Some friends / Influences

John Renbourn

8th Aug - 1944 to 26th March - 2015.

RIP my dear friend

Clive Carroll

Now established as one of the best steel string acoustic guitar players in the world, we are all running out of  superlatives to describe Clive's playing.

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 Offord

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.

Lily Neill

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.

Absolutely breathtaking technique, and as I write, one of the most talanted virtuoso working in the UK


Phil Hare

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.

The Wee Bag Band

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.


Dee-Jay Publications

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


 John Pearson

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 Smith

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 Nicholas

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.



Infuences -:

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.