and Tunes Accompanied With Fingerstyle Guitar
An uncontemplated navel and fingers faster than thought"
Mick is one of those
chaps I seem to have known forever. First meeting in the Dove and
at many singarounds at Sidmouth. Mick's been quietly enjoying Miskin
for a couple of years now so it's about time he got a guest spot.
Mick led a sybaritic
life, until the day one of the handmaidens bathing him opened the
window of the pool room. The voice of the head gardener drifting
through the window brought about a Damascene transformation. Entranced,
he leapt from the bath, still dripping warm asses’ milk, and
decided from then to devote his life to music. So started his path
to penury and starvation. His emaciated figure can now be found
in clubs and festivals singing everything from unaccompanied traditional
song to accompanied jazz standards, but traditional and traditional
style song, with or without guitar, remains his main love. (His
navel has never knowingly been introspectively gazed at). Having
fingers thankfully faster than his brain, he also plays traditional
tunes on the guitar. He currently has surplus handmaidens for sale;
don’t be too shy to stop him and buy one.
A varied past includes playing jazz
at the Addis Ababa Hilton, accompanying French and Russian cabaret
and traditional songs and playing classical guitar for a soprano
singing Dowland lute songs and in a Renaissance consort. He played
guitar with the Johnny Collins Big Band, played whistle in an Irish
dance band and for many years, as King George, annually took part
in the defeat of Turkish Knights with Herga Mummers. Ennui has sometimes
led him to compere concerts and run singarounds and clever-dickness
has made him run workshops.
As well as his own duo recording
with Kitty Vernon, Mick played guitar on recordings by Johnny Collins
and Rod Shearman and has provided backing vocals and whistle on
several others. He has appeared at folk clubs and festival (including
Sidmouth, where he also ran some guitar workshops).
Dark The Day – Mick Pearce
and Kitty Vernon (vocal & guitar)
Pedlar of Songs – Johnny Collins (guitar)
Now & Then – Johnny Collins (guitar)
Here’s To Friends- Rod Shearman (guitar)
Off To Sea Again - Rod Shearman (guitar)
Of Ships And Men- Jim Mageean (vocal)
Smoke In The Valley- Helen Akitt (vocal)
Man Of Parts- Mike Ruff (vocal)
Hand Me Down Songs Barry & Ingrid Temple (whistle)
How To Make Your Guitar Sound Good
– how the physics of playing (fingerstyle) guitar affects
the tone and sound of the guitar.
Harmony on the Guitar – an
introduction to harmony on the guitar and how it can be used in
songs and tunes.
Tel: 01909 485100 Mob: 07854 279260
e-mail: MickCPearce@aol.com or MCPearce0@aol.com
Address: 3 Tylden Road, Rhodesia, Worksop, Notts S80 3HL