February 28, 2019

John Fahey Guinness Fleadh Festival Randall's Island, New York on June 13th, 1998

John Fahey Guinness Fleadh Festival Randall's Island, New York on June 13th, 1998.

From a cassette received in trade, unknown generation.

Lineage: Tascam 302 > McIntosh C40 Preamp > TEAC CD-RW 890 MK2 > CDRW ripped with EAC (secure mode), cut and indexed with CD Wave Editor >
         Audacity > TLH Flac level 6, aligned on sector boundaries using fix.

Total time: 36:29"

No tracklist, any info welcome!


February 27, 2019

Blind Brand X and Dixie X Live at Groundswell Cafe

Ralph Johnston aka Blind Brand X

Vancouver, BC, Canada, April 13th, 2016

Peter Gunn variations

A little humor my dear Zilkov, always with a little humor / The internationally renowned Takoma Park, Maryland academy of Taoist tap dancing rag

Delta slider blues

Ghost train to Valhalla

The January 2015 american primitive guitar tour of Spokane, Portland and Seattle rag

The Fonotone waltz

Peavine blues

Has anybody seen my ghoul?

A tearful Stephen King carries the body of the recently deceased clayton peacock to a pet semetary just down the road

Rags don’t rattle rag


Hi all, here's a great set by Ralph Johnston from way back in 2016. Huge thanks to Alex for recording this show. I had the pleasure of meeting Alex and Ralph at the 1000 Incarnations of the Rose fest last year and I'm so glad. Great guys!!

February 26, 2019

john fahey 4 june 1999 taku taku, kyoto


john fahey       

4 june 1999
taku taku, kyoto             

john fahey (guitar)

1. 8:53
2. 20:27
3. 19:45
4. 9:31
5. 14:34
6. 1:09


February 25, 2019

John Fahey live at the Hunter College Assembly Hall New York on May 31st, 1975

From a Memorex MRX3 Oxide cassette received in trade years ago, unknown generation.
There are cuts between the songs, second side of the cassette is blank.
So unfortunately, this is far from complete, but all I have from this show.

Quote from a review by Paul Nelson in "The Village Voice":

"Without a word, he picked up his guitar and played the first song.
It lasted 45 minutes and was quite remarkable, as was the rest of his three-hour concert"
Taken from:
Claudio Guerrieri "The John Fahey Handbook" Vol. 2  ISBN 978-0-9853028-1-8

01 Section From Christ's Saints Of God Fantasy
   Stomping Tonight On The Pennsylvania-Alabama Border
   Section From Christ's Saints Of God Fantasy
02 In Christ There Is No East Or West
03 Beverly
04 On The Sunny Side Of The Ocean
05 Spanish Two-Step
06 Lion
   How Long
07 The Revolt Of The Dyke Brigade
08 Funeral Song For Mississippi John Hurt
08 Wine And Roses

Total time: 44:03" 

In his book, Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist, author Steve Lowenthal cites a review of John Fahey’s performance at Hunter College in New York by the Village Voice’s Paul Nelson in 1975:

“His guitar-playing is a deliberate mixture of psychology, order, mythology, poetry, and genre–all very exact, with the meaning entirely between the lines. Part of our fine national school of minimal acting, glints of feeling shining through the stoic, awesome professionalism that is characteristic of the American hero, John Fahey seems to me to be the Clint Eastwood/Steve McQueen of the guitar. I’d hate to meet him in a dark alley. He didn’t even say goodbye.”

Dr. Demento and John Fahey Interview Son House

On May 7, 1965, UCLA students Barry Hansen (who, as you know, would later find fame as radio’s Dr. Demento) and John Fahey (already an accomplished guitarist), along with Mark Levine, sat down for an interview with legendary Delta blues singer Son House

Dr. Demento and John Fahey Interview Son House

February 24, 2019

Audience Recording of Fahey at the Memphis Blues Festival of 1969

It's Fahey Week and this year is all about re-upping all the previous posts lost to the divShare crash. Everything is now on Dropbox, hopefully the free account can handle the traffic. (2019 edit, nope, lost that too!!) So this is a re-re-up?!?!?

Here's a little gem sent to me this week. A live recording from a hand-held recorder by someone in the audience at the Memphis Blues Festival, June 6-7th, 1969.  See page 396 of The John Fahey Handbook, volume 2 for details. Fahey was included in a two hour PBS program "The Memphis Birthday Blues Festival" hosted by Steve Allen, aired on June 29th, 1969. Does anyone have this video that they would share?


John Fahey 2 October 1999 Queen Elizabeth Hall London, England

John Fahey
2 October 1999
Queen Elizabeth Hall London, England audience master>cdr>xact>flac
1 Improvisation with Sketches from Hitomi > Death Don't Have No Mercy
2 ?
3 Guitar Lament > Mexico (Juana)
4 Marilyn > My Prayer
5 City Of Refuge > Nightmare > Rodeo
6 Dorothy
7 Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning > Summertime

John Fahey - guitar


by Michael Weare

the WIRE on location 
John Fahey 
UK: London Queen Elizabeth Hall - October 2, 1999