Monday, 21 March 2011

William Tyler & Michael Chapman at The Poly, April 3rd

A double bill of guitarists from the Grammy nominated label Tompkins Square!

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Behold this joint tour by these two unparalleled guitar voyagers, separated in age by some decades but united by their respective new and jaw-dropping releases on the esteemed Grammy-nominated Tompkins Square label. Tickets are for unallocated seats at £7, available from March 18th from The Poly, Falmouth - 01326 319461

William Tyler is well-known for his work as part of Lambchop and Silver Jews and has just released the album 'Behold The Spirit'. His recent tour dates supporting Yo La Tengo caused a whole heap of excitement in the US, and he's now he's coming to spread the magic over here.

Reactions to the album have been widely euphoric, Pitchfork talking of "the grace and elocution of Behold the Spirit, the debut from young Nashville guitarist William Tyler. Arguably the most vital, energized album by an American solo guitarist in a decade or more, it accepts Fahey's legacy while escaping its shadow. Moreover, it's simply a joy to hear."

Michael Chapman began his career on the Cornish folk circuit in 1967. He signed to the Harvest label, home to Pink Floyd, Deep Purple and many others, recording four quasi-legendary albums. He was championed by John Peel in the 70s (who called the recently re-issued album ‘Fully Qualified Survivor’ his favourite of 1970) and the urge to tell the world about his music fell upon Jack Rose and No Neck Blues Band in the 00s. He has the double cd and booklet package 'Trainsong: Guitar Compositions 1967-2010' out on Tompkins Square in February, and Light In The Attic re-issue his classic 'Fully Qualified Survivor' in the same month.

He's already been rediscovered wholesale in the US courtesy of his Jack Rose and No Neck Blues Band connections, topped off by his extensive interview by fan Thurston Moore in Fretboard Journal in 2009, where Moore compared Chapman's style and influence with that of John Renbourn and Bert Jansch. Now the UK and Europe are catching up with this sudden explosion of excitement about him, and quite right too.

As Spencer Grady notes on the BBC Music site, "Just as John Fahey and Robbie Basho were belatedly sainted by a slew of avant-garde musicians eager to enrich their experimental fields with old primitive tradition, so the same enclave have reached out to embrace Yorkshire-born minstrel Michael Chapman."

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