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Artist: BLACKSHAW, JAMES
Title: Apologia
Format: LP
Label: Bladud Flies!
Country: UK
Price: $22.00
“Apologia is the first solo guitar recording by James Blackshaw, which he self-released in 2003 on CD-R in an edition of 30. Bladud Flies! now presents a limited vinyl edition of 500 copies. "Apologia was written on a cheap Yamaha guitar with a ridiculously high action over the course a couple of months in 2002 and recorded in February 2003, a few months before I picked up a 12-string guitar for the first time and wrote and recorded my first release, Celeste. Id just started fingerpicking and had gotten comfortable enough with some techniques to experiment with open tunings of my own devising and write my own compositions, which were at that time very inspired by the musicians I adored -- John Fahey, Robbie Basho, and lots of old country blues players like Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Blake, and Reverend Gary Davis. I burned about 30 CD-Rs with homemade covers in jewel cases, gave most to friends and family and sold a few in the record shop I used to work in Soho. I felt for some time afterward like I was only just starting to find my own voice with Apologia -- the songs are shorter and more straightforward and the cyclical structures and appreciation of drones and overtones really came to the fore later on, as did my appreciation of adding other instrumentation and experimenting with sounds generally. Plus, I wasnt entirely happy with the sound of the recording (some small EQ changes and reverb was added for this edition) and lets just say the situation in the studio was far from ideal, but thats another story. For that reason, I never chose to reissue Apologia. Now, almost 12 years later, Im hearing them in a different way, realizing the songs charms rather than simply concentrating on the flaws. It doesnt sound quite like anything Ive ever done since and theres a simplicity and raw energy about them that Ive grown to appreciate. Its an interesting snapshot of where I was then and how things have changed. It is an absolute pleasure for me to work with Bladud Flies! to release Apologia as a limited edition LP now -- something I would never have dreamed of back in 2003." --James Blackshaw.

Artist: BLACKSHAW, JAMES
Title: Sunshrine/Celeste
Format: LP
Label: Bo Weavil
Country: UK
Price: $32.00
"Bo Weavil Recordings is proud to release onto vinyl for the first time Englands James Blackshaw. An acoustic folk guitarist who takes his primary cues from the holy trinity of the near mythical -- John Fahey, Robbie Basho and -- along with recent adherents to the weird Americana / new folk sound, Jack Rose. Blackshaws twelve-string guitar resonates to produce unbridled raga-like flurries, bursting with energy, yet harnessed with enough melodic definition to their fluid motions. On Sunshrine (side A) and Celeste (Side B) James does a brilliant job of bringing together his skill on the acoustic guitar with a talent for melding soundscapes and drones into coherent compositions. He uses his 12-string guitar and open tuning to create some wonderful passages of beautiful folk guitar. James Blackshaw plays 12-string & 6-string guitar, sarod, harmonium, Farfisa organ, glockenspiel, bells & bowed cymbals. 180g limited 500 hand-numbered pressing." - Bo Weavil.
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Artist: BLACKSHAW, JAMES
Title: Holly EP
Format: LP
Label: Important
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"British composer-guitarist James Blackshaw returns with this limited edition 12" EP. The two intimate and introspective pieces collected here were written and recorded during the first three months of 2011, during a break after an intense year of touring and the release of his eighth album All Is Falling. In many ways, these songs more closely resemble his earlier work, with swirling, cyclical acoustic 12-string and nylon string guitar (a first for Blackshaw) being the focal point of the compositions. Charlotte Glasson also contributes some beautifully restrained clarinet, saxophone, flute and violin playing to the proceedings. There are echoes of French Impressionist composers Satie, Debussy and Ravel in the song Holly, while Boo, Forever even sees a nod to the Takoma guitarists which first enthused and inspired him to start fingerpicking a decade ago, but - more than anything - the sound is unmistakably Blackshaws own and ranks among some of his finest and most beautiful work yet." - Important.
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Artist: BLACKSHAW, JAMES
Title: O True Believers
Format: CD
Label: Important
Country: USA
Price: $13.50
"When UK native James Blackshaw plays his 12-string, something spiritual takes place. This unassuming 23 year-old is transformed into a guitar god whose name belongs alongside the likes of Jack Rose, Steffen Basho-Junghans, and Glenn Jones. Making instrumental, solo, acoustic music that remains consistently interesting and moving is a difficult task. Yet, time after time, Blackshaw hits out of the park, constantly breaking boundaries in what could be conceived as a somewhat limited medium. O True Believers is the latest in a string of impressive releases, all with their own mood and inspiration." - Important.

Artist: BLACKSHAW, JAMES
Title: Summoning Suns
Format: LP
Label: Important
Country: USA
Price: $24.00
“Summoning Suns is James Blackshaws tenth studio album and the first recording to feature his voice and lyrics. Drawing inspiration from 60s and 70s singer-songwriters, baroque and orchestral pop, and folk music, while still sounding contemporary, Summoning Suns is Blackshaws foray into more traditional forms of songcraft. Blackshaw sings in a gentle but assured voice while his words combine his personal experiences, neuroses, and fantasies through many layers of abstraction, poeticism, and dark humor. While the deft acoustic guitar fingerpicking of Blackshaws previous recordings is still a prominent part of the sound, the songs are lushly and intricately arranged for drums, bass, piano, violin, flute, and pedal steel guitar and feature contributions from Simon Scott (Slowdive), Annie Nilsson, and Japanese musicians Mori Wa Ikiteiru and Kaoru Noda (with whom Blackshaw duets in Japanese on one song). LP pressed in a first edition of 500 copies.” - Important.

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