born in 1959 in
South West London, England, (I
am 3/4 British / 1/4 Lithuanian),
and attended local schools, attained 8 'O' levels in 1976
and 3 'A' levels in
1978, which led to a place at Portsmouth Polytechnic, Hampshire in
1978, starting a degree in Marine
Biology. However, I was not really an 'academic', and was struggling with the work when John Hunnisett came on the scene in a chance
meeting, when I dropped into his little Music 'come' Repair shop - in Southsea, Hampshire in
late 1978 - for a set of guitar strings. A great interest in guitar building and guitars in general developed with John's encouragement which led to me leaving Portsmouth in 1979 trying to get a job involving guitars. I applied to all the main 'distributors' in Great Britain and also unsuccessfully applied to the London College of Furniture, which at that time was the only place in Great Britain that did a course in musical instrument making. Whilst all this was going on, I did many and various jobs - as a
labourer, security guard,
night worker, warehouse worker - until eventually the opportunity with Chris Eccleshall came about.
A couple of amazing years was spent with Chris (The Master) as his apprentice learning how to make and repair the guitar and mandolin 'families', until it was then time to go out and do it 'the hard way' - on my own.
covers some of the general information in the 'Guitarist' Magazine "Flying Angel" review, so have a browse through that as well if you're interested.
My first couple of guitars were made while with Chris, and the rest from then up until 1989 in various parts of the country.
I exhibited my guitars for the 1st time at the...
First British Guitar Show
held at The Royal Festival Hall in London, England in 1982.
I moved to Somerset in 1983 to live with my Dad after Mum had died and I met Lyn later that year.
I exhibited again in 1984,
this time at The
London where I had about 6
We moved to Exeter in 1985 where we opened the 'Workshop' which became "The Shop". ( I should stress at this point, it took until 1985 and us both doing all sorts of jobs in the mean-time to get to the position of renting a Shop, and to start with we "slept
in the car" out side "it", for 3 months ! .......... which was pretty "hectic" ! We had a market stall, Lyn did sewing projects and I did furniture repairs, French polishing and all sorts of 'bits and bobs' to earn a 'crust' ! )
We were married in early 1987, and took on an Industrial unit as a 'Main workshop', apart from having 'The Shop', Electrical Repairs Facility and a Rehearsal Room. Our first born was Jessica later in the year. We closed the Shop workshop, and all the associated premises and moved to Wales in mid 1988. Kelly was born in 1989 just after ill health and disability made it impossible for me to
carry on the business - unfortunately. Then Larissa, our third little girl, was born in 1992.
In a 'nutshell', that is in brief the history of Kevin, Lyn and" Royal Guitars ".
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My personal music tastes are 'essentially' '70s based, having seen many and various Bands in the '70s at venues all around London.
( .....Boring old **** ! ) .....but there's a lot of great more new stuff I like too !
My favorite Vinyl Albums or CDs - In no particular order.....
Ten Years After
Rickie Lee Jones
K D Lang
David Bromberg Band
and The Dominos
John Lee Hooker
Kiki Dee/Carmelo Luggeri
There are a few of the 'Heavier' variety from the '70s at the bottom. I don't listen to them a great deal now, but they are still a very important part of the music that essentially shaped my feelings and influenced my guitars in later years - all great stuff !
More recently, we've come across some brilliant Andean music by a guy called -
Angel Puna from
( a 20 second download at 56k )
Regarding a favorite album - I've thought about this a lot but can't decide on only one, so there have to be four -
Santana - Lotus.
Santana - Caravanserai.
Wishbone Ash - Argus.
Wishbone Ash - Live in Chicago.
As far as individual favorite tracks are concerned - to ' Chilout ' to -
Two from Santana.....
Step of the Way
Incident at Neshabur from Lotus,
an Amazing 'Latin' piece from Santana III -
that mean a lot to me are.....
Wishbone Ash - Leaf and Stream from Argus
( there's a great version on Live Dates 3 also )
Faith Hill - The Secret of Life from Faith
and more recently
Wishbone Ash - Faith, Hope and Love from Bonafide
which is very special to me indeed.
Some great lyrics in all these, which helped me dig myself out of some 'very deep holes'.
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I was sent some Beautiful works of Art by e-mail, which I found out are by
an American Artist.
They are some of the Best I've ever seen. I have some pictures here on the site by permission.
(NB - Kev..."For me, the "Earth" will never seem the same again !")
The images on these pages are highly compressed.
If you'd like to visit His Studio and have a look at all his work, click below for a link to his website...
Link to..... jim warren.com
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source of Art that has always
fascinated me is - what is known as NOSE-ART.
Nose-Art is the general term for all the Art that was painted on the "War-birds" of WWII, bombers and fighters etc.
I believe the British, Commonwealth and other Allied forces were more reserved regarding this, the Art of the USAF was much more flamboyant. The Nose-Art on the bombers was probably the most famous, 'The Memphis Belle' is probably the most famous of all. Continuing on this topic..... i.e. WWII ( I am only 42, so I have no direct experience of these events, however my father
volunteered and served in The Royal Navy from 1941 to 1945..... and fortunately got out in 'one piece'.)
There are several websites on the subject of Nose-Art... I'm going to try to organize some links for anybody that is interested. It is well worth a look.
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month is Very important to me.
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