John Joyce is a legend on the British Folk Music Scene . He dedicated his
musical career to the 12 String Guitar and was one of the very first to pioneer the instrument in the UK. Blues was his first love and he appeared with such Blues greats as Howling Wolf, Jesse Fuller, Reverend Gary Davis, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee.
He never received or sought the accolades many now feel he duly deserved. Throughout his long career he also appeared with The Levee Breakers, Velvet Opera, Davy Graham, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Paul Simon, Roy Harper, Al Stewart, Sandy Denny, The Strawbs, Ralph McTell, Paul Brett and many more. He was highly regarded as one of the best guitar repairers in the UK. He designed the ‘JJ’ and the best selling ‘Sandpiper’ range of guitars marketed by Aria . John’s final CD is available from Fretdancer entitled ‘Statesboro Blues’ and also a duo CD with Paul Brett ‘Acoustic Power’. The later receiving fantastic Press reviews and airplay on many Radio stations throughout the UK.
” I played with John on and off for many years. He taught me to finger-pick 12 string guitar and he repaired my guitars. I consider myself privileged to have known and played with him. We did some great acoustic tracks like Dave Brubeck’s ” Take 5 ” and Gershwin’s ” Summertime “. Played many gigs and record sessions. He played on my LP’s and I on his. We made our last CD in 2000 ” Acoustic Power ” and it was the best thing we did. I loved playing Blues with John, he was a dedicated musician who spent his life playing 12 string and singing the Blues he loved so much. He was a great fan of Leadbelly and Blind Willie McTell, two of the great exponents o the Blues 12 string. I hope he is now in musicians heaven playing with those guys and hollerin’ Statesboro’ Blues to all and sundry. Give it to em Papa John ! “
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