Though still not very well-known in the U.S., English guitarist Davey Graham (1940–2008; his first name is sometimes spelled “Davy” on some of his records) was one of the most influential players to come out of the great British folk revival of the ’60s and early ’70s. He is probably most famous for penning the early ’60s fingerstyle classic “Anji”(subject of and an appreciation and analysis in a 2016 AG article), for helping popularize DADGAD tuning, and for helping shape the styles of such master guitarists as John Renbourn, Martin Carthy, Bert Jansch, and Jimmy Page.


In this video from 1963, Graham plays his striking instrumental arrangement of the ageless folk tune “She Moved Through the Fair.” If you’d like to hear more from Graham (and I know you will after you watch this!), an anthology worth checking out is Folk, Blues & Beyond.  Blair Jackson

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