Quartet for One [demo]

This does not get its name because I’m arrogant enough to believe that I’m the only person in the world capable of playing this as a guitar solo. (I can imagine John Renbourn choking on his ambrosia at this moment at the very thought.)

What actually happened is that I was watching ‘Quartet’ on the TV – a dangerous exercise, because it always makes me wish I had a more operatic voice (or even a bearable voice) – and when it finished, I needed a little more music, so I picked up a guitar. I liked the somewhat random thing I found myself playing so much that I wandered back into the office and switched on the recording gear, and was in the zone for at least five minutes.

It will require editing and further polishing (and possibly an overdub or two), but I think it has a lot of potential. I was playing my Baby Taylor in Nashville tuning.

Replacement version: a bit tighter, but it could still be (quite a lot) shorter.

David Harley

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CD Review: John Renbourn and Wizz Jones

The last recording sessions that John Renbourn took part in, in partnership with Wizz Jones: review of the CD Joint Control.

A few months after release, but a special case: John Renbourn’s last recording, a CD with Wizz Jones. Reviewed for folking.com:

JOHN RENBOURN & WIZZ JONES – Joint Control (Riverboat Records TUGCD1095)

Sad, not only because of John’s fairly recent death, but because of its echoes of Bert Jansch and Davy Graham, also lost to us in recent years.

David Harley