Clive’s style is finger-pickin’ good
THE Future of Rock Music , The Saviour of Britain s Music Industry , The Greatest Person Ever to do Something Great, Ever (ok, so I made the last one up). But you know the headlines. Each week you grab a music magazine off a shelf and are teased into
THE Future of Rock Music", "The Saviour of Britain's Music Industry", "The Greatest Person Ever to do Something Great, Ever" (ok, so I made the last one up).
But you know the headlines. Each week you grab a music magazine off a shelf and are teased into thinking the state of British music is on the rocks and these four spotty kids from up north can save it, so to speak.
It's a heavy burden placed on young shoulders, a rather obese devil on the back with his legs wrapped tight around the straining chest.
And do you ever hear of these young uns again? Very rarely, unless you're a member of Blockbuster video in Rochdale (it's where they all retire to!).
What I'm trying to say is that proclamations of grandeur and greatness are as common as celebrity divorces these days, but they don't half sell magazines.
That's the rather cynical view I took of Acoustic magazine's statement that Clive Carroll, who plays at The Sun Hotel in Hitchin this week, is the "unofficial leader" of the UK's new generation of acoustic guitarists.
- 1 Man wanted in connection with police officer assault could be in Hitchin
- 2 'Jobs will be lost' if Stevenage TK Maxx fails to relocate
- 3 Range Rover stopped towing ‘insecure trailer’ on A1(M) in Stevenage
- 4 Plans to demolish riding stables to make way for housing
- 5 Lloyds Bank in Letchworth to shut as closures announced across the UK
- 6 VOTE: Which is your favourite chip shop in all of Hertfordshire?
- 7 Crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Letchworth and Baldock
- 8 World IBD Day: Crohn's disease sufferer speaks out
- 9 Stevenage woman arrested following 'dangerous driving and assault'
- 10 Plans to demolish two houses and build 20 flats in their place
That is until I listened to some of his acoustic guitar playing and I have got to say it is finger-pickin' good.
Well-developed and matured - not surprising since Clive was given his first banjo at the age of two - it would be too much to say he holds the future of acoustic steel-string guitar playing in his two palms but he certainly deserves praise and recognition.
Clive's appearance at Hitchin Folk Club this Sunday will be supported by songwriter and performer Liz Sincock who will be returning to the town for a second time this year.