Along with most of the sensible and intelligent world, I remain on what I hope is a temporary hiatus from all performances as I practice sheltering-in-place during this seemingly endless COVID-19 pandemic. It sure ain't any fun, often feeling more like 'house arrest', but it also beats the alternative! So I encourage you to do likewise and stay safe.
For over a dozen years, I've endured the gradual ravages of a genetic condition known as Dupuytrens Contracture. This is a disorder of the hand in which the tendons, over time, contract and pull the fingers towards the palm of the hand into a distorted 'claw' and large pads of skin form on the palm and under the finger joints. Needless to say, this is NOT an ideal situation for a guitarist and instrument maker! The sometimes painful condition seriously impacted my left hand's span and range of motion, thus making playing guitar more and more, shall we say, "challenging". It was simply a matter of time before the surgical solution had to be done, and due to COVID's negative impact upon my performance schedule, the time had arrived. So in July, I went 'under the knife'.
Even though my wife Claudia had dubbed me "The English Impatient" due to my delusional expectation that I should be able to do handstands (though I never could do handstands) and play guitar for hours only a week post-op, my hand continues to heal and I find in this New Year of 2021 that I can now play my instruments for longer durations every day.
The show must go on! Bring on the gigs!
As always, THANK YOU for your interest and support,
and I hope to see you at a show real soon!