El McMeen

Summary

Format: CD

Genre:  Folk/Celtic

Tracks:  17

Playing time:  45 minutes

Availability (out of 3):  2

Related website(s):  http://elmcmeen.com

My rating: 9/10

I like…  The clean, adept, sonorous, evocative playing

I’m less keen on…  Nothing really, though some would prefer the addition of other instruments and/or the inclusion of other genres

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 I first came across El McMeen through guitar tutorial material produced by Stefan Grossman. Many of the tunes on this album are featured on an El McMeen guitar instructional DVD.

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John Renbourn: Live In Italy

Summary

Format: CD

Genre:  Folk/jazz

Tracks: 8

Playing time:  47 minutes

Availability (out of 3): **

Related website(s):  http://www.johnrenbourn.co.uk

My rating: 9/10

I like…  The variety of genres, the evocative and deft guitar playing

I’m less keen on… Nothing really, although ideally I’d have liked the inclusion of some of John’s interaction with the audience

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I first came upon the late John Renbourn’s music through references in guitar tuition material. Not long after, I obtained a vinyl copy of “John Renbourn”.  Years later I added a CD or two to my collection, then, after hearing him live twice with harpist/multi-instrumentalist Robin Williamson, added a few more. I count myself honoured to have had my copy of this album autographed – complete with a pentangle symbol – by John at one of those gigs, where I bought it.

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