Feverish fretting in the key of D

CD coverI’m supposed to be feverishly fretting about the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival, but I’ve found myself a little distracted by fretting of a different kind. Guitar frets, to be precise.

James Wilkinson is a guitarist and composer who has been on the Canterbury scene for a while now. We’ve just posted Nicole Reddington’s short interview with him on the library website. We add new musician profiles each year when music month rolls around.

You might remember him from Rua, or Hampster, or The Two Jimmies. I remember him playing solo at the Harbourlight with his fingers flying and the frets melting as he riffed off in one direction, then another, then another.

And thanks to the Naxos Music Library, I can listen to those wonderful guitar sounds whenever I feel the need. Two of his albums are included:

If you want to listen, you’ll need your library card and PIN, but be warned – next time he’s playing live, you’ll probably want to go and see him.

5 thoughts on “Feverish fretting in the key of D

    • claudine 10 May 2010 / 3:41 pm

      aaah John Martyn. Memories…I have loved this man since about 1980 (yes showing my age) when my flatmate had every album he’d made and one of my friends wanted to have his babies (and still does).Saw him play at Ayr Pavilion in 1984. Great songwriter, guitarist and singer. Will certainly look out for James Wilkinson…

  1. shug 10 May 2010 / 1:40 pm

    …..and no library hired him for Music Month.

  2. shug 10 May 2010 / 4:14 pm

    ……and John Martyn died in Jan 2009

    • claudine 11 May 2010 / 5:46 pm

      didn’t know that…very sad and depressed now!

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