Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Guitar Maestro Who Is Rarely Bettered

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Guitar Maestro Who Is Rarely Bettered

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On Thursday (27th) the Customs House features the mammoth back catalogues of two major players of the great era of British contemporary folk. Robin Williamson and John Renbourn were driving forces in the Incredible String Band and Pentangle, respectively. Both men have continued to play live and record since the 1960s-70s heyday when they were prime-movers in the period. Glasgow-born Robin is a singer, songwriter, story-teller and multi-instrumentalist ( he is reputed to be able to get a tune from around 40 different instruments ( saw great success with the ISB. The idiosyncratic band, epitomised the spirit of the times and toured the world sharing the bill with the likes of Pink Floyd at numerous major concerts and festivals. Albums like Hangman' Beautiful Daughter, a major seller, only cemented the ISB's reputation. The band fractured in the 1970s but not before one last gig, a London benefit show, with Chick Corea. Williamson lived in California for a while, formed another band and wrote music for films and theatre as well as recording some spoken-word Celtic legends. …

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