The unofficial leader
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 un's 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 Plans to demolish two houses and build 20 flats in their place
- 2 Former pub owner admits to food hygiene offences
- 3 Stevenage woman arrested following 'dangerous driving and assault'
- 4 Plans to demolish riding stables to make way for housing
- 5 Man in his 80s seriously injured after Honda crash in Stevenage
- 6 Parents' anger as possible school redundancies loom amid academy transition
- 7 Driver hospitalised with ‘serious injuries’ following crash in Hitchin
- 8 Vauxhall flips onto roof in crash with Mercedes in Letchworth
- 9 Stalking Protection Order issued to Herts man after obsessive behaviour towards ex
- 10 Severe disruption on Great Northern and Thameslink trains to London
That is until I listened to some of his acoustic guitar playing and I have got to say it is finger-picking 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.