Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Responsible for at least two of the best guitar albums ever - Folk, Blues and Beyond and Folk Roots, New Routes, I was greatly saddened to hear that he died following lung cancer yesterday. I was introduced to him following exposure to first Nick Drake and then John Martyn, both of whom I understand were avid apostles. Together the three of them have served to inform my own playing over the last 20 years, with Davy being by far the most wilful and difficult to get to grips with. I think in part this is simply because he refused to stay within any sort of comfort zone. Fiercely intelligent, I think I would have been too scared to have guitar lessons - not practicing wouldn't have been an option.
I also love the fact that he was so immaculately dressed (not everyone can get away with a sombrero) when all around him were hippies in various states of dishevelment.
In interviews and on record he gave the impression he was always studying one or more exotic branches of string based music ripe for assimilation into his repertoire, but I've posted the very first of his songs I heard.
Listen: Davy Graham - ballad of the sad young men