Disabled Sheffield musician teaches the blues

Slide guitar maestro Tom Doughty gives the benefit of his expertise to patient Pauline Hucks at the Spinal Injuries unit at Northern General Hospital
Slide guitar maestro Tom Doughty gives the benefit of his expertise to patient Pauline Hucks at the Spinal Injuries unit at Northern General Hospital
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DISABLED blues musician Tom Doughty visited patients at Sheffield’s spinal injuries unit to inspire them how to play guitar.

Tom was injured in a motorbike accident in 1974, when he was just 17.

But despite being left with spinal injuries and restricted use of his hands, his love of music drove him to take up the slide guitar.

Lap slide guitar is a method which requires very little finger movement, making it suitable for people with limited mobility.

Now Tom has set out on a mission to inspire others to learn to play and is touring 12 specialist spinal centres in Britain, including the Northern General’s Princess Royal spinal injuries centre.

He said: “I just love music.

“I’m a great advocate for it. Where would we be without music?

“Playing music is just another way of expressing human creativity and artistic flair - and we should all have the opportunity to do it.”

The visit included workshops, demonstrations and a concert, in a tour funded by the Arts Council.

When he isn’t performing, Tom teaches other tetraplegics to play lap slide guitar, in person and over the internet.

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