Archive for July, 2008

visiting the painter

July 30, 2008
Bert with the Fylde cittern at Henk Helmantel's house

Bert with the Fylde cittern at Henk Helmantel's house and studio. Henk is a famous Dutch still life painter, who will paint the cittern as part of a still life.

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visiting the cittern builder

July 24, 2008

When Bert and I were in the UK last week, for appearances at the main stages of two beautiful festivals (Stainsby festival & Brampton Live), we also visited Roger Bucknall of Fylde guitars in his workshop in Penrith in the north of England. Roger has made the very fine cittern that we will bring along on our journey to Bhutan, the instrument that will be played upon in all the diverse countries we cross, finally to be donated to the Kilu Music School in Bhutan.

cittern builder Roger Bucknall and his wife

cittern builder Roger Bucknall and his wife

A road in England

A road in England

Our concert at the Stainsby festival was our debut appearance at a UK festival and we felt immediately at home with the very attentive crowd. The good feeling continued the next day at Brampton. In a newspaper review of the Stainsby festival (Derbyshire Times) the reviewer wrote: “Linde’s hauntingly sweet voice sent chills down the spine in songs such as ‘Sail Away To The Sea’ and ‘Gone, Gonna Rise Again’, while she got the crowd dancing with the upbeat ‘This Train Is Bound For Glory’, with fine accompaniment from guitarist Bert Ridderbos”