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Folk musician Davy Graham honoured with birthplace plaque

Plaque unveiling Image copyright Orin Carter
Image caption The plaque was unveiled by Davy Graham's partner Carol Ballard (in scarf) and musician Tom Baxter (second from left)

One of the UK's most influential folk musicians has been remembered with a plaque in the town where he was born.

Davy Graham, who died in 2008 aged 68, was described as a "guitar genius".

One of his pieces, Anji, was covered on the Simon and Garfunkel album Sounds of Silence and he is credited with inspiring a generation of singers.

The plaque was unveiled at his birthplace, the former Bosworth Park Infirmary, in Market Bosworth, Leicestershire.

Image caption Davy Graham's big break came in a 1959 documentary by future feature film director Ken Russell

Graham travelled extensively and brought Middle Eastern and Indian influences into his repertoire and is often credited with pioneering World Music before the term was coined.

Ray Davies of the Kinks once described him as "an awesome influence".


Davy Graham

  • Born in 1940 to a Scottish father and a Guyanese mother
  • Started composing music as a teenager
  • Influential figure in the 1960s folk music revival in England
  • Died from a seizure at home after a short battle with lung cancer

David Suff, from folk label Topic Records, said: "Davy was a restless musician, ever searching for new ways to play the guitar.

"It is no exaggeration to refer to him as a guitar genius who inspired Bert Jansch, Martin Carthy, Jimmy Page, Paul Simon, John Renbourn and countless others."

For many, a major part of his legacy was a new way of tuning a guitar - known as the DADGAD style.

The plaque was unveiled on Saturday by Graham's partner Carol Ballard and musician Tom Baxter, along with a recent graduate from Market Bosworth and Hinckley based JAM Music School.

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