#3614: Fingerpicking Guitar and "Dark Was the Night"

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Listen to music that grows out of American blues, folk, and the ragtime tradition, with a whole lot of fingerpicking guitar, on this New Sounds. There’s music from the great blues guitarist, Blind Willie Johnson, and variations on one of his most famous themes, “Dark Was the Night,” with variations from the Kronos Quartet, guitarist Gary Lucas, ETHEL with Lionheart in a mass by Phil Kline, and one by guitarist Ry Cooder as well. Plus, listen to music from John Fahey, and other fingerstyle guitarists like English guitarist Davey Graham, John Renbourn (one of the founders of Pentangle), and the late American guitarist Jack Rose. And more.

PROGRAM #3614 Fingerpicking Guitar/Var. on Dark Was the Night
(First aired on 7/8/2014)  





John Fahey

God, Time, and Causality

The Portland Cement Factory / Requiem for Mississippi John Hurt [11:39]

Shanachie #97706 ** 
OR download from Emusic.com

Michael Chapman

Time Past Time Passing

Ponchatoulah [2:33]

Electric Ragtime - #269154
Available at Amazon.com 
Info at: 

Davey Graham

The Complete Guitarist

Forty-Ton Parachute [1:31]

Kicking Mule/Ace Records, reissued in 2009
Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop / Stefan Grossman's - #128

Various Artists: John Renbourn/Stefan Grossman

Music of Ireland: Airs-Jigs-Reels-Hornpipes

Swedish Jig [2:25]

Shanachie Records - #SHANCD 97004
Out of print, but try Amazon.com

Blind Willie Johnson  

The Complete Blind Willie Johnson


Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground [3:22]

Columbia/Legacy - #C2K-52835
Available at Amazon.com, iTunes, or Emusic.com

Kronos Quartet

A Thousand Thoughts

Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground [3:52]

Nonesuch 536952

Jack Rose

Two Originals Of Jack Rose

Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground [2:40]

Vhf Records VHF #81
Available at Emusic.com

Gary Lucas & Dean Bowman

Chase the Devil

Dark Was The Night [5:40]

Knitting Factory Records - #KRF1100

Lionheart and Ethel

John the Revelator

Phil Kline: Dark Was the Night [5:50]

Cantaloupe Music 21047 

Ry Cooder

Paris Texas Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Dark Was the Night, Excerpt. [2:48]

Warner #25270 
Available at Amazon.com

Jack Rose

Two Originals Of Jack Rose

Black Pearls [9:13]

See above.

James Blackshaw


Skylark Herald’s Dawn, excerpt [1:00]

Digitalis / Tompkins Square - #DIGI 017