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Davy Graham

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Hinckley (1940 – 2008)

Davy Graham (born David Michael Gordon Graham, sometimes called Davey, on 26 November 1940 in Hinckley, Leicestershire; died 15 December 2008) was a widely-influential British acoustic guitarist most famous for his instrumental Anji (also spelt Angi or Angie), mastery of which, for a period in the 1960s, was the prerequisite of joining many British folk clubs. Graham was also cited as an influence by guitarists such as Bert Jansch, Paul Simon and Jimmy Page, and was a major force behind the British revolution of the 1960s. Graham’s own style is impossible to neatly categorise, ranging from to to to and beyond - Graham notably changed styles as the mood and music required.

Graham first heard the guitar at the age of 12, when a family friend played him a song on his instrument. As legend would have it, the friend went out for a while, and Graham, who had never picked up a guitar in his life, stayed at home “to play on the guitar”. To the amazement of the friend, when he returned Graham could play the song he had performed earlier exactly. Buying his first guitar at age 16, Graham exhibited unnatural talent in playing the instrument and in picking up tunes - a skill he attributes to his being blind in one eye.

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  • CDPETE01

    Just read "Guitar Man" by Will Hodgkinson, basically about the author agreeing to learn guitar and play a gig within 6 months,chats with Davy and Bert Jansch amongst others,several of whom have since passed,a very good book.

    11 Sep 2013 Reply
  • firefly2811

    so under rated.

    4 Jul 2013 Reply
  • ariehdivision

    so underrated, fucking legend

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • hundredsixtysix

    Folk genius [3]

    2 Jan 2013 Reply
  • saddam_who_sane

    Folk genius [2]

    25 Aug 2012 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    saw Davy in concert literally months before he passed away,was sad to hear that after only seeing him a few months before.

    31 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Sheva0013

    то что давненько искал) дядя супер!!! кому не по душе придется - прошу в рупор не писать!!!

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • Sheva0013

    yeeeee......

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • DanielAdams00

    playing with soul

    1 May 2012 Reply
  • green_arrow

    fucking dude

    22 Feb 2012 Reply
  • blebbio

    great voice and guitar playing

    9 Oct 2011 Reply
  • benadlard

    Folk genius

    29 Jun 2011 Reply
  • dershtinktier

    what an amazing musician

    1 Jun 2011 Reply
  • scupperjunior

    love you, Davy

    20 May 2011 Reply
  • nocturana

    :)

    8 May 2011 Reply
  • n0r182

    Wow I thought Santamaria's Watermelon Man was a masterpiece, but this guy plays it on his guitar _O_

    7 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Skiye

    masterful.

    23 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Codyke

    My favourite albums are Folk, Blues & Beyond and Midnight Man. Great artist.

    29 May 2010 Reply
  • Fresh_Garbage

    There is no one like Davy.

    19 May 2010 Reply
  • OnlyTom

    I will never get tired of Davy, what a man! Did anyone hear a great radio programme about him just after he'd died? It had interviews with all his contemporaries and was really good, I remember being able to stream it from somewhere but can't find it now.

    11 Nov 2009 Reply
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