Bo'Weavil Rec.C Joynes : Revenants, prodigies and the restless dead (UK,rec.2004-2009)**'
This is the second release of guitarist C.Joynes on the same label. Introduced on the myspace site
“original and traditional tunes, cover versions, improvised pieces, hill recordings - all instrumentals, all home recorded, all brought together under the neat sub-heading of Anglo-Naive and Contemporary Parlour Guitar”
this describes already some aspect of his music. It’s not always the guitar which dominates and above all, this guitar playing sounds more than once banjo-like and on one occasion even ukulele-like (briefly on the in mood and ideas very much changing “the autumn leaves”). There are folk, blues, ragtime, old time American folk references besides a few others, all very much sound like an improvisation with its own mood occasions, the tunes are kept simple and still find their way to bring you to different occasions, sometimes weird, with an occasional off key strangeness, and some textures on viola/minimal note-carrying double bass or cello, theremin for instance, often to a grouped sound effect of improvisation. The strangest, original moment is on “Nyambai Sawmill” on what sounds something between prepared guitar and prepared piano, with normal guitar picking but with a percussive side-effect as if the resonance vibrates heavily and with percussive power some pots and pans lying loosely on some strings. Many of these improvisations span old time and other traditional flavours mixed with some instant Nu-effects and at times tuning outs as if fermented to a different species. This never loses the recognisability, but within that it’s just something in the textures, in the different directions that makes it much more a unique momentous thing.
Other participants include Babygrand (zither, prepared piano, cello, musical box), Michelina Craft (5-string banjo), Man from Uranus (theremin, ring modulator), Richard Partridge (viola, double bass), Jules Young (bass).