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December 16th, 2008

R.I.P. Davy Graham

Davy Graham passed away on Monday. He will be sorely, sorely missed.

Graham made a cameo appearance in the 1963 movie The Diner starring James Fox and Dirk Bogard. The song is Rock Me Mama.

Here’s a clip of Graham playing Rock Me Mama in a 1969 documentary about notorious Scottish beat writer and junkie Alexander Trocchi, which also featured William Burroughs.

Often emulated but never bettered, Graham’s most famous song was Anji. It can be heard here – along with the Irish song She Moves Through the Fair and a brief interview – on the BBC’s Folk Britannia series, in which Graham was afforded a long overdue critical appraisal.

Fifty years on and Davy Graham was still performing and continually soaking up techniques from around the world. Here he is in 2007 showcasing a Romanian playing style during an impromptu performance backstage at the Mosley Folk festival.



  1. one of the best musicians i have ever listened to. mr. graham, thank you for your music.

    Comment by mateus — December 17, 2008 @ 3:40 pm
  2. If your a folk fan and don’t have Davy Graham’s music, go get “Folk Blues & Beyond” and his album with the great English folk singer Shirley Collins, “Folk Routes, New Routes.” Two of the best–if not THE BEST–English folk albums ever. He was truly a god.

    Comment by Jeff Gold — December 18, 2008 @ 3:28 am
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