Live: James Blackshaw @ UAlbany’s Fake Coffeehouse, 11/10/10

November 11th, 2010, 4:01 pm by Greg
James Blackshaw

James Blackshaw

No question about, James Blackshaw is a monster guitarist.

The young British axman sat on stage at the Fake Coffeehouse (aka, the old Campus Center Rathskellar – which is next to a Wendy’s now!) on Wednesday afternoon armed only with his 12-string Guild, and proceded to fire up four extended instrumentals over the course of his 40-minute performance. His fingerpicking was so impressive and intricate that at times it sounded like two or three guitars at once. Or a guitar and a mandolin. Or more…

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CD: James Blackshaw’s “All Is Falling”

November 10th, 2010, 11:01 am by Greg

All Is Falling(Young God Records, 2010):

The young British 12-string guitar wizard James Blackshaw has released quite an impressive handful of brilliant acoustic albums in the past couple of years. And he’s earned plenty of critical raves that have compared his playing to that of such acclaimed guitar innovators as John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Jack Rose and Robbie Basho.

With this album, he takes a bold leap into a different musical territory altogether. Firstly, it’s his first foray into the realm of electric 12-string guitar. Secondly, he also plays quite a bit of piano. Thirdly, he’s joined by a handful of other musicians including violinists Charlotte Glasson and Fran Bury, as well as cellist Daniel Madav.

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