When: Sunday June 26, doors 730, music at 8
Where: RhizomeDC, 6950 Maple St NW DC
Cost: $10 suggested donation
C Joynes is one of the UK’s most inventive and highly regarded solo guitarists. Over the last 10 years he has recorded a string of acclaimed albums exploring the fault-lines between traditional music, field-recordings from around the world, free improv and lo-fi experimentalism. His most recent album, ‘Split Electric’ (2016), a collaboration with Nick Jonah Davis, finds him blending the brittle ringing tones of electric folk with overdriven garage blues throw-downs and lumbering muddy-booted psychedelia. This is his first US tour.
“As much Conlon Nancarrow and Ali Farka Toure as Blind Lemon Jefferson, the compositional mind at work here can take apparently disparate threads of modernism and ethnic tradition and treat them as though they were all archaic blues styles learnt from dusty 78s.” BRUCE RUSSELL, THE WIRE
“His epigrammatic re-castings and re-readings of widely-travelled folk melodies and rhythms from a variety of traditions suggest shared memories that might be intensely universal while seeming strangely out of reach.” KEVIN MACNEIL BROWN, DUSTED MAGAZINE
Guitarist and poet Max Ochs turned 75 years a few months back and for 55 of those years he has been playing and recording music. Growing up in the Annapolis area and attending University of Maryland with friend and label mate Robbie Basho, Ochs contributed two tracks for the 1967 CONTEMPORARY GUITAR on John Fahey’s Takoma label. Inspired by his friend Fahey, Ochs developed his own interest in finger-style American primitive guitar, learning from one of the masters, Mississippi John Hurt, during a one month residency in Ochs’ New York apartment when Hurt reappeared on the folk scene in 1964. While honing his chops on acoustic guitar, Ochs was also performing with the legendary band, Seventh Sons, founded by Greenwich Village mainstay and early folk innovator Buzzy Linhart. Seventh Sons were a massively popular NYC band during the years of 1962-1964, recording tracks for Capitol Records for their debut record which was scrapped after Ochs left the band and New York.
Returning to the DC/Annapolis area, Max Ochs has continued recording and performing in his spare time (releasing multiple records on Joe Bussard’s Fonotone label and the Tompkins Square label IMAGINATIONAL ANTHEM). When not teaching or working as co-executive director of the Anne Arundel County Conflict Resolution Center, Ochs’ dedication to social justice causes comes out in his songs as well as in his poetry: a collection of his poetry JUST CAWS was published in 2015.