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Subject: Davey Graham R.I.P.
From: Vic Smith
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 06:08 PM

Mike Cooper reports Davey's death on the fRoots forum at -
http://froots.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=4026


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Subject: RE: Davey Graham R.I.P.
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 06:09 PM

very sad.


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Subject: RE: Davey Graham R.I.P.
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 06:12 PM

I am shocked. He didn't look that ill last year. Is the cause known? I was not personally much attracted by his playing (I admired it, but it did not much "speak to me"), but he was undoubtedly a huge influence and a guru to many.


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Subject: RE: Davey Graham R.I.P.
From: Vic Smith
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 06:14 PM

There's more on the Charlie Gillett forum at
http://www.charliegillett.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=9455


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Subject: RE: Davey Graham R.I.P.
From: Leadfingers
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 06:15 PM

With the way D G abused his body with ALL sorts of substances , its remarkable that he has lasted this long ! A Sad day all the same , he was a RARE talent !


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Subject: RE: Davey Graham R.I.P.
From: The Sandman
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 06:18 PM

he has left us with a great legacy,a very skilled and influential guitarist.
he was the pioneer of Dadgad,and open tunings.
I feel very sad .


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Subject: RE: Davey Graham R.I.P.
From: number 6
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 06:20 PM

sad ... very sad.

biLL


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Subject: RE: Davey Graham R.I.P.
From: Vic Smith
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 06:27 PM

Wikipaedia biography at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davey_Graham


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Subject: RE: Davey Graham R.I.P.
From: GUEST,Jonny Sunshine
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 06:56 PM

A sad day. RIP Davey, your legacy lives on.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: greg stephens
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 07:12 PM

The old EP 34AD with Alexis Korner a treasured posession from the early days. And we all learned to play Anji. What can you say? A man who helped to name what we all do.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: GUEST,Phil B
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 07:12 PM

Just finished the last of three gigs with Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat at the Komedia in Brighton. Wonderful blokes and great time had by all. Saw them off to their 5 am flight. Got back to the hotel to the news of the death of Davey Graham. His album 'Folk Blues and beyond' is the reason I became a musician. I'm very sad to hear this news. Just raised a glass with the hotel porter who of course has no idea what I'm on about. R.I.P. Davey.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 07:34 PM

When I was 16 my then boyfriend, who was a guitarist, lent me his Folk Blues and Beyond... I didn't actually see Davey live until he was booked at Ealing folk and blues club in the 90s. Very sorry to hear of his passing.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: M.Ted
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 10:17 PM

He had a profound influence on a whole generation of guitarists, many of whom had no idea who he was. Come to think of it, several generations of guitarists. May his name live forever.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: Tyke
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 10:19 PM

Sad News Davy Graham


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 02:52 AM

Very sad - one of the originals.
R.I.P.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: Will Fly
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 03:56 AM

I've just read this and I'm in tears. He was a huge influence on many of us and, like many and another, "Folk Roots New Routes" and "Folk Blues and Beyond" were albums that changed the way I looked at the guitar. I had the good fortune to jam on several occasions with DG at the Cousins allniters and he was invariably kind and courteous and not at all condescending to a younger and more inexperienced player. All I can do is raise a glass and say "thank you."


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: GUEST, Sminky
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 04:40 AM

From an email via Duck Baker:

Sorry to report that Davey Graham left the stage today. Some of you know that he was diagnosed with lung cancer a couple of weeks ago, having waited far too long before seeing a doctor about his chronic cough. They gave him four radiology treatments last week and had him scheduled for another Friday but he got tired of it all and checked himself out of the hospital. Today he apparently had some episode where he got so congested he couldn't breathe and then couldn't be resuscitated when the medical people got to him.

A maverick to the end.

His influence was immeasurable. A hero of mine and of my heroes. Anji was a tidal wave that went round the world. Unforgettable. RIP.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: Mad Spaniel
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 04:57 AM

Incredibly sad news. Many of us play because of Davey's influence.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 05:20 AM

Thankfully, I saw Davey lots of times including Les Cousins in the 60s. I also had some nice chats with him. A great player and a massive influence.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: GUEST,Eric The viking. (On public pc)
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 05:30 AM

That is sad news. His influence is a legacy that last on for a very long time. Saw him in London many times when I was a younster. Watching and listening gave me hope that one day I might be a better guitarist. (hasn't worked though)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: fat B****rd
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 05:51 AM

So sad. My old mate Dick Appleton (Cleethorpes) played Davey's LPs to me in the 60s and I now have several on CD. Whenever I put a compilation MP3 together "Better Git Hit In Your Soul" is always included. RIP Davey.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: theleveller
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 06:13 AM

Terribly sad news. He was a huge catalyst in the transition between traditional folk music and a contemporary interpretation. His influence on the music we enjoy today simply cannot be underestimated.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: David C. Carter
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 06:22 AM

Used to see him at the Cousins allniters.

Very sad news.R.I.P.

David


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: GUEST,KP
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 06:28 AM

'His album 'Folk Blues and beyond' is the reason I became a musician.' - Phil B.

And Phil, hearing your playing was the start of my life long interest and love of folk/roots music, which I think I've passed on to my oldest daughter (flute, piano and Fairport fan), son (studying music production, loves Radiohead but with a sneaking regard for Martin Simpson) and youngest daughter (loves to sing 'Dark Island').

RIP Davey, but your influence will endure...

KP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: GUEST,arran
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 07:03 AM

well the people that went to his concert and then said that he was rubbish, I wonder what they are thinking now


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: Chris Green
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 07:06 AM

Amen to that. I don't think there are many guitarists on the folk scene who don't owe him a massive debt. After all these years, 'Folk Blues and Beyond' is still one of the freshest albums I've ever heard. Here's to you, Mr Graham!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: Musket
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 07:17 AM

Whenever I saw Bert Jansch play Angie, he introduced it saying Davey Graham is still alive and kicking, the world's premier living guitarist.

Sad that this is no longer the case.

I am not really a good enough guitarist to say he was an influence on my playing, but he was one hell of an influence on my listening..

RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: Bryn Pugh
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 08:38 AM

What to say, what to think. I had 'Folk, Blues and Beyond' on vinyl, ditto 'Folk Roots, New Routes'. I have both on CD.

The world is a darker, gloomier place, today.

At risk of thread drift, I realised at age 29 (and I'm well over 60, today), I had come as far as I was going, on the guitar. But, as Greg said, above, "we all learned to play 'Anji'".

May you find the peace that might have eluded you this time round, Davy - thanks for the memories and the music.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 09:10 AM

Like everyone else,I have those 2 seminal albums. Sad news.

RtS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: Folknacious
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 09:16 AM

So sad. I shall play Folk, Blues And Beyond this evening. And if anybody dares to come into this thread and suggest that Davy wasn't 'folk' I'll, I'll . . . I'll send Martin Carthy round to strangle them with a set of DADGAD tuned strings . . .


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: GUEST, Sminky
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 09:26 AM

There's a notice in The Guardian.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: JohnB
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 10:05 AM

Lived a life fuller than most, with a legacy to match it.
So sad but so great, JohnB


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: GUEST,Gavin Atkin
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 11:21 AM

Too young to have seen him playing in his prime, for more than three decades I've treasured a vinyl collection and nurtured a dream that my earliest guitar hero Davey Graham would some day come back better than ever. He was magnificent, and a great loss.

Must get a fez...

Gav


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: GUEST,Tom Bliss
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 02:12 PM

Ian Anderson has suggested a special posthumous award in the Radio Two Folk Awards - which, when you think about it, has just got to happen.

Go here to support the idea. (That forum is run be the awards producton company Smooth Operations - you'll have to log in).

(I'm sure smooth ops would love to do this just as much as we would, so positive endorsements only please).

Tom


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: Zen
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 04:59 PM

I am very sorry to hear this. He was a massive influence for many, including me.

R.I.P. Davey


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: Folknacious
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 05:06 PM

The Froots thread linked in Vic Smiths first posting in this one has been growing all day, look especially for a piece from Dick Gaughan reposted there.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: RolyH
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 05:38 PM

Very sad news. R.I.P.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: Jim I
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 06:23 PM

Late night coffee bar in Edinburgh, late 1960's, Edinburgh Festival time. Me with my three chords struggling with trying to learn how to fingerpick. Mysterious stranger in corner finishes coffee and walks over with beermat."Here" he says, "try this" before disappearing into the night.

'This' was a note scribbled on beermat, a half dozen lines demonstrating 2 clawhammer styles. A friend, open-mouthed, said "That was Davey Graham!"

I've never looked back and always been immensely grateful.

So, Thanks Davey; I for one will never forget.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: TheSnail
Date: 16 Dec 08 - 08:55 PM

He was the guest the first time I ever went to a folk club, run by Vic Smith and friends at the Lewes Arms around 1970. An unforgettable experience.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: Folk Form # 1
Date: 17 Dec 08 - 03:14 AM

I remember reading an article about him in the Melody Maker in the late 70s and was intrigued. Then I saw a copy of the ep he did with Alexis Korner, called 34AD, and bought it and loved it, especially the solo pice on the b side called, ofcourse, Angi - one of my favourite pieces of music. The Complete Guitarist is probably his best album.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: GMT
Date: 17 Dec 08 - 04:14 AM

Sad news indeed.
RIP Davy and my sympathy to all his family and close friends.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 17 Dec 08 - 04:29 AM

Obituaries published today (Wednesday) in the Guardian, by Robin Denselow, and in the Independent, by John Pilgrim.
Derek


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: MikeofNorthumbria
Date: 17 Dec 08 - 05:50 AM

One of my treasured souvenirs is an advert for a 1965 concert in Oxford Town Hall, with Davy's name (in large print) at the top, and mine (in very small print)at the bottom. Far more precious than this are the guitar licks I learned (stole)from him - Angie, She Moved Through the Fair, 3/4 AD, etc, etc.

But most precious of all, was the gift of his inspiration - several decades before Mr Obama came along, Davy looked at the guitar and said "Yes, we can!" And he did. One of his records was called "The Complete Guitarist". And he was.

With his passing we are a little poorer, and the world is a little greyer. But we still have the music.   Thank you for that Davy, and peace to your ashes.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: Jean(eanjay)
Date: 17 Dec 08 - 06:15 AM

I haven't been to see him perform live for years but when I last saw him he was absolutely brilliant.

This is such sad news and such a loss.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: GUEST,Phil B
Date: 17 Dec 08 - 01:26 PM

Played my annual return to Dartford last night. Opened with a medley of Cocaine-Leaving Blues-Sally free and easy. Most of the audience of a similar age to me and most sharing memories of Davey and his music. Gone but certainly not forgotten.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: gnu
Date: 17 Dec 08 - 01:30 PM

Missed this! RIP.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: Will Fly
Date: 17 Dec 08 - 01:30 PM

Played my annual return to Dartford last night. Opened with a medley of Cocaine-Leaving Blues-Sally free and easy. Most of the audience of a similar age to me and most sharing memories of Davey and his music. Gone but certainly not forgotten.

Good man. Wish I'd been there to see and hear it.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: GUEST,van
Date: 17 Dec 08 - 01:44 PM

Perhaps it would be a sign of respect if we were to spell his name correctly.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 17 Dec 08 - 01:49 PM

Mr Graham was known as (and recorded under) the names of both Davy and Davey, though it is the case that latterly he appears to have reverted to Davy.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Davey Graham R.I.P. (15 Dec 2008)
From: Comrac (troll alert contact max)
Date: 17 Dec 08 - 02:16 PM

I admired the guy, Bless him.


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