From Bog to Bach – a guitar 5,000 years in the making

Richard Durrant is an English guitarist and composer who lives by the sea in Sussex, and his favourite guitar has an incredible history. He's has teamed up with friend, film-maker and former BBC presenter, Neil Pringle to make a short documentary about the instrument’s story.


How exactly did a huge Fenland black oak tree, which fell and lay undisturbed in the silt of the flooded forest floor for 5,000 years, end up making music in the 21st century?

A 30-minute film explains all and follows Richard on a journey around England, meeting the cabinetmaker Hamish Low who saved and preserved the wood, and the luthier Gary Southwell, who lovingly transformed the precious timber into a remarkable and beautiful musical instrument. It also features on-location and studio performances of some of Richard’s own compositions.

Bog Oak Guitar is a fascinating and engaging story, which celebrates an extraordinary piece of England’s natural history, and shines a light on the incredible talents of three passionate men.

You can view the trailer here:

The world premiere of Bog Oak Guitar will take place on Richard’s YouTube Channel at 7pm on Saturday 13 November.


Neil Pringle Productions
West Sussex
07885 768 122

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