Thursday, 8 November 2012

Guitar tuition - Saturdays specials!

Sign up to the Saturday Specials at Brentwood - Reading Mechanics Workshop and Beginners Mechanics. Reasonably priced and common sense approach. Sign up!

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Some light christmas jazz at writtle village hall

I am playing some ambient christmassy jazz at Writtle Village Hall tonight for Sharon's open night - good for christmas lovers!

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Band Workshop

looking forward to the youth band workshop at Breakthru tomorrow night - a great bunch of people

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Half term - still a busy time!

Head down completing the publicity material for the Saturday school in Brentwood - get in touch if you are interested.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

The Full Monty

Really enjoyed playing for the production of The Full Monty - missing it already!

Monday, 22 October 2012

The Full Monty

What an excellent production of The Full Monty at the Westcliff Palace Theatre Southend. Try to catch it if you can!

Monday, 15 October 2012

The Full Monty!

I'm on guitar duties for the Full Monty musical at the Westcliff Palace Theatre Southend next week for a week - looking forward to it!

Friday, 31 August 2012

Jazz at the Chili weekend RHS Hyde Hall

next Saturday and Sunday i'll be playing some jazz at RHS Hyde Hall chili weekend with Josh Graham plus percussionist. It's open to the public - should be an interesting gig.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

The Star Ingatestone

I'll be accompanying Richard Capener on guitar at the Star in Ingatestone tonight - privilege!

Sunday, 26 August 2012

RHS Hyde Hall

A most enjoyable outside gig - although I'm looking like a roast tomato!

Saturday, 25 August 2012

A distinct Florist!

Congratulations to Alie for her distinction on her floristry course. Absolutely brilliant!

Music and flowers!

I am playing at RHS Hyde Hall tomorrow 2-4pm - a little background music, i think! More information is available at the RHS Hyde Hall website.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Sunday, 19 August 2012

September Guitar Tuition Brentwood

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Saturday Guitar tuition/workshops

Hi - starting Saturday September 15th 2012, I will be running guitar tuition and workshops in contemporary music at Crown Street in Brentwood Essex.
   Firstly, there will be a starter guitar course, 30minutes a week for four weeks, covering initial guitar facts and providing hands-on tuition to get actually playing guitar. We will also be exploring different styles played on the instrument, with clear ideas of what kind of study will be needed to play varied styles of music, and to achieve levels of proficiency. Fee will be £30 all inclusive.
   Secondly - there will be one-to-one tuition available (covering grades or examinations if required) centering on contemporary music. Duration of half hour or an hour to meet pupils expectations, price will be £15hh or £30ph.
   Thirdly - there will be various workshops delivered centering on particular aspects of guitar playing, "Lead and Rhythm playing combined", "Lead Guitar Mechanics", "Beginning Gypsy Jazz Guitar" and "Country Lead Guitar Playing" being some of the topics covered. I am hoping that there will be suggestions - please feel free to suggest topics! Prices will be governed by demand and how much time goes into the workshop. Current workshops are £30 and last for two and a half hours.
   Lastly there will be a clinic at the end of the day for prospective pupils to drop in, explore ideas, get advice, and guage suitability for pupils and parents on any guitar related topic.
   If you are interested - email is, mobile is 0781 266 2839 - please feel free to inquire.

  Rob Blackman 19.8.2012

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Hampton Court Flower Show

Congratulations to Alie and her team from Writtle College on the Gold and best in show - a fantastic result! 

Tuesday, 26 June 2012


Just a note to say that I am adding Ukelele to my guitar teaching services, which is great fun and extremely accessible. I am also working on bring Mandolin into the service. There are strings everywhere!

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Thank you

to those who came to the Leather Bottle on the 4th. The Mustard Hot Club Swing Band are busy working at the moment, but look forward for more regular bulletins!

Friday, 25 May 2012

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Monday 26th March - 8pm - Acoustic Jazz live

Just in case you've forgotten already! will update post with any new details nearer the time.

Acoustic Jazz gig

It's at The Leather Bottle in Blackmore Essex - Starts at 8ish - all very welcome! Featuring Ellie, Josh and Richard - should be a corker!

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Acoustic Jazz gig

There is a new acoustic jazz gig in Blackmore Essex this month - on Monday the 26th - details will be forthcoming.

Guitar needed!

One of my pupils needs a guitar - a playable acoustic, steel string or classical, full or three quarter size - so if any of you have one that you'd like to sell or move - drop me an email and i will forward it straight away!

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Semi Finals

Just to mention Mango Gorilla at OJ's tonight in Hornchurch - semi-finals of the competition - get along if you can!

Thursday, 5 January 2012


Sad news about the closure of Mustard - it will be missed for good friends and good food amongst many, many other features. A good time to say thank you Richard - and my very best wishes for the future.