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Songwriting Worksohp with Bernard Butler

Generator Union and guitarguitar brings one of the industries leading songwriters to north east for an exclusive and intimate workshop.

These songwriting workshops are centred around collaboration – aiming to rediscover human interaction with the reassurance of peer feedback.

Bernard Butler will help you take a toolbox of songwriting tricks to an original song (in early stages of development) – inviting productive discourse as a group or as individual.

This is a limited capacity workshop with support from guitarguitar and powered by Generator Union.


There are two tickets available for this workshop, please make sure you book the right ticket.

Workshop Participant for those looking to take part in the workshop and be hands on with instruments, and vocals with Bernard.

Audience Member for those looking to watch the workshop take place and see the magic happen!

About Bernard

Bernard Butler has been noted as one of Britain’s most original and influential musicians. In 1989 he formed Suede releasing the Mercury winning No.1 debut “Suede” and the era-defining “Dog Man Star”, a sprawling concept of rare ambition. His collaboration with David McAlmont on the anthemic ”Yes” provided an intriguing footprint across Britpop’s otherwise jingoist landscape culminating in 2 albums and a sell out at London’s Roundhouse in 2015.

He released two solo albums on Creation, the acclaimed “People Move On” yielding the hit single “Stay”, and “Friends and Lovers” and a Brit nomination before moving into a celebrated period as producer and songwriter including seminal releases by The Libertines, Tricky, Black Kids, Kate Nash, Nerina Pallot, Teleman, The Cribs, James Morrison, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Texas, Mark Eitzel, Mull Historical Society, Sam Lee, Oscar Lang and Paloma Faith.

In 2005 he began a collaboration with Duffy spawning her five million-selling, Grammy and Brit Award winning debut Rockferry, whilst Butler won the Producer’s Award at the 2009 BRIT Awards.

He has played guitar live or on records by Pet Shop Boys, Bryan Ferry, Roy Orbison, Bert Jansch, The Libertines, Neneh Cherry, Robert Plant and Ben Watt with whom he toured extensively. Butler’s group Trans released a series of EPs featuring tracks grown out of improvisational recordings made at Butler’s own Studio 355.

Butler acts as proud Patron to the Bert Jansch Foundation, hosts a radio show “BB & The King” on Boogaloo Radio, and is a Lecturer at BIMM London developing students through their BA in Songwriting. He composed the original score to BBC Horizons documentary “Back From The Dead” and collaborated in songwriting camps and sessions for Warner-Chappell Publishing. He conducts audience-led PreProduction events around the country for the Musicians Union and is a Patron of the Music Venue Trust.

He is currently working on a new collaboration alongside his first solo material in 20 years.

About guitarguitar

guitarguitar is an employee owned, award-winning musical instrument retailer for players, by players.

Founded by Kip McBay and Graham Bell in Edinburgh in 2004, guitarguitar takes pride in being the UK’s largest guitar retailer, running for 18+ years and counting with over 160 expert employees, stocking everything a musician could possibly need, whether you’re beginner, intermediate or rocking the main stage – we’ve got the instrument for you and we’re here to help you find it.

Our transition into an Employee Ownership Trust means we’re putting our employees “centre stage” by becoming the country’s first musical instrument retailer to move to Employee Ownership.

With 6 stores across the UK, we’re accessible wherever you are throughout the country. Visiting our guitar shop is like no other music store experience you have had. With sound proofed private sound booths so you can shut out the world, crank up the amp and get lost in the experience of your dream guitar. If electronic drums, keys and synths are your thing, we also stock a wide selection of the best brands available and with Europe’s only physical Roland location situated in the heart of Glasgow, you can try our wide variety in person.

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