Essential: a masterpiece of progressive folk music
Renbourn's last solo album for the next six years overlaps with his Pentangle work, featuring Terry Cox playing hand drums and glockenspiel, with future John Renbourn band member Tony Roberts and violinist Dave Swarbrick.
The Jazz Tinge DVD presents five exciting and challenging jazz compositions that each receive John Renbourn's unique fingerstyle approach. The compositions of Randy Weston, Chico Hamilton and Dollar Brand, plus John's own original instrumentals, are discussed in detail. Titles include: Buffalo, Transfusion, My Dear Boy, Little Niles and Cherry.
Excellent addition to any prog-folk music collection.
A Maid in Bedlam is credited to the John Renbourn Group, not to John Renbourn alone, and that is an important distinction, since this is not another album of Renbourn's acoustic guitar stylings. It really is the work of a group, consisting of Renbourn on guitar and vocals, his Pentangle partner Jacqui McShee on vocals, Tony Roberts on vocals and wind instruments, Sue Draheim on vocals and fiddle, and Keshav Sathe on tabla and finger cymbals.
John Renbourn is a fingerstyle guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is known for his work in the group Pentangle, his solo recordings and his many collaborations with Stefan Grossman, Bert Jansch and Robin Williamson. Renbourn is usually categorized as a folk musician but he also has recorded blues, early classical music and world music. Renbourn devoted this often overlooked 1985 solo album to a set of guitar instrumentals that mixed deep folk roots with contemporary stylings. At their heart is the guitarist's love of mediaeval & renaissance music, captured here in its full glory…
In this lesson, John Renbourn presents a wide variety of fingerstyle arrangements from traditional ballads to country blues, from a Booker T. & the MGs rock instumental to the church hymn Abide With Me. All receive the special touches of John's unique playing, and are explained in detail with the help of split-screen video techniques that allow the student to clearly see and study what each hand is doing.
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive folk music.
John Renbourn turns in an album of guitar instrumentals (with a few other instruments added here and there) in The Nine Maidens.
For some time now I have periodically made transcriptions of early pieces mainly for my own enjoyment. My own interest in early music runs parallel to my interest in Western folk music. It was intriguing to consider the characteristics that are common in both. I discovered that even whole pieces, thought to exist only in manuscript, occasionally cropped up remarkably intact in current folk playing, and instruments long assumed silent were found to be still sounding in remote areas of Europe. I began by taking a medieval dance tune and treating it as I would a jig or reel, or drawing on contrapuntal practice in making arrangements of folk songs. In this video lesson I present five of these arrangements that I hope you will enjoy. John Renbourn. A detailed tab/music instructional booklet is included as a PDF file on the DVD.