In terms of non-standard tunings, I think most would probably associate an Avalon with dropped-D or DADGAD tunings. Indeed, that was one of the reasons I went for an Avalon, having tried a few Lowdens. My L32C sounds great in DADGAD, I admit, but that jumbo body really seems to come into its own in C tunings. Still got the chiming trebles, but the bottom C and G resonate so wonderfully, I often find myself just noodling around in Duane Eddy territory.
Last night I was working on 'Ready For the Storm' and 'Caledonia' by the rather excellent Dougie Maclean, whose music I only discovered in the past three or four months. The latter song is one I always gravitate to in CGCGCE tuning, to the point my wife commented "You're always playing that song!" A quick tweak to CGCGCD for some Huw Williams followed. (As an aside, does anyone else out there know this guy's music? He was main reason for looking at Lowden's in the first place and then coming to here.) But from there, where to go without loads of retuning? Herein lies my problem.
I know Nick Drake used CGCFCE a lot and I have some of his tabs in the Way To Blue book. Martin Simpson has been known to use C tunings too, but in his case, I wouldn't even know where to start listening, let alone playing. Andy Carroll also uses CGCGCD for 'Eliza's Eyes', which I bought as a download off his website, but I'm having difficulties with the required hand-over-the-top playing style. I also can't manage Andy McKee's 'Drifting' (not, C, I know!) for the same reason: I guess I'm more of a traditional-style player at heart.
So, can anyone recommend some other artists who a) use C tunings and b) whose EASIER work has been tabbed out by more gifted amateurs and is easily available. (I can't afford to buy any sheet music at the moment as I am saving my Â£Â£Â£ to ultimately get pickups in both my guitars.)