Some friends / Influences
8th Aug - 1944 to 26th March - 2015.
RIP my dear friend
Clive and I met several years ago
through our mutual friendship with John.
I had never known John be so
complimentary about anybody else's guitar playing in all
the 30 plus years that I knew him.
Keith is possibly the only other person
that I know that could also at one time play almost all
of John's published repetoire virtually note for note.
With one eye to his influences, Keith's CD "The Sun Returns" took the Renbourn / Jansch / Graham "folk baroque" style to a contemporary level.
Absolutely extraordinary arrangements from one of the best guitar player's in the UK and one of the folk scene's best kept secrets.
Probably like most guitar players, I
have tried and struggled to arrange O'Carolan tunes for
guitar, with various degrees of success.
Then you hear somebody like Lily playing them on harp, and you wonder why you even bothered.
Phil and I played our first guitar
duets in public together in a little club in a pub
called The Crown on Conway Street in Birkenhead, more
years ago that I suspect that either of us care to admit
to. He remains my favourite guitar player to jam
with. Now established as one of the best guitar players
on the folk scene.
Rory and I "survived" St Hugh's school
in Birkenhead together.
We recently met up again after about 30
years when they played a gig down the road from me.
They are an absolutely brilliant band specialising in Irish music, check out their web site and catch them if you possibly can.
My mate Jim Rees writes, and publishes books specialising in Irish history.
This is his web site, and you can also find him on Facebook
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John with "Breakdown" and myself with "Jasmin" hooked up and became friends for life back around 1982.
Best acoustic blues guitar player in the UK by a country mile. (and then some)
John has recently recorded a series of You Tube videos for Atkin guitars, they are absolutely superb.
Start off with this one for The Hunter's Purse and you should be able to find the rest from there.
Morelle and I became friends around 2007.
She has recently wriiten a really beautiful book about her and John's travels around the world through the 90's called Every Shade of Blue.
It is a unique book, for anyone that knew John, I hope that you will buy it
Rachel offers a transcription service second to none. She has transcribed some of the most complicated guitar pieces from audio that I have ever tried to play...
(you may have to open the "download link" option to get to the link)
As I started playing as a rather star struck 8 year old, I'm not sure how relevant these notes may be to anyone, but here they are for the record ( you can check most of them out on Google-:)
John Renbourn, Bert Jansch, John James, Davey Graham, Albert Lee, Arlen Roth, Martin Taylor, Paul Bonnett, Yvonne Thomas, Ralph McTell, Joni Mitchell, Robert Johnson, Martin Simpson, Steve Howe, Joe Pass, Frederick Noad, John Mills, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Martin Carthy, Paul Kossoff, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler.