Playing four notes every beat, at 120ish beats per minute for forty minutes would mean that James Blackshaw played about 20,000 notes tonight, not counting the bass notes. This, combined with the altered tunings on his 12-string guitar made his guitar sound almost like a harp, or even at times a sitar. The effect was mesmerising and melancholy. Despite touring all over the country several times, tonight was his first visit to Brum. I hope he returns.