John Renbourn

Genres: Folk
Tags: folk acoustic guitar british folk singer-songwriter Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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8 August 1944, Marylebone, London, England. Renbourn received his first guitar at the age of 13, insisting on the present because he wished to emulate the singing cowboys he had seen in American movies. After a brief dalliance with classical music he turned his attention to folk. Having flirted with various part-time electric bands (including the blues-inclined Hogsnort Rupert And His Famous Porkestra), Renbourn began his folk-singing career on London’s club circuit. Startling guitar work compensated for his less assured vocals and he quickly established a reputation as a leading traditionalist, whose interpretations of classic country blues and Elizabethan material provided a remarkable contrast to the freer styles of Davey Graham and Bert Jansch. Friendship with the latter resulted in Renbourn’s debut album, but it was on the following collection, Another Monday, that the artist’s talent truly flourished. The two guitarists were the inspiration...

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