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Funding cuts threaten the Fylde Guitar’s book
Francis McPeake School of Music
The Francis McPeake School website. The Mystery Mosaic
of Music which has been grid contains 3000 individual
providing traditional music spaces for logos. £140 buys a
tuition since 1977, is the latest tile that contains your logo which
of what is now becoming can then link to a business or
a long list of folk music personal website. When the tiles
organisations whose future are all sold, they have a plan
has been cast into doubt to create a Mosaic of all logos,
because of funding cuts. forming a large piece of artwork
that will then be exhibited to the
From its humble beginnings in public. Following the unveiling
the small parish hall of Clonard to the public, a representation of
Monastery at the heart of West the artwork will be presented on
Belfast, to its current home
within Belfast City Centre, the
Roger is passionate about the
Francis McPeake School of Despite the funding problems,
guitar and guitar players. “Davy
Music has been held in high Francis is confi dent about
Graham, John Pearse and John
regard as a cradle of traditional the future of the school. “We
Martyn all died recently. That is
music in Northern Ireland since have the support of the local
1977. The school houses both community but we also
ylde Guitars has produced
the man who started it all, the man
a ‘coffee table’ book that
who taught so many, and the man
tells the story of the Fylde
dedicated teaching spaces and need help from further afi eld.
who took it in new directions, all
Guitar. Every Fylde owner
a recording studio. Francis The School is facing many
gone, and its very, very sad. The
would enjoy the book as would
McPeake IV, who now runs challenges but we face the
modern acoustic guitar may well
anybody interested in guitar
the school has decided that future with optimism. The
have been invented in the USA,
making and fi ne woods. The
the best way to secure the Francis McPeake School of
but it has become a huge part of
book, designed by photographer
long term future of the school Music is a very special place,
our own musical heritage in the
Mike English working closely
is through fundraising that both to the people it serves and
UK, very largely due to those three
with Roger Bucknell, gives a
will allow them to become in the wider society of Belfast
great insight to Roger and his
independent of City Council and Northern Ireland. The
passion for guitars and guitar
who are one of their main legacy of Northern Ireland’s
“We are lucky that there is a new
making. It is a hardback book
funders. confl ict has left a deeply divided
generation of guitarists out there
with 140 pages with lots of
community and the School
- playing old standards, traditional
fabulous photography. The
Their Mystery Mosaic campaign believes that traditional music
music, jazz, pop and their own
lists of musicians who play
calls on local, national and can contribute to the process
compositions with just as much
Fylde instruments reads like a
international businesses and of reconciliation between the
skill and enthusiasm as ever
Who’s Who of acoustic players.
individuals to purchase tiles divided communities in Northern
before.” Davy Graham’s family
Roger takes great interest in
- advertising space - within their Ireland.”
have asked Roger to help sell his
every instrument and many of
‘Mystery Mosaic’ on the Francis
beloved Fylde Orsino, the guitar
his customers keep in touch,
McPeake School of Music
that he chose to re-launch his
many commissioning bespoke
steel string playing just about 4
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