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Martin Guitars Working On John Renbourn Signature Model

This is not my own scoop, but a re-blogging of a recent article by Marshall Newman. It’s interesting, considering that Renbourn has never been known to play a Martin… but then again, as my friend Steve commented, “Linda Ronstadt has a signature model Martin, and she’s never even played guitar!” In any event, sounds like it’s going to be a fine instrument!  Martin doesn’t seem to have made a formal announcement yet, but Newman’s article let’s us know what’s in store:

John Renbourn’s musical influences range from folk, blues and jazz to early music and classical, and all – separately and in combination – have found a place in t he rich musical landscape he has created during his long career. One of the world’s most brilliant fingerstyle guitarists, Renbourn has dazzled, confounded and inspired, whether solo, paired with Bert Jansch or Stefan Grossman or as a member of Pentangle, and he continues to create music of uncommon beauty and depth.

Over the years, John Renbourn’s acoustic guitar preference has evolved; beginning with a round-hole archtop, he moved to round and square-shouldered dreadnoughts, and eventually settled on orchestra models from both American and European builders. So joining forces with C.F. Martin & Co. – which originated the orchestra model in 1929 – to create the Martin OM John Renbourn Custom Signature Edition is the natural culmination of a lifelong quest.

“I am over the moon about this guitar,” Renbourn commented. “The goal is to combine the best of American and European lutherie; a guitar that has design features that recall the European influence on early Martins, but with all the innovative qualities that Martin has developed since. My own priority is simple – I am after the very best tonal quality and balance.” On both objectives, the Martin OM John Renbourn Custom Signature Edition succeeds spectacularly. Continue reading

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David Leicht & Raymond Morin Announce “Petrifidelity”

The fingerstyle guitar team of David Leicht and Raymond Morin are happy to announce Petrifidelity, a new CD and tablature book of original acoustic guitar duets.  It was ably recorded by David Bernabo at Woolslayer Travelling Studios, and mastered by Harris Newman, whose lengthy resume includes Tompkins Square’s essential Imagination Anthem series. This collection is limited to 100 hand-assembled, hand-numbered copies, and is available exclusively from Work & Worry and at performances.  To hear a sound sample and find out more about the book and CD, follow this link to the Petrifidelity page.

Leicht and Morin will be touring, both individually and as a duo, throughout the summer and fall to promote the book.  Please check the sidebar on this website for upcoming live dates.

Yair Yona Signs To Strange Attractors!

Work & Worry would like to congratulate both artist and label on this match made in heaven… Israeli guitarist, blogger, and all around musical champion Yair Yona has signed to the great Strange Attractors Audio House label, who will release his excellent album Remember on LP, CD and MP3 this August!

Check out our recent interview with Yair Yona here.

Work & Worry Presents! March 13 @ The Boston Center For The Arts

Work & Worry, in partnership with The Boston Center for the Arts, will be presenting the next installment of the venerable “Overheard/Underground” series, on March 13, 2010. The lineup is a great one, featuring the electric guitar soundscapes of David Daniell & Douglas McCombs (whose fantastic LP Sycamore came out last year on Thrill Jockey), 6 and 12-string master and American Primitive scholar Glenn Jones, and the twin acoustic attack of my duo, Pairdown.

The doors will open @ 7PM, and music starts at 7:30. Performances will take place in the Mills Gallery at the BCA, 539 Tremont St in the Boston South End. The gallery only seats 65, so get there early!

Strange Attractors Announces Release Date For “The Things We Used To Do” DVD

Strange Attractors Audio House has set a release date for The Things We Used To Do, a DVD of performances by Glenn Jones and the late Jack Rose. Here is the news item, from their website :

“Coming March 23, 2010 will be the long-awaited release of The Things That We Used to Do, a very special, intimate performance DVD of Jack Rose and Glenn Jones, each artist playing solo and together. The footage was shot expressly for this project in a loft in Brooklyn, NY. The takes are live, but the performances are not in front of an audience, but rather in front of the camera. The result is both a mini-documentary and a total celebration of two artists, collaborators, best of friends whose art serves to illuminate the breadth of solo guitar, from its roots to where it is today, and how the tradition is being carried forward on into the future. Includes a 30-minute interview of each player together by Byron Coley, and bonus live footage shot in concert in Philadelphia, March 2009. A one of a kind, remarkable document of the two leading lights of solo acoustic steel string guitar in their prime.”

File this one under VERY highly anticipated!

C Joynes “Revenants, Prodigies And The Restless Dead”

New on Immune Recordings, the latest from English guitarist C Joynes… Joynes calls his style “Anglo-Naive and Contemporary Parlour Guitar”, and it’s a clever (yet fitting) description! The album features a wide range of melodic approaches, with influences ranging from minimalism to British folk, from country blues to Indian classical music and more.

Check out this piece about Joynes on Dusted, and buy the limited edition LP from Immune Recordings or the CD from Bo’Weavil.