SIR RICHARD BISHOP &
“Bishop strums spiritual with incantatory ragas, free-folk excursions, crystalline flamenco flourishes, ruddy Appalachian folk, Middle Eastern-tinged fantasias and gypsy arabesques”
Founded in the late 50s by John Fahey, the American Primitive guitar style uses traditional fingerpicking techniques to weave together folk, country, blues, raga, rock, ragtime, drone, bluegrass and psych into web-like instrumentals.
Richard Bishop, guitarist and founding member Seattle’s ethno-delic legends, Sun City Girls (1981-2007), released his first solo record in 1998 on John Fahey's esteemed Revenant label under the moniker Sir Richard Bishop. His music draws on traditional lineages from Moroccan and classical Indian, to flamenco and Appalachian. Bishop will perform on a mysterious 19th century parlour guitar, the warm tone of which radiates across his recent Drag City release, Tangier Sessions.
Opening the show, North Carolina whippersnapper, Daniel Bachman is a master guitarist and sophisticated composer who draws on similar styles, even weaving in Civil War ballads. As NPR puts it, the newly revived American Primitive style is “evocative of a landscape that doesn’t know its boundaries”.
This show is part of our St Stephen’s Sunday Folk series, where we present three distinct branches of new folk music over the course of consecutive summer Sundays in the sublime architecture and rich acoustics of St Stephen’s Uniting Church. Other shows in the St Stephen’s Sunday Folk program are Mirel Wagner & Nadia Reid and Michael Hurley & Meg Baird. These special performances close in time for you to catch the sun setting while walking to the Festival Village for evening entertainment.
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