This event is made possible through the We Are Takoma Foundation. Admission is a $10 Suggested Donation.
Washington may have been a “bourgeois town” for much of the twentieth century, but in the late 1950s, bohemian culture began to develop in coffee houses and music venues. Takoma Park guitarist John Fahey once quipped that he moved to California in 1962 because their “wasn’t much going on” in the DC music scene in the late 50s and early 60s, but history shows that there was a burgeoning folk and music scene that had a lasting impact.
FAHEY & FOLK will explore this music scene through a panel discussion featuring journalists Richard Harrington and Tom Cole, as well as musician and label mate, Max Ochs. The panel will focus on many of the important venues of the past, such as Hamilton Arms, Coffee ‘N’ Confusion, The Unicorn, and many others.
Following the panel discussion, guitarist Daniel Bachman will perform a set of original and Fahey compositions. A second panel discussion, featuring Richard Harrington, Tom Cole, Daniel Bachman, and David Eisner will discuss Fahey’s influence on American music as well as the importance of Takoma Records, one of the first and longest artist-run record companies in music history.
This event is sponsored by the Institute of Musical Traditions as part of the We Are Takoma series and as such admission is a suggested donation of $10.
John Fahey was an American fingerstyle guitarist and composer. Living in Takoma Park, MD - at the age of 16 he bought his first guitar for $17 out of the Sears & Roebuck catalog. His style quickly developed and has become greatly influential, and has been described as the foundation of American Primitive Guitar, a term borrowed from painting and referring mainly to the self-taught nature of the music and its minimalist style. Fahey borrowed from the folk and blues traditions in American roots music, having compiled many forgotten early recordings in these genres. He would later incorporate classical, Portuguese, Brazilian, and Indian music into his work and in 2003, was ranked by Rolling Stone 35th out of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
More about Daniel Bachman:
"For an early-twentysomething, Daniel Bachman has roots buried deep. His approach to the American Primitive style of acoustic guitar — a sonically vivid fingerpicking technique developed by John Fahey and expanded by the likes of Robbie Basho and, later, Jack Rose and Glenn Jones — is conversational and uplifting, much like the man himself." -LARS GOTRICH
Daniel Bachman calls Durham, N.C., home now, but he grew up around the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg. It's a quiet town in Northern Virginia that still has a pharmacy with cheap sandwiches...