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Joan Armatrading's Favourite Guitarists
Monday 27 to Friday 31 July 2009
Legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist Joan Armatrading invites leading guitarists to join her and discuss their music.
Over a conversation with her guests, guitar at the ready to illustrate their approach and techniques, listeners hear from some of the greatest guitarists of all time.
From The Radio Times
No matter whether it is rock, blues, classical, folk or experimental, the guitar can make you gently weep. In conversation with five high priests of the art of the guitar, Joan Armatrading simultaneously draws out of them some of the sweetest, most magically mesmerising sounds and gets them to reveal the techniques by which they make them. Whether it is fingerpicking with Mark Knopfler, bluesy bottleneck with Bonnie Raitt, or dazzling arpeggios from John Williams, both instrument and player are devastatingly eloquent. Joan chats easily with her fellow stars, who are evidently relaxed with her. Knopfler recalls his first bottleneck stop that his dad knocked up for him in the garden shed, while Raitt remembers that she made hers, at the tender age of 14, out of an old medicine bottle from her family's bathroom cabinet. I'm not a guitarist but these five little conversations made me wish I was.
-- Frances Lass
1/5 Mark Knopfler
Joan talks to Mark Knopfler, celebrated lead guitarist of Dire Straits, who is considered the most respected intricate fingerstyle guitarist of the modern rock era. He found his "guitar voice" in his mid twenties and formed Dire Straits in the late Seventies. He brings his old Gibson and National steel guitar to the studio.
2/5 - Bonnie Raitt
Joan talks to American blues singer and songwriter Bonnie Raitt. In a field dominated by men, Raitt has made her way in the brotherhood of guitar since her eponymous debut album unveiled her soulful slide playing and singing back in 1971. Joan hears how the young Bonnie dropped out of Harvard and hung out with the greatest bluesmen, learning slide guitar and techniques that have sustained her long and varied career. Using the blues as a launching pad, Raitt fearlessly explored folk, R&B, Americana and world music styles.
3/5 - John Williams
Joan meets classical guitarist John Williams. Regarded as the one of the finest classical guitarists of his generation, Williams has explored many different musical traditions including Spanish and jazz guitar. He plays Joan different music across from the centuries to illustrate the differences between classical and other forms of guitar music.
4/5 - Russell Lissack
Joan meets Russell Lissack, lead guitarist of indie-rock band Bloc Party and her youngest guitar favourite. Lissack is one of the most influential and emulated guitarists of recent times. Using his ever-expanding array of electronic effects, Russell is able to make his guitar sound like nothing else on earth. Be it spiky power chords, immersive walls of sound or the whoosh of an aeroplane taking off, he shows how far modern technology has influenced guitar playing in the wake of the psychedelic experiments of the 1960s.
5/5 - Bert Jansch
Joan meets Bert Jansch, widely acknowledged as one of the most influential musicians of all time. Since the mid-1960s, every generation has been held spellbound by his extraordinary fingerpicking and stringbending techniques and classic emotive songs. He continues to be revered as the master guitarist of folk music.
A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.
Presenter/Joan Armatrading, Producer/Susan Marling
Type : mpeg 1 layer III
Bitrate : 160
Mode : stereo
Frequency : 44100 Hz
Length : 01:09:14
Encoder : Lame 3.97
Source : iPlayer
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