James Blackshaw

Genres: Folk
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Decades: 2000s
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London-born musician James Blackshaw demonstrated a prodigious talent on the 12-string guitar at a very young age. Though he was only 22 at the time of the release of his debut, CELESTE, critics were already comparing him to acoustic guitar icons like John Fahey and particularly that other noted 12-string master, Robbie Basho. Though Blackshaw’s deft fingerpicking and eerie arrangements shared qualities with the output of Fahey’s Takoma school, he also draws inspiration from English folk music and the classical avant-garde. Subsequent releases such as 2005’s SUNSHRINE and 2008’s LITANY OF ECHOES found the guitarist expanding his stylistic palette and experimenting with drones and electronic instrumentation, and even occasionally abandoning his 12-string in favor of the piano or pump-organ.

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