James Blackshaw


James Blackshaw is highly regarded for his pieces for solo 12-string guitar, nylon-string classical guitar and piano. Strongly inspired by the 60’s Takoma school of guitarists, minimalist composers and European classical music, Blackshaw employs fingerpicking techniques to create drones, overtones and repeating patterns, alongside a strong inclination for melody, to create instrumental music that is both intelligent, hypnotic and emotional. Blackshaw has released nine solo studio albums and numerous collaborations receiving praise and earning places on Best of Year lists from online and printed publications such as Pitchfork, Billboard, The Wire, The Observer, The Times, Uncut, The New York Times, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Onion, Magnet and Acoustic Guitar Magazine among others. In 2012, Spin magazine named James Blackshaw as one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. He has toured extensively in the US, Europe and Japan with artists such as Peter Walker, Sir Richard Bishop, Jose Gonzales and Alex De Grassi, playing such institutions as the ICA, the Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Merkin Hall, NYC as part of the New York Guitar Festival in 2010. His music has been featured multiple times on National Public Radio in the US, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4 and has been used both on TV and in one feature length film.