Holy Grail Guitar Show - Berlin May 5-6 2018 

I am delighted to announce that I will be appearing at this year's Holy Grail Guitar Show in Berlin!

The Holy Grail Guitar Show is a very special event and I have many wonderful memories of demonstrating the work of some of the world's finest guitar builders at the show. I haven't missed one since it first started. 

Having some fun with a guitar by Michael Spalt

This year I am looking forward to playing some outstanding handmade guitars, some of which are still being built! There will be more details right here in the weeks to come. In the meantime you can see more details on the show's social media profiles. I strongly suggest you follow everything that happens there! 

The Kostal MDW meets its maker!

Oh and drop me a line if you're going to be at the show, it's always good to catch up with fellow guitar lovers. 

 

MDW

 

Days like this make it all worthwhile...  

I was very touched to receive this message:

"Hi Michael: Someone linked me to your cover of Roy Buchanan's "The Messiah" - I was Roy's attorney (plus a dear friend and recording buddy - I'm a player too). The cover is a wonderful tribute to him and true enough to the original. I especially appreciated the suspense and the anticipation which was one of Roy's hallmarks - making you wait for that next note until you begged him to put you out of your misery:) He compared playing solo guitar to a seduction where he would tease and then pull back forcing the listener to come after him. This would continue until finally he would drive the lead home in a blistering frenzy of notes.

Here’s a pic of him playing my Ovation (we were in the studio together in 79 and 80) Enjoy and I look forward to being inspired by more of your music – you would have made Roy proud"

                                          - S 

I am extremely grateful that the sender took the time to get in contact and I wanted to share this with you as a reminder of the power of music to bring people together all over the world. 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Roy Buchanan's work then here is one of the finest examples of pure communication in music that I have ever encountered. 

 

All the best

MDW 

*Message shared by kind permission of the sender. 

You can hear my cover of The Messiah Will Come Again on my album VETIVER

 

HAPPY CHRISTMAS - NEW VIDEOS! 

Happy Christmas! 

I'd like to thank you all for your support, It has been a truly amazing year and I wish you all the best for 2018, I have a good feeling about this one!

I have something for you. 

A few weeks ago I spent a day in the studio with my friend Jack Vasiliou (Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, James Bay, Hozier, Emilie Sandé and others). 

I get regular emails and messages asking about my influences, guitars, recording and playing techniques, inspiration, strings, shoe size etc and in these videos I cover all that and more! 


I have hidden the results all around my website but you can follow these links to each one

I hope you enjoy these videos as much as we enjoyed filming them. If you do have any questions do get in touch!

All the best

MDW

PS: The response to the release of VETIVER was amazing and it's been extremely cool to see other players learning these pieces, I've even put a new page up on this site featuring cover versions. You can check it out here. Transcriptions are available right here if you'd like to learn these pieces too. 

How was your Sunday? 

November 5th at The Troubadour Earls Court - London 

Transcriptions now available! 

I've been working hard with the legend that is Mark Grover of guitartranscriptions.com and I'm very happy to announce that the first transcriptions from Vetiver are now available for purchase!

There'll be more coming soon but for the time being you can enjoy learning Vetiver, La Tolita and Ukulele Nocturne from limited edition, signed, numbered and dedicated transcriptions printed on beautiful silk paper. 

 

Have fun!

 

MDW

Vetiver Release 

The new album Vetiver is now available for download! Vetiver is a collection of 9 solo pieces for guitar and 1 for ukulele. I'd like to thank everyone who has already downloaded the album. Your continued support means a great deal to me. Vetiver is available in both MP3 and WAV formats. Click the image below to download!