Tag Archives: folk

Xavier Rudd

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 […]

John Martyn – fuzz box folk

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.