5 Reasons To Go See - John Renbourn

This article is from 2008.

5 Reasons To Go See - John Renbourn

1 He’s an axe hero OK, he’s not in the same mould as Slash, but the veteran English guitarist and songwriter delivers an exemplary, dextrous mix of blues, folk, classical and jazz to wow his audience.

2 He’s a Pentangle
Renbourn was one of the original line-up of the famous folk-rock outfit from the 60s and 70s. Alongside Bert Jansch, they formed a blueprint for the genre.

3 He’s about to retire OK, probably not, but he is reaching retirement age and could probably do with the ticket sales to keep him in pipe and slippers.

4 He’s a wandering minstrel
OK, he’s a touring musician, same difference, but he does have a penchant for ye olde madrigals. Indeed his most influential record is 1968’s Sir John A lot, his take on medieval tunes.

5 It’ll be an education In guitar craftsmanship, that’s for sure, and if the gig isn’t enough, Renbourn is running his own summer guitar course for paying punters.

Acoustic Music Centre @ St Bride’s, 346 1405, 19 Aug, 7.15 and 9pm, £15.

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