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Old 03-30-2008, 02:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Talking Anyone hear of John Fahey?

I recently discovered John Fahey. Hes primative/folk/acoustic blues mostly. Hes one of the pioneers of acoustic and hes really talented. Just not many people have heard of him. By the way he grew up in my town.

Heres a link to one of my favorite songs by him. It's called Dance of the Inhabitants of the Palace of King Phillip XIV of Spain (wow what a mouthfull). He does a bunch of improv in the song, so if you just want the "studio" version skip to about 4:30

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Old 04-01-2008, 08:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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aye, John Fahey is amazing. I love Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death.

he was such a talented guitarist.
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Old 04-15-2008, 12:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Fahey was awesome!Days Have Gone By is a must hear.The Yellow Princess too.
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Old 01-22-2009, 02:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My absolute favourite! 'Fare Forward Voyagers' and 'Days Have Gone By' are particularly stunning.
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Old 02-04-2009, 01:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I love the album "The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death"

he is so good at what he does.
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Old 04-05-2009, 04:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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John Fahey is amazing, I like his songs like In Christ There Is No East or West and Steamboat Gwine Round Da Bend. He is a pioneer in the fact that
he learned all he could of the Blues guitarist before him and and while he pays homage to them he made his own style out of that. He single handedly created America Primative Guitar. Strangley enough I read somewhere that he's credited for first to play New Age music, because he mixed different genres together.

I discovered JF through Leo Kottke, who is another amazing guitarist, in a way he is a John Fahey clone. Leo Kottke is the master of quirky fingerpicking on unconventional drop tuning.

John Fahey was a collector of Blues records but I don't who his influences were. The Country Blues guitarist he reminds me of most is Elizabeth Cotten, but I don't know if John Fahey considered her one of his influences. Elizabeth Cotten started off playing banjo and and in a way she approaches the guitar like it's a banjo, plus being left handed she plays it plays it upside down.
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Old 09-23-2009, 10:32 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I discovered JF through Leo Kottke, who is another amazing guitarist, in a way he is a John Fahey clone. Leo Kottke is the master of quirky fingerpicking on unconventional drop tuning.
Just discovered Leo Kottke recently. He is amazing. I love The Fisherman and Watermelon.

As for John fahey, I love Dance of Death.
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Old 10-07-2009, 12:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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agreed, Dance of Death is superb
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So incredibly versatile and emotive. Easily one of my favorite guitarists.

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