Friday, 26 August 2016

Michael Chapman goes gold at 75

At 75-years-old, Michael Chapman is hitting the road and releasing a new album to mark his 50th year of touring.

Chapman: a fully qualified survivor
The godfather of alternative guitar returns with an all instrumental album, Homages, in tribute to his influences and contemporaries. Summoning the spirits of some of the greatest guitarists of all time, Chapman proves again that he stands among them.

Michael Chapman is a significant and important link in the lineage of British guitar players and acoustic guitar music worldwide. His roots lie in jazz and a love of American music, but as a contemporary of Ralph McTell, Nick Drake, Davy Graham, John Martyn, & Roy Harper he often ends up in the folk camp as a defacto category since when he began playing there was no-where else acoustic guitar players could play except folk clubs.

Born in Hunslet, Leeds, in January 1941, on leaving school he studied photography at Leeds College of Art. To pay for his way through college he played guitar in jazz groups all over the north of England. 

He says: "I had an art college education and on a rainy night in 1966 I went into a pub in Cornwall, but I couldn't afford to pay to go in. So I said, I'll tell you what, I don't want to stay outside in the rain, I'll play guitar for half an hour for you. They offered me a job for the rest of the summer and I've been at it ever since."

Chapman released his four seminal albums between 1969 and 1972: Rainmaker, Fully Qualified Survivor, Window & Wrecked Again. They have all become classic and much sought after recordings.

Michael will also be performing at 2 very significant venues this year. In September Chapman will be appearing at - The Topic in Bradford, which he thinks was probably the first folk club he ever went into. In October 2016, at the invitation of Ian Anderson, (editor of fRoots magazine), Michael will play at St George's, Bristol, as part of the 50th anniversary of the Bristol Troubadour alongside Ralph McTell, Wiz Jones, Al Stewart, Steve Tilston, Keith Christmas, Shelagh McDonald and various members of the Pigsty Hill Light Orchestra. 


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