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Davey Graham

Davey Graham (originally Davy Graham, b. 22 November 1940 in Leicester, England) is a virtuoso guitarist who is credited with sparking the folk-rock revolution in the UK in the 1960s. He inspired many of the famous practitioners of the fingerstyle acoustic guitar, such as Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Martin Carthy, Paul Simon and even Jimmy Page, and is best-known for his acoustic instrumental, Anji.

Davy Graham was born to a Guyanan mother and Scottish father and he took up the guitar at the age of 12. As a teenager, he was strongly influenced by a guitar player called Steve Benbow, who had travelled widely with the army and played a guitar style influenced by Moroccan music. At the age of 19, Graham wrote what is probably his most famous piece, at least for aspiring guitarists: the acoustic solo tune Anji (see below).

One way he came to the attention of guitarists was through a 1959 feature item in the BBC TV news program Monitor. The segment was produced by Ken Russell.

He introduced the DADGAD guitar tuning to British guitarists, though it is not clear if it originated with him. Its main attraction was tha...

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