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The Shaman’s Journey – Guided Meditation – Available Now!

The Shaman’s Journey – A Guided Meditation                         by David Ashworth and James Rippingale

the-shamans-journey-image-for-websiteI am very excited to announce that The Shaman’s Journey a guided meditation and collaborative project with spiritual teacher David Ashworth has now been completed and is available on ITunes.

The Shaman’s Journey has been a labour of love. Starting with a chance encounter between Dave and myself in 2012 and a subsequent recording session it finally came to fruition in late 2016 and took four years of experimentation and learning to finally hone and complete.

The focus of this meditation, called The Shaman’s Journey helps the listener to ground deeply into the earth. Grounding is the most essential element for the spiritual seeker to develop. As the music unfolds David’s voice takes you on a wonderful journey into the Earth. Each time you listen and journey with The Shaman, your grounding will deepen. The journey is guided from the Nature Spirit consciousness through the speaker – The Shaman – which is David’s voice accompanied by the wonderful, sylph-like veils of the music.

The Digital Download is available from ITunes. Click HERE

Cost £7.99

For more information on David Ashworth and his work visit David’s website at:

Seasonal Greetings and Thanks!

Wishing Everybody a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

James Rippingale at Melbourne Festival 2015Its been a wonderful musical year for me and I just wanted to send out some gratitude to everyone involved.

Thank you all of you for the concerts and bookings this year and to everybody who made it happen. It’s been a year of J.S.Bach with a guitar arrangement of the First Cello Suite featuring in most concerts and I feel privileged and blessed to have been able to immerse myself in this wonderful music and sound world.

Big thanks go to all the wonderful musicians that I have been lucky enough to collaborate with this year including Scott Marshall (Hurdy Gurdy), Greg Rawson (Drums), Jonathan Priestley (Classical Guitar), the St Peter’s Scholars and The Boots Orchestra. It is a joy to work with you all. Lets do it again!

I feel immense gratitude to the concert promoters and organisers: Stef Hill, Beate Toyka, Soundbites in Derby, Andrew Marples to name but a few.

Thanks also to those people who have booked me for your special events including  John and Suzy Whur. Playing at your wedding at St Mary’s in Derby was a privilege and a delight!

I’m excited about new projects and repertoire in the pipeline. I have a recording session booked in May that will result in a new CD of Bach, Barrios and more being released in the Summer. There are other projects  on their way to but more of that later……..Watch this space….:)

I wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year and a musical and joyous 2016!

Happy Holidays!




Classical Guitar Recital




in aid of the

Oxfam Syrian Refugee Appeal

At Wirksworth URC

Coldwell Street

10th October at 7.30pm

Tickets on the door £10 (£7 concessions)

Works by Bach, Telemann and Giuliani


New Concerts and Collaborations Oct 10th and 16th 2015

Eclectic Autumn!

UnknownIt is my pleasure to announce new concerts this October in collaboration with Jonathan Priestley, Greg Rawson and Scott Marshall. 

10th Oct. Guitar Recital with Jonathan Priestley.

Oct 10th 2015, 7:30pm at Wirksworth United Reformed Church, Coldwell Street, Wirksworth.

For this fundraising concert in aid of the Syrian Refugee Appeal I am teaming up with my good friend Jonathan Priestley an excellent classical guitarist and composer. We are preparing duos by Giuliani and Telemann was well as solos by Dowland, Bach, Albeniz and Sainz de la Maza. Tickets are £10 (£7 concessions).

16th Oct. James Rippingale and Friends at the Bridge Chapel in Derby

Featuring: Greg Rawson (Drums), Jonathan Priestley (Guitar) and Scott Marshall (Hurdy Gurdey)

Oct 16th 2015,  7:30pm at The Chapel of St Mary on the Bridge, Sowter Rd, DE1 3AT. Tickets £8.

Bridge Chapel Concert 2014

The Bridge Chapel Concert in Derby 2014 featuring Andy Gatford, Greg Rawson, Scott Marshall and James Rippingale.

The Autumn Bridge Chapel Concert has become quite a tradition in Derby and is now now in its 5th year! Kindly organised by Soundbites of Derby the concert aims to create an eclectic mix of music from around the world and from many historical eras with an exciting mixture sounds from some of Derbyshires most unique instrumentalists.

Proceeds always go to a good cause and this year we are raising funds for the homeless charity Crisis. Please click here for a link to the Crisis website.

The first half will feature classical guitar solos and duets from James Rippingale and Jonathan Priestley including music by Telemann and Giuliani.

The second half will feature Scott Marshall on Hurdy Gurdy and Greg Rawson on Djembe. It will be amplified, exciting and probably quite unpredictable with a mixture of Folk and Medieval musical offerings…….

Please click here to view a video from last year.




Next Concert – Melbourne Festival – Derbyshire

Solo Guitar Recital at Melbourne Festival in Derbyshire. 7:30pm, 13th September 2015. Tickets £10.

Come and join me for an evening of solo classical guitar music at Melbourne Festival!

I will be playing works by Bach, Albeniz, Barrios and more in the beautiful setting of The White Ballroom in Amalfi White in Melbourne. The programme will include an arrangement of the first Cello Suite by Bach as well as a selection of Spanish favourites. For more details please visit:


New Video – J.S. Bach – Gigue

New Video!

Here is a Gigue by Bach that I recorded earlier this month while warming up for a concert. I love to play Bach on the guitar. This piece was originally written for Cello and is arranged here for guitar by Manuel Barrueco. Hope you enjoy it!



Next Performance – June 14th – Music in the Great Hall – Southwell Minster

Performance at Belper Festival, May 2015. Photography by Geraldine Curtis.

Photography by Geraldine Curtis.

My next performance will be as part of the Music in the Great Hall series in Southwell Minster. The concert will take place in the historic Great Hall of the Archbishop’s Palace, Southwell Minster at 7.30pm, with refreshments served from 7.00pm.

Admission is free (no reservations) with a retiring collection to support the work of Southwell Minster Choir Association.


I am preparing to play a guitar arrangement of Bach’s First Cello Suite as well as pieces by Sainz de la Maza, Yocoh and Barrios as well as two of my own compositions.

big_35800578_0_300-207It will be a delight to make a return visit to play in this wonderful intimate venue with lovely acoustics. For more details please click below:

Southwell Guitar Recital 




Belper Festival – Classical Guitar Recital – 19th May 2015

James RippingaleCome along to the beautiful Derbyshire town of Belper to hear a Classical Guitar Recital this May.

I am delighted to have been invited to play at Belper Music Festival this year in the beautiful venue of St Peter’s Church. I have prepared a varied concert of pieces including an arrangement of Bach’s First Cello Suite BWV 1007 as well as Yocoh’s Sakura Variations, music by Barrios and a selection of Spanish Classics by Albeniz, Granados and Tarrega.

For more details please visit:

Here is a piece from the programme.