Did you know that it’s officially the first day of autumn today here in the UK? But don’t get too upset while you’re packing away your shorts, flip-flops and barbecue, because Elixir Strings has announced a couple of bass-tastic events to keep you entertained as the nights draw in…
First up is an in-store bass masterclass with the always groovy (and previous BGM cover star) Yolanda Charles at PMT Birmingham (Tuesday 29 September, 7.30pm).
We asked the guys at Elixir to let us know what we could expect: “If you play bass, here are three good reasons to beat a path to Birmingham’s PMT on September 29th. One: this instore clinic is your chance to get up close and personal with bass icon Yolanda Charles, as she shares the techniques that make her a first-call UK session player. Two: you’ll get a pro demo of the new Elixir Bass Strings – Nickel Plated Steel and Stainless Steel, as chosen by Yolanda. And three: this PMT event is absolutely free.”
That sounds like a pretty convincing argument to us, and we were even more convinced when we learned that Yolanda will be backed up by the stellar lineup of guitarist Rob Harris (Jamiroquai/Kylie Minogue/Shaun Escoffery) and drummer Gareth Brown (Paloma Faith/Joss Stone).
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But that’s not all that Yolanda and Elixir is up to this autumn. If you find yourself in the rock’n’roll heartland that is Exeter on Saturday 3 October you should head to Manson’s Guitar Show. Yolanda will be performing on the Manson’s demo stage at 12.30pm, but there are plenty more Elixir endorsees there too. Take it away guys…
“We’ve invited some of our most promising endorsers down to the Manson’s Guitar Show 2015. Look out for Sound Of The Sirens, the foot-stomping folk-rock duo comprising Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood. Lose yourself in the loops, beatbox and songcraft of Bristol-based Aaron Douglas, and swoon at the autumnal fingerstyle of Wiltshire acoustic maestro Ben Powell. Plus, be sure to catch singer-songwriter Mark Nichols in this intimate setting, before he explodes.”
Aside from recommending that you stand near the back of the venue for Mark Nichols’ performance, we can’t see a reason why you wouldn’t head to the show. The Manson’s Guitar Show 2015 starts at 10am at Exeter’s Corn Exchange Conference Centre. Day passes cost £10 for adults and £5 for students (ages 10-16), with under-10s going free. You can book tickets at www.mansonsguitarworks.com.