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Gibson guitars WWII Kalamazoo Gals story continues...

French T.V documentary with John Thomas...





 Holy Grail Guitar Show, Berlin cancellation


Sad that the 2020 Holy Grail Guitar Show got cancelled. No choice due to the Covid 19 situation. I was going to host two symposiums on recording guitars with producer Steven Forward and a guitar demo for Matt Proctor from M-Tone Guitars, Portland, U.S. However, Tania Spalt, event coordinator managed to save the day by setting up an online event. You can check out the videos and links here :


M Tone Guitars . Holy Grail Couch Show


Recording Guitar. Producer Steve Forward and guitarist Mike Cahen


The Holy Grail Couch Show



Work in progress : Rough mixes


Waving Blues by bassist Steve York featuring Patrick Buchmann on drums and Lisa York on keyboards.

I played the Greyhound guitars custom ST and a Strat on this track.

Check Steves' biog here :  STEVE YORK





Work in progress : Rough mixes




 Some Loan Blues







Symposiums and conferences with British producer Steve Forward.


Demo for M-Tone Gutars, in the video below luthier Matt Proctor speaks about his approach to building guitars.






 Work in progress:

New track featuring Roger Inniss on bass, Duncan Mackay on keyboards and Mick Evans at MelPro Studio , Cape Town, South Africa mixing



 The Jazz Trio back at l'Assemblée Nationale in December.



 VL Custom Shop equipment validation video at Studio Bleu.




New album ! Acoustic and Electric guitar compilation 1.

Listen to the tracks here ! Album Promo Player



 Session work with Krishna Black Eagle




September 7th. Concert: Festival des Moles. Ruf's Blues Caravan with Ina Forsman and Katarina Pejak .Website


 Ina Forsman



 Katarina Pejak








Recording in Spain.

VL Effects amp validation.


Album release. Coast to Coast: 'Like an Angel' instrumental version. Speegra records.


Cover design by :


Listen to the tracks here! : Coast to Coast 'Like an Angel' Instrumental album




Rotosound strings endorsement.

Thks to Jason How, Zack Frederick and Julien Carlier.




 Great video on the history of Rotosound strings






 3 min trailer. Nice laid back acoustic session using the Mohan Veena, different guitar tunings, repertoire ranging from folk to jazz.guests Mox Gowland on Harmonica and Marten Ingle on bass. Mox was part of the British « Blues Boom ». He played with the most renowned blues artists of his generation : Alexis Korner, Alex Harvey, Davy Graham, Peter Green, John Mayall, Eric Clapton, etc. He also worked 4 years with Ike & Tina Turner.




The ST Custom Guitar built by luthier Salvador Soriano from Greyhound Guitars.


 The 'MOAB' project update. Here's a rough mix of 'Waving Bass' featuring bassist Steve York, Pat Buchmann on drums and Jak Bouniard.




Playing the Greyhound Guitars ST Custom model.                          



 Soundcheck with guitarist Pascal Corriu in Montpellier.

I've known Pascal since we met studying at the Guitar Institute of Technology in Los Angeles.

             During the concert singer songwriter Chris Gonzales with whom Pascal and myself have worked with came to jam.


Acoustic duo gigs in the South of France in Montpellier & Remoulins.



 First test of the custom Greyhound Guitars ST model in a small club setting straight into amp.




 Instrumentals produced and arranged by Steven Forward




 Recording sessions. Instrumental tracks.



Demo for Daguet Guitars at Guitare Village, Domont


Visual by Martney. Contact : Martney Communications



Workshop at UPEM- LACT. (Marne la Vallée University)


 Visual by Martney. Contact : Martney Communications



The 'Kalamazoo Gals' WWII Gibson guitar project update.


John Thomas  a world authority in acoustic guitars has participated in many seminars across the world presenting his book The story of extraordinary women & Gibson's Banner guitars of WWII. John is currently presenting the 'Kalamazoo Gals' Gibson in Cremona Italy



July September Recording sessions 


Original acoustic tracks with arrangements and mixing by Steven Forward.

Krishna Black Eagle, american singer songwriter. Recording original tracks to be featured during his concert at the World Peace Day Concert , Central Park, N.Y.C.




'Mike's Music Connection' II workshop/clinic at Studio Bleu rehearsal studios, Paris.

Guests : Vincent Loret from VL Effects Custom Shop presenting the High Tone VL20 handwired amp.



'Mike's Music Connection' I workshop at Studio Bleu rehearsal studios, Paris

Guests:  Alain Decampos (drums) and Marten Ingle (bass)

Vincent Loret from VL Effects Custom Shop presenting the new 20w High Tone amp featuring 6V6 power tubes.





The Holy Grail Guitar Show, Berlin .

 Demos for M Tone Guitars (U.S), Daguet Guitars (Fr), Ergon Guitars (P) and San Lorenzo Guitars (Fr)


Interview for Premier Guitar Magazine interview for M-Tone Guitars.





One of the highlights of the 2018 Holy Grail Guitar show was meeting Fretboard Magazine author John Thomas.

John brought two guitars to the show: A WWII 'Kalamazoo Gals' Gibson featured in the short video below and another acoustic destined for Eric Clapton.



Here's a trailer for John Henry's book 'Kalamazoo Gals' on the ladies who built guitars for Gibson during WWII.


Kalamazoo Gals from John Thomas on Vimeo.









  • 2020


Duo concerts with Van Wilks to announced


Holy Grail Guitar Show demo for M-Tone Guitars




The Mike Cahen Jazz Trio will be back at l'Assemblée Nationale





Marten Ingle Band



Blues Caravan concert. Festival des Moles. Montbeliard, France. Website

Saturdays : Workshops at Studio Bleu.


  • MAY


Acoustic concert with guests Mox Gowland and Marten Ingle




2 acoustic gigs with special guest Phil Clark (vocals/guitar)




Marten Ingle Band concert




Concert with Alain Decampos (drums), Roger Inniss (bass), Jak Bouniard (kbds)






Gig with Alain Decampos (drums), Roger Inniss (bass), Jak Bouniard (kbds) and jam with guest Steven Forward (guitar)




Montpellier, France : Acoustic concert with fellow Musician's Institute alumni the great guitarist Pascal Corriu.

Remoulins, France : Acoustic concert with special guests !





Daguet Day at Guitare Village. Demos for luthier Roger Daguet at Guitare Village.


Marten Ingle Band




Private event : at Le Mans with Jacques Bouniard.

  • MAY


5 - 6Holy Grail Guitar Show. Berlin, Germany.


 Demos for :

Ergon Guitars, Adriano Sérgio, Portugal     

San Lorenzo Guitars, France  

Vila Guitars, Spain 

Daguet Guitars, France

M-Tone Guitars, video demo U.S for Premier Guitar Magazine U.S

Berlin Jam Night Concert

 With luthiers Gunnar Sigurdsson (Iceland), Fran Rodrigues (Spain) and Mike Hembury at the Estrel Convention Center



4. Mike Cahen - Roger Inniss Band 

3. Mike Cahen - Roger Inniss Band 



2. Marten Ingle & Friends. L'Intervalle


27 Soul & Country Band