New star in the American primitive guitar heavens
Gwenifer Raymond, from Wales, is regarded as the new up-and-coming talent within the latest generation of contemporary British fingerpicking guitarists. Her debut ‘You Never Were Much Of A Dancer’ – released in 2018 on Tompkins Square Records – is full of American primitive guitar tunes that are indebted to the pioneering work of greats like John Fahey or Jack Rose. The album was widely acclaimed for its fresh sound, in which Raymond makes her instrument sound like you are hearing three of it at the same time. The Guardian praised the album with five stars and called her ‘a profound artist’. Uncut added to that: ‘Stunningly confident, in full possession of its art’.
American primitive guitar night
It was American fingerpicking-guitarist and pioneer John Fahey who put the American primitive guitar style on the map in the late 1950s/early 1960s. Fahey: ‘The New Age people call it Folk. The Folk people call it New Age, but it is really neither. It's transitional. The style is derived from the country blues and string band music of the '20s and '30s, however much of the music is contemporary.’ BRDCST dedicates an entire evening to the genre – implicitly honouring John Fahey and Jack Rose – and in doing so allows Gwenifer Raymond (from Wales) and Brecht Ameel (from Brussels) to join generational peers like James Blackshaw, Daniel Bachman and Bill Orcutt.