Gordon TaylorI have been playing guitar since I was 9. (When I tell you that the first concert I ever went to was Jimi Hendrix on the ‘Purple Haze’ tour, you can see just how long ago that was)! I worked in finance for 26 years and originally came to Gloucestershire as District Manager for the then Halifax Building Society. Around 15 years ago I had the chance to escape and was lucky enough to find this job in the music trade. Music has always been my real passion. I play guitar, tenor banjo, mandola, mandolin. I played for 13 years in a folk group called celtish with whom I have played at the Royal Albert Hall, the NEC and many different art centres, festivals and concert venues in the UK and abroad. I have played at Birmingham Symphony Hall as the guest of a group called ‘Wild Green’. Once a month I am the sound engineer for ‘Vonnies’ blues club in Charlton Kings. Blues is another passion of mine. I don’t have a lot of free time! I am passionate about the music business and really enjoy helping others. I always try and provide a positive way forward for customers even if I cannot directly help. I am always learning from customers and I think that it’s the combination of listening to my customers and trying to be genuinely helpful that has helped the business grow over the last ten years. Roll on the next ten!
Lyndon DodingtonMusic has been a significant part of my life ever since I can remember singing ‘She loves you yeh, yeh, yeh” – complete with air guitar -instead of the hymn everybody else in the church congregation was singing at the time (I was only six). Since then I have learned to play the violin and piano, played in local orchestras, rock and folk bands and sung in choirs. I have also written, arranged and performed music for a number of local Shakespeare productions. My current musical activities focus on classical piano and violin playing but I am also involved in a jazz-rock group and play in a ceilidh band. My musical influences and tastes are numerous and wide ranging – from Josquin to Haydn, Bartok, Peter Gabriel, Crowded House, Fairport Convention … I have spent a large part of my working life in music education teaching violin, piano/keyboard and classroom music in Bristol and in schools around Gloucestershire. My work with a county music group for many years enabled me to gain valuable knowledge of brass and woodwind instruments. Working in the shop is a great opportunity to see another side of the world of music. And it’s satisfying to be able to use my knowledge and experience to help customers make the right decisions when it comes to making a purchase, whether it be of an instrument or for some sheet music.