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American primitive guitar

Based on the fingerstyle acoustic guitar playing of its pioneering father, Chris Parkin traces the genre’s lineage from John Fahey to the modern day

Anyone wishing to avoid the stuck-groove sonic terrorism that is festive pop music should drop the needle on John Fahey’s 1968 album The New Possibility, on which carols and festive folksong are worked into striking American primitive guitar arrangements. Indeed, much of this self-taught, fingerpicked, wintry guitar music – a mix of haunting improv, hillbilly folk and neo-classical composition – is perfect for this time of year.

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