John Fahey

John Fahey
1939 - 2001

John Fahey  American Guitarist


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First Name John
Last Name Fahey
Age 61 (age at death) years
Birthday 28th February, 1939
Birthplace Takoma Park, MD
Died 22nd February, 2001
Place of Death Salem, Oregon
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Nationality American
Occupation Text Guitarist
Occupation Guitarist
Music Genre (Text) American Primitivism, folk, avant-garde, American Primitive Guitar, country blues
Music Genre Folk
Year(s) Active 1959–2001
Music Style Jazz, Folk Jazz, Progressive Folk, New Acoustic, International, Finger-Picked Guitar, Traditional Folk, World Fusion, Folk-Blues
Music Mood Cerebral, Hypnotic, Somber, Earthy, Autumnal, Passionate, Complex, Plaintive, Brittle, Melancholy, Intimate, Restrained, Organic, Reserved, Wistful, Reflective, Relaxed, Confident, Ethereal, Literate, Playful, Producer
Instrument Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar
Instrument (text) Guitar
Record Label Takoma, Vanguard, Reprise, Table of the Elements, Varrick, Revenant
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John Aloysius Fahey ( FAY-hee; February 28, 1939 – February 22, 2001) was an American fingerstyle guitarist and composer who played the steel-string acoustic guitar as a solo instrument. His style has been enormously influential and has been described as the foundation of American Primitive Guitar, a term borrowed from painting and referring mainly to the self-taught nature of the music and its minimalist style. Fahey borrowed from the folk and blues traditions in American roots music, having compiled many forgotten early recordings in these genres. He would later incorporate 20th-century classical, Portuguese, Brazilian, and Indian influences into his work.

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