folk instrumentals

Instruments of pleasure: (1) John Renbourn and the Earl of Salisbury


 John Renbourn at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 2011. Image: Bryan Ledgard 


A chance exchange with an electronic acquaintance at Twitter prompted some thoughts on folk music (and allied forms) without voices, musicians who let their instruments do the talking.

The first examples of instrumental sounds that caught my admiring attention would have been the string of hits recorded by the Shadows; the chart-topping Apache, originally recorded by Bert Weedon whose version enjoyed more modest success, dates from 1960.

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