Ian Melrose: Having Fun

By Miche Archetto:

Here is English guitar player Ian Melrose playing one of his most popular tunes called “Fingerpickers Have More Fun”

According to his official website

Ian Melrose was born in Middlesbrough, England. As a youth he moved back to Ayr in Scotland with his Scottish parents and younger brother. Ian’s father was a member of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra, so traditional music was always there somewhere. His early influences were the famous figures from the “British school” of guitar-playing i.e. Davey Graham, John Renbourn, Bert Jansch and John Martyn.

Moving to Berlin in 1981, he has made a name for himself on the German acoustic scene initially with the trio Twilight, which won the 1985 Edinburgh Folk Festival folk group competition and subsequently recorded an album (“Twilight” – Modern Folk Arrangements”) for the Scottish label, Lismor. He then continued to make a name for himself as a solo fingerstylist and as a founder member of the folk-pop bands Be Mine or Run and Talking Water, as half of the duo Kelpie (with Kerstin Blodig) and of  the Leuchter-Melrose Duo (with Manfred Leuchter) and as guitarist and arranger with the Celtic project Norland Wind.more


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