Australian surfer, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist! Many of Rudd’s songs incorporate socially conscious themes, such as environmentalism and the rights of the Aboriginal peoples. In addition to playing the yidaki (Didgeridoo) in many of his songs, he has also included both Australian and Canadian Aboriginal vocals in some of his songs. I own a couple […]
On Sunday evening while surfing my favorite website I found a 2:00 minutes jewel; a really cool, inspiring and beautiful video from “pickingpete” Youtube user playing his Washburn Resonator guitar – I was really impressed by the sound of this guitar. Washburn has always been around me, many guitarists I have played with, specially the […]
“…turn the guitar up Mike please….” Awhile back I took a look at the open D tuning and I’d like to revisit it once more but with a focus upon the idiosyncratic style of seminal folk maestro, icon and messenger Richie Havens; the great and the good – Richie Havens If there was ever a […]
His first album London Conversation remained more strictly folk oriented in terms of genre but what made Martyn particularly unique was his guitar set up whereby he ran his acoustic guitar through a fuzzbox, a phase-shifter, and an Echoplex which he used to produce more progressive rock styled guitar motifs within the broader contexts of the folk-jazz idiom. This approach begins to be heard on his second album Solid Air is reinforced on Storm Bringer and also on his more atmospheric, reggae infused One World album.
Today we`re going to have a look at English guitarist and musician John Martyn – an electrifying guitarist and singer whose music blurred the boundaries between folk, jazz, rock and blues:
It`s definitely worth illuminating Martyn’s individual approach to his effects and equipment as a key factor in defining a highly individual sound and approach within folk music.