Blues boost for Pocklington

Arts Centre, Accoustic Blues, Michael Messer leads the slide guitar workshop

Arts Centre, Accoustic Blues, Michael Messer leads the slide guitar workshop

0
Have your say

A MUSIC-filled weekend at the Pocklington Arts Centre saw people from all across the country flock to the town.

The venue played host to the Acoustic Blues Weekend, a music teaching programme run by the European Blues Association.

The event, which was spread over three days, included harmonica, country blues guitar and slide guitar workshops, which catered for all levels. There was also an evening jam session and a public staff concert.

Assistant manager of the Arts Centre, James Duffy, said the weekend was a “great boost to the local economy” as many people who travelled to the town stayed at local hotels and B&B’s.

Michael Roach, director of the European Blues Association, said he chose to hold the event in Pocklington because it had everything they were looking for.

He said: “I enquired through several contacts to find a venue in the north that was suitable for one of our Acoustic Blues Weekend music teaching programmes.

“Our plan was to find a venue close to our members in the north of England that could also draw in participants from Scotland as well.

“Not only does the venue attract our northern members, it appeals to all our members.

“We found everything we could ask for in Pocklington.”