Adrian Allan wrote:There is nobody else in the guitar world who elicits such strong reactions, either for complete respect, or the opinion that he was a self taught opinionated old fool.
I can think of one (although I might exchange "fool" for something less complimentary).
Never exchanged a harsh word with JD myself, but then I do share his opinion of (classical) tremolo. I find the various permutations to be useful as exercises and always have three of the better known works in memory, just in case, but I've never heard a rendition (including my own) that made me think "that sounds lovely" ... and I just hate the way that it gets used inappropriately as in Carcassi Op.60, no.7 (and even sometimes no.2) - yuk.
Adrian & Stephen - how on earth do you remember exactly when you attended something like that? I was at Cannington (having picked up ads from Guitar International I think - could have been the other magazine), only went to the concerts at Bath but there's no way I can put a year to any of the memories. I didn't know about the falling out or Oatridge - maybe I was out of the country - what's the story there?