This man is so laid back that he makes JJ Cale
sound like hes on helium. Q Magazine
2016 marked 50 years since Michael Chapman first went
on the road professionally. Never one to stand still
for long, Chapman continues touring in 2018 with more
new projects and some exciting new collaborations.
Michael Chapman first became known on the London and
Cornish folk circuits in 1966. Playing a blend of atmospheric
and autobiographical material he established a reputation
for intensity and innovation. Signed to EMI's Harvest
label he recorded a quartet of classic albums. LPs like
'Rainmaker' , 'Wrecked Again' and later Window
defined the melancholic observer role Michael was to
make his own, mixing intricate guitar instrumentals
with a full band sound.
His influential album 'Fully Qualified Survivor', featuring
the guitar of Mick Ronson (David Bowie) and Rick Kemp's
bass (Steeleye Span), was John Peel's favourite album
of 1970. 'Survivor' featured the Chapman 'hit', 'Postcards
of Scarborough', a characteristically tenderly sour
song recounting the feelings of nostalgia and regret.
Chapman is known by many as one of the UKs best
finger picking style guitar players. As part of a continuing
musical lineage that includes the likes of Ralph McTell,
John Martyn, Davey Graham & Bert Jansch. Chapman
is still touring and recording new material. Recent
Album releases include the highly rated 50
- 2017, Fish 2015, as well as the reissues of
his classic Harvest catalogue.
Collaborations with Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and
the American 'primitive school' of guitar players, including
the late John Fahey , and also Jack Rose, opened up
a whole new audience of US based admirers. Appearing
on recordings with Hiss Golden Messenger and Steve Gunn
has cemented Chapmans position as pivotal figure
in roots, folk and acoustic guitar playing over the
last 50 years.