Archive for June, 2009

Ben Reynolds – How Day Earnt Its Night

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Tompkins Square has amassed a formidable catalog of acclaimed acoustic guitar recordings, from reissues of seminal works by Robbie Basho, Richard Crandell and Harry Taussig to contemporary masters James Blackshaw, Peter Walker and Brad Barr. The label’s ‘Imaginational Anthem Vols.1-3′ guitar anthology received 4 1/2 stars in All Music Guide, with AMG’s Thom Jurek stating, “These are all essential recordings.”

Next up is Ben Reynolds, an English solo steel string guitarist and songwriter. In his solo instrumental works, he draws upon the vast well of musical inspiration native to the British Isles as well as that found across the Atlantic and beyond.

Outside of Ben’s solo work, he is a member of Glasgow-based songsters Trembling Bells, whose debut album ‘Carbeth’ on London label Honest Jon’s has received ecstatic praise from the likes of Joe Boyd and Will Oldham.

‘How Day Earnt Its Night’ consolidates his interest in British and American folk guitar traditions in concise and intensely melodic pieces as well as longer, expressionist improvisations. The intricacies of British guitar luminaries such as Bert Jansch and Davy Graham are found alongside the stark grandeur of John Fahey’s ‘American primitive guitar’ stylings.