Guitar Heroes and Other Influences, 1991-2020

In 1991 I left Nova Scotia and was in Boston again, becoming a librarian. Between 1992 and 2005, in Lexington VA, I bought a lot CDs. See Turkish and Greek; lots of Scandinavian; lots of British Isles; lots of baroque and earlier.


Many more could be added to this gallery of discoveries of the last 20 years:

Mike Marshall Gator Strut

Mike Seeger lived just up Brushy Hill from us, and I eventually became sort of a friend (thanks to his wife Alexia). Hard to be casual with somebody whom one has idolized forEVER, but he was graciousness itself. Here's one of the hundred-odd most favorite of his tunes: Whoopin Up Cattle

Scandinavian neo-Pagan Folk
Hedningarna and Garmarna

Vlatko Stefanovski and Miroslav Tadic

Renaud Garcia-Fons

Trio Medieval (continuing my fascination with Scandinavian and vocal musics)

David Lindley

Richard Thompson
Vincent Black Lightning

Christy Moore

Ale Carr

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

and here's Daniel Heikalo, playing the cittern I built and gave to him:

Our 5 CDs of improv duets were recorded in Nova Scotia during those Lexington years.


Since retirement to Maine in 2005, I've accumulated vast holdings of MP3s, but continued to buy CDs as irresistable material came to my attention

Jonas Hellborg

Tim Minchin

Amanda Palmer

Warren Zevon

Yamandu Costa

Molly Tuttle

Radie Peat and Lankum

A trip to Turkey in 2013 (a week-long workshop in Turkish cooking and food photography) was a fitting climax to my long-time fascination with Turkish music


radio: WFMU and particularly Secret Museum of the Air with Citizen Kafka and Pat Conte (archives 2000-2002)


Fahey: I've been reading Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist, horrified at what a dumpster fire his life was. Further: The Saga of John Fahey: In Search of Blind Joe Death (...earnestness needed a bit of sending up...)


some covers and other documents:

Kinky Friedman
My Shit's Fucked Up

Fauxgrass Clinch Mountain

Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau - Scarlet Town

Wildwood Flower

Paco de Lucia, John McLaughlin, Larry Coryell

Billy Strings channels Doc Watson:

Hazmat Modine

Hiromi Uehara






Gangnam Style



Andrews Sisters

My Corona

Pandemic times (1918) (turn on CC in YouTube Options for translation)


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