Category : Diary

Written on Jun, 04, 2015 by in | Leave a comment
Jerrycan Slide Guitar "The Jerrycaster"

The Jerrycaster with genuine Fender neck I have finally finished my second Jerrycan Slide Guitar, which I am delighted to report is louder and much nicer to play than my first attempt! It has an upcycled Fender neck so I’ve dubbed it the Jerrycaster. Thanks to Yanni of Caffe Vista who donated the broken Fender acoustic! Electro Acoustic The original …

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Written on Apr, 10, 2015 by in | Leave a comment
Fiddlebox CD Eastern Honeymoon

Fiddlebox Launch New CD Welsh duo Fiddlebox (Helen Adam and George Whitfield) will première their new album titled Eastern Honeymoon at the Great Glasshouse in the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Carmarthenshire, Wales. Saturday 18th April 2015 at 14:30   For the first time ever Welsh dancing tunes are merged with Klezmer harmonies, the traditional music of the Ashkenazi Jews …

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Written on Feb, 08, 2015 by in | 1 Comment.
Jerrycan Slide

My latest upcycled instrument is Jerrycan Slide Jerrycan Slide is an acoustic version of Driftwood Slide which is my favourite upcycled instrument to date. I wanted an instrument loud enough to play at the Dingle (my local acoustic session) without the compromise of bringing an amp and was inspired by Sue Overdrive’s Gretsch resonator with an all metal body. Here’s …

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Written on Feb, 05, 2015 by in , | Leave a comment
Yanni Hrysicos of Caffe Vistsa, Tenby with Propellercaster and Spanner Metallophone

Upcycled Musical Instruments on Display in Tenby Upcycled musical instruments made by me – George Whitfield are on exhibit in the window of Tenby’s Caffe Vista (Crackwell Street, Tenby, 01834 849636) Generally the ideas come from stuff that could have been thrown out.   Upcycled Musical Instruments Propellercaster and Spanner Metallophone The slide guitar Propellercaster was built from half an aeroplane …

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Written on Nov, 14, 2014 by in | Leave a comment
Fiddlebox - a fiddle and a box

Fiddlebox play Rhosygilwen on 20/11/2014, FREE! Sadly I understand this will be the last Rhosygilwen Folk Club, and as a free entry club with a terrific venue and excellent acts it’s a shame to see it go. Many thanks to Glen Peters for providing the venue “Rhosygilwen” and Jan Steer for organizing the events. We hope the folk club can …

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Written on Nov, 06, 2014 by in , | Leave a comment
Valve Overdrive for Hammond T-202

Putting the distortion back! The classic Hammond Organs of the 60’s all had valve amplifiers, as did the Leslie speakers they usually played through. Played loud, you got a bit of overdrive resulting in a gentle warm distortion. The clean sound of the later Hammonds can be great (like Tony Banks with Genesis) but sometimes you just need that dirty …

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Written on Nov, 01, 2014 by in , | 5 Comments.
D.I.Y. Hammond Leslie Horn

    Getting that Honky Sound The Hammond T-202 has an inbuilt Leslie speaker which sounds pretty good but only has a 10″ cone with a 2 speed rotating baffle – no horns for that high end and honky air distortion. To modify it I bought a compression driver for £7 (plus around £6 delivery!) from Blue Aran (here) and …

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Written on Sep, 10, 2014 by in | 2 Comments.
Bluebox's George and Nick

Bluebox are playing The Big Cwtch on Saturday 13th September at 2.00pm. It’s a Charity music and food festival with 2 stages and loads of bands (and food) held in Glanrannel Park House, Crugybar, Carmarthenshire SA19 8SA. AJ (our drummer) is having an op on his knee so we’re rehearsing a “no drums” set of more chilled out blues – …

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Written on Sep, 08, 2014 by in | 1 Comment.
Pressgang at a festival

Well, never say never, but after 14/9/14 I will no longer be a part of Pressgang. Damian has hinted that he he may carry on with a new line-up alongside his brilliant solo work so watch this space!   Life moves on… Having played with Pressgang for half my life it’s quite a break – but I cannot give the …

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Written on Aug, 14, 2014 by in | 1 Comment.
Spanner Metalophone, Driftwood Slide with Steampunk accordion and hat

I’m doing a “George Whitfield Solo Gig” at Rhosygilwen Folk Club on Thursday 21st August and I’m quite excited because although I play a lot I don’t often get the chance to do my own thing solo. As well as playing songs and tunes on the piano accordion I will be featuring my home-made instruments including Propellercaster, Driftwood Slide and …

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