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I am Phil Thomas from Penarth, near Cardiff in South Wales, UK. Approaching 60 years of age of which 45 have been as a musician, singer and storyteller performing all over the world. Now in semi retirement I work part time on a variety of arts and music projects. By academic persuasion I am an ethnomusicologist. In the summer of 2012 I spent six weeks in the USA on a research fellowship where I met a CBG busker in New Orleans. From then on I was pretty much ruined. When I got back to Wales I began following CGB nation and in summer 2013 I found the time to start building. Four completed so far (I am developing an unhealthy obsession with one-stringers). I will post some pics and videos and would welcome comments and suggestions. I would be pleased to hear of other players and builders in Wales (there don't seem to be too many...but maybe I'm wrong). I would love the chance to share some gigs Or just jam.

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Comment by Ted Crocker on October 21, 2013 at 1:27am

Phil, welcome to your new obsession…  

A search here turns up a few folks maybe near you http://handmademusicclubhouse.com/profiles/members/?q=wales

Comment by Phil Thomas on October 21, 2013 at 3:37am
Thanks for that Ted. I'll check them out.
Comment by John Bradshaw on November 10, 2013 at 1:54pm

Phil Thomas,

Next time you come to the USA, please consider coming to Texas.  I live in the country on my 4+ acres outside Wimberley, TX.   Wimberley claims to have the cleanest air in the world, and I think it is a fact.  Anyhow, I just a beginner at making CBG's, and so far have only made one, with many more planed .  I am guessing that from your years of playing that you are pretty good at it.  If you are ever this way, do stop bj, and bring your ax.  I hope to be able to jam along with you, if I ever learn to work my fingers to play a CBG the right way.  Play on.

John Bradshaw

Comment by John Bradshaw on November 10, 2013 at 2:00pm

Sorry, I meant to type stop by, not stop bj.  I even tried to correct it, but failed.

John Bradshaw


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