Guitar Legend John Renbourn In Concert Nr Glasgow 10/9/10Hi Folks
Hope you have all had a great summer!!
I am very happy to announce that Folk and Guitar Legend John Renbourn as decided to come of retirement to play a concert at The Milngavie Folk Club, The Fraser Centre, Douglas St, Milngavie, G62 6PE on Friday 10th September 2010.
A Rare Chance to see this living legend weave his magic solo show one More time!!
Support: Phil Campbell and Paul Malcolm
This is part of The Milngavie Books And Arts Festival 2010
Tickets Available: Milngavie Bookshop, Douglas St or
Art Forum, Station Rd (Both Milngavie)
For Reservations 'Phone 07743885991
(Answer 'Phone Service Only)
Best Wishes As Always
Jason M. Smith
John Renbourn Biography
John Renbourn was born on the August 8, 1944 in Marylebone, London, England is a British guitarist and songwriter. He is possibly best-known for his collaboration with guitarist Bert Jansch as well as his work with the folk group Pentangle, although he maintained a solo career both before, during and after that band’s existence (1967-1973).
While most commonly labelled a folk musician, Renbourn’s musical tastes and interests take in early music, classical music, blues and world music. His most influential album, Sir John Alot (1968), featured his take on songs from the Medieval era.
John Renbourn studied classical guitar at school and it was during this period that he was introduced to Early Music. In the 1950s, along with many others, he was greatly influenced by the musical craze of “Skiffle” and this eventually led him to explore the work of artists such as Leadbelly, Josh White and Big Bill Broonzy.
In the 1960s the new craze in popular music was Rhythm and Blues, also the impact of Davey Graham was being felt. In 1961 Renbourn toured the South West with Mac MacLeod and repeated the tour in 1963. Renbourn briefly played in an R’n’B band while studying at the Kingston College of Art in London. Although the British ‘Folk Revival’ was underway at this time, most folk clubs were biased towards traditional, unaccompanied folk songs and guitar players were not always welcome. However the Roundhouse in London had a more tolerant attitude and here, John Renbourn joined Blues and Gospel singer Dorris Henderson, playing backing guitar and recording two albums with her.
Possibly the best known London venue for contemporary folk music in the early 1960s was “Les Cousins” in Greek Street, Soho, which became the main meeting place for guitar players and contemporary singer-songwriters from Britain and America. Around 1963, Renbourn teamed up with guitarist Bert Jansch who was visiting London from Edinburgh and together they developed an intricate duet style that became known as “folk baroque”. Their album “Bert and John” is a fine example of their playing.
At around this time, Renbourn also started playing with Jacqui McShee who sang traditional British folk songs. Together with Bert Jansch, bassist Danny Thompson and drummer Terry Cox, they went on to form Pentangle. The group became very successful, touring America in 1968, playing at the Carnegie Hall and at the Newport Folk Festival.
Renbourn went on to record more solo albums in the Seventies and Eighties. Much of the music is based on traditional material with a Celtic influence, interwoven with other styles. He also collaborated with American guitarist Stefan Grossman in the late 1970s recording two albums with him, which at times hark back to the folk baroque days with Bert Jansch.
In 2005 he toured Japan (his fifth tour of that country) with Tokio Uchida and Woody Mann. In 2006 he played at number of venues in England, including appearances with Robin Williamson and with Jacqui McShee. He is working on a new solo album and collaborating with Clive Carroll on the score for a film