Foy Vance. We recorded our rehearsal last week, and here's a song we may play.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 January 2012 13:37 )
Utrecht, October 2011
Thursday, 03 November 2011 15:26
Whilst on our recent Dutch Tour, we took the chance to record a couple of tracks on the morning we left to come home. We wanted to play a few tunes that were associated with Bert Jansch, so we played Angie, Needle of Death and Nottamun Town. Theres also an instrumental called Roadtripping with a guest appearance by Cate the cat....
It's being sadly reported that legendary guitarist Bert Jansch has passed away after an longterm illness. Bert Jansch's career took in 5 decades and over 20 albums, and he provided inspiration for many musicians of all genres, including me (Paul). I think its safe to say that if I hadn't seen Bert Jansch play in 1996 I would never have written a song and certainly wouldnt have tried to find my own voice. Among many very fine songwriters to come out of the folk revival in the late 60's, Bert Jansch is virtually alone in being respected by metallers, jazzers, country players and the rest. Although he was put into the folk bracket, much of his music, particularly his instrumentals, defy categorisation (check out Chambertin from LA turnaround for example), and along with the music he's left, his legacy will also be remembered in that his art came first...before fame, before money and before any compromise.
In early 1995, my Brother and I had found a copy of Bert Jansch's second album, "It Don't Bother Me" This was a new sound for us, raised on Led Zepplin and AC/DC records and we thought it was really wierd someone recording a purely acoustic album (WHAT...no electric guitars). As this was pre-internet days for us, we knew nothing about the album or Bert Jansch until we saw an advert for a show in March 1996 at the Press Club on St.Vincent street in Glasgow. We were used to going to venues like the Barrowlands so a place like this was new and we arrived so early that the barman was just opening up.....we were on our second pint when Bert Janch and Bobby Barton, (who opening the show, and played slide guitar on some of Bert's songs that night) came in and played pool. We were also the last people out and carried some of their gear down the stairs for them. I bought and got signed Bert Jansch's current album of the time "When the Circus Comes to Town" which is still one of my favourite records, and without getting all misty eyed, that show changed my life. I have bootleg CD of that concert but have never listened to it, as I like the way in plays in my head just fine......So thanks for the music Bert, and I hope you enjoy the all star jam session in the sky
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 October 2011 12:54 )
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 11:20
We've had to temporarily remove the music club / mailing list part of the site due to it being spammed hundreds of times a day. Were going to sort a solution out to this, but in the meantime if you'd like to sign up to our mailing list you could just send a message via the contact form with mailing list in the title and we'll add you. Alternatively were on facebook and post a lot of stuff on their too
Wednesday, 30 June 2010 12:51
We quite recently moved our "offices" to the Hidden Lane in Glasgow, which is creative community in a cobbled Lane in Central Glasgow, so hidden even the google streetcar cant find us (or cant get down the lane, one of the two). I'm also giving guitar and banjo lessons from our new offices, and you can check out more about this at my website - www.glasgowguitarteacher.com