Poetry Time – “Petty Differences” by Alistair Walker

The singer, songwriter and guitarist Tom Petty passed away back in 2017. I’d been listening to his music for years and it’d become a backing track to my life at that time bringing me inspiration and comfort.

When Tom Petty died I decided to dedicate all my Autumn 2017 concerts to his memory. Little did I know that I would receive a poem about it after a recital one cold and misty October evening in Southwell Minster. Thanks Alistair, love your writing 🙂


Sunday night in Southwell.

A concert in The Minster Great Hall.

A classical guitarist . . . . . .

. . . . . who dedicated his performance to Tom Petty.

A rock star’s passing doesn’t normally bother me

But Tom Petty was one of the good guys.

And this was a shock.

I’d seen him at Hyde Park in July.

He’d looked fine.

Back at The Minster, the old chap in front of me turned to his wife.

“Who?” he asked.

“Tom Petty.” she replied.

He shrugged.

“Never heard of him.”

Alastair Walker

8th October 2017

Wells Cathedral School Classical Guitar Day

In October 2019 we put on our first Classical Guitar Day at Wells Cathedral School. Guided by James Rippingale and visiting tutor Jonathan Priestley pupils enjoyed a fun day of playing, learning and inspiriation culminating in a student concert in Well’s own world class concert venue Cedars Hall. The first of what we hope to be an annual event where guitarists can come together from accross the UK.

To find out more click HERE