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Guitarist Winter 2018

Guitarist is the longest established UK guitar magazine. You'll find authoritative gear reviews, artist interviews, technique lessons and advice. Plus, Guitarist's digital edition now includes all of the same audio and video content as the print edition; available to download from a special area of the Guitarist website!

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folk wisdom

Welcome to our second hand-picked compendium of classic interviews and features on acoustic guitar from the annals of Guitarist magazine. This time round, we’ve homed in on four timelessly rich seams of unplugged gold: folk music, acoustic blues and the nylon-string disciplines of classical and flamenco guitar. To kick things off, we invited three of Britain’s best folk guitarists, old and new, to get together in a traditional folk stamping ground (the Half Moon pub in Putney) to talk about the future of the folk guitar movement – and what really matters when it comes to fingerstyle technique, authentic songwriting and how today’s folk guitarists measure up to Jansch, Renbourn and other greats of the 60s scene. Don’t miss that absorbing debate between Ralph McTell, Ben Waters and Jim Moray…

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word play

Originally published Spring 2014 When we see him debut his new songs in the towering space of Exeter Cathedral, it’s not surprising that the audience is packed with everyone from enthusiastic teenagers to veteran folkers who were around for the 60s folk boom. Seth Lakeman crosses boundaries with his music and his choice of recording environments, but he’s doing it on his own terms more than ever with his new album, Word Of Mouth. For an album steeped in organic acoustic dynamics and intriguing stories from the past, it’s surprising that Seth’s new record began life with just a smartphone. “I made sure I had my iPhone with me the whole time,” he recalls of the 18-month period he spent speaking to West Country characters ranging from rural rovers, a docker and…

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signed & sealed

FOR his services to the tenor cause, Seth was honoured with the Martin Seth Lakeman 5-15T Custom Tenor Artist Edition guitar back in 2011. A solid mahogany 12-fret Size 5 model, it was based on Seth’s heavily gigged 1952 vintage model. So, after a few years of hard touring with Seth’s hectic schedule, how is his signature model treating him? “I basically used that Martin the whole time for recording tenor on this record. The two vintage ones I’ve got, I’ve put them away. The thing with the truss rods, they bow a little bit because there’s quite a lot of tension going on there. I’ve stuck to the custom Martin that they very kindly gave me. “It’s beautiful in terms of the way it’s made and there’s nothing too fancy about…

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mic check

LAKEMAN’S latest record was recorded in a church. What are the logistics involved in recording acoustic instruments in that environment? “We spread out six microphones around the church to try and capture the best sound. Ian [Grimble, co-producer, engineer] was amazing at doing that because he comes from the Abbey Road days. The thing about Ian is he’s like a scientist with the way he positions mics and the way he got the sound. Challenges? “There was always birdsong, the same as there was with Barrel House. And then there was a guy on a quad over the road. Things like that – country living!” Does Lakeman have any tips for the rest of us wanting to record acoustic guitar in unusual spaces? “I think it’s important to spread out as many mics as…

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folk hero

Originally published Autumn 2015 It’s a beautiful summer’s day in the Hampshire countryside. The Wickham Festival is in full swing and the crowds are wandering around the site obviously enjoying the atmosphere of peace and calm, miles away from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. There are queues at the cider stall and a great deal of interest in the nearby CD tent, which is selling otherwise hard to find folk and various obscure rarities that seem to thrill and captivate the happy throng. But the main focus is on stage; at 74 years of age, Martin Carthy still knows how to delight an audience with tales of murder, mystery and various acts of derring do. Just a man and his signature Martin guitar, performing the music to which his…

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folk gathering

Originally published Summer 2015 The Half Moon in Putney is an iconic venue, having hosted some of the finest folk musicians for many years. The beautiful old National resonator on the wall donated by one Ralph McTell supports our idea that he is the perfect veteran to join current whizzes Jim Moray and Ben Walker for a chat around the table about the current folk climate, legends passed and the godsend of a decent pickup. With an ale or two to hand, we joined the trio to talk about guitars, players and the future of folk. Ralph McTell, the master songsmith who wrote Streets Of London, was deeply involved in the 60s folk scene in Britain, sharing stages with many other great folk guitarists of his generation including Bert Jansch and John…