Carolan has passed some time in Bristol with Rob King and Pippa Marland, founders of the celtic-jazz-fusion band Carmina.
"In the interview, Rob and I had the idea of using one of the codes on the guitar to map to a composition that one person might begin and then subsequent guardians of the guitar adapt and develop." (Pippa Marland)
"it seems that the guitar could act as a kind of ‘medium’ between all the different players that have it in their possession – but also that ‘a sense of place’ could be very significant as well. Towards the end of the interview we came up with the idea of the ‘souvenir’, and this prompted me to think along a kind of parallel line – that the guitar couldn’t give you an actual physical souvenir, like a plastic model of the Eiffel Tower or plaster-cast of Michelangelo’s David – but it could perhaps in being handed from musician to musician present to the holder something of the artistic gifts of it previous ‘owner’. This sounds very metaphorical, but perhaps might be made real through the digital medium. I mean that the actuality of it being handled and played by someone you admire could become a kind of ‘ongoing’ souvenir – when you hold it and play it again perhaps something of that player’s power might be transmitted to you – the analogy of a seance comes to mind!" (Rob King)