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ESRC Online Arts Activities - Blues Guitar

Ian Walsh - Introduction to Blues Guitar

Ian has created a tutorial video introducing the concepts of blues guitar, as part of our ESRC Create and Connect project to develop online arts-based activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The activities will build upon the work of RAG and provide mental health and wellbeing support for patients who face an extended, lonely period of self-isolation. As we are unable to run in-person events and workshops due to the ongoing pandemic, the online activities will provide an introduction to a range of art forms that we hope patients will find engaging and enjoyable.

Ian is a Consultant Surgeon and Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine, Queen's University Belfast, and in his spare time plays lead guitar in RagBone, alongside Alistair MacKenzie, Social Worker at South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and Lyn McMullan, Audiovisual Producer. The three friends have played together occasionally throughout the years, and came together to perform as RagBone for our ESRC Festival of Social Science event 'The Art of Health and Wellbeing'.

RagBone have recently released 'To The Light', a 3 track EP which is available to hear via Amazon MusicSpotify and Apple Music. The band have produced a CD with the profits to be donated to Northern Ireland Kidney Patient Association and Kidney Care UK. 

We hope that you enjoy the tutorial and would really appreciate your feedback on our art activities by clicking the link at the bottom of the page. 

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