About Us

Moonflower Guitars was established in 2020 in a spirit of spontaneity and optimism by three friends and bandmates, Ming, Jon, and Alan.



As the band Project Blackbird, we have gigged in the UK and Europe, and released our first album together with our bandmate Jamie in March 2021. Alan is the awesome guitarist within the business trio and has developed a good working knowledge of electric guitars, equipment, and accessories through his passion for music and playing.

Jon, a multi-instrumentalist, has worked professionally as a touring and recording musician for many years alongside his former career as a head teacher.  He was The Specials' touring trumpet player from 2008 to 2015 and played on The Dandy Warhols' 25th Anniversary European Tour in 2019.  He is our business mentor and social butterfly!

Ming is a practicing mental health social worker with an eye for beautiful patterns, and when not assisting at the shop will be in her workshop helping to develop Moonflower's line of custom, decorated scratchplates and fabric-covered guitars. She is a bass player, but has been tempted into learning guitar by the amazing Jade Dragon from Bear Guitars (pictured above left).

We have a shared passion for music and adventure, and aim to provide the present and future guitar-players of Rutland and beyond with friendly, knowledgeable, and creative service.  Our shop is located in the historic market town of Oakham on Mill Street, which is renowned for its vibrant independent and community spirit.  It is this same spirit that we hope to share with you through our quality, commitment, and enthusiasm.