** PLEASE NOTE: This show will take place at our alternative home for the evening: THE WATER RATS, 328 Grays Inn Road, Kings Cross, WC1X 8BZ. Doors open 7.30pm. Music starts 8pm. **
MICHAEL CHAPMAN first became known on the London and Cornish folk circuits in mid-1966. Playing a blend of atmospheric and autobiographical material he established a reputation for intensity and innovation. While living in Hull, East Yorkshire, in late 1969, he signed to EMI’s Harvest label & recorded a quartet of classic albums. LPs like ’Fully Qualified Survivor,’ ‘Rainmaker’, ‘Window’ and ‘Wrecked Again’ defined the melancholic observer role Michael was to make his own, mixing intricate guitar instrumentals with a full band sound.
He is one of the UK’s best known finger picking style guitar players. As part of a continuing musical lineage that includes the likes of Ralph McTell, John Martyn, Davey Graham & Bert Jansch, Chapman is still touring and recording and his playing is on top form.
Michael continues to release new recordings at a phenomenal rate and is thought to have recorded nearly 60 recordings over his career.
‘True North’ -2019 Paradise of Bachelors (Format: Vinyl LP, CD & Download )
‘50’ -2017, Paradise of Bachelors (Format: Vinyl LP, CD & Download )
‘Homages’ 2016 –VDSQ –guitar instrumentals (Format Vinyl & Download Only)
‘Fish’ –2015, Tomkins Square (Vinyl LP, CD & Download )
‘Live at Folk Cottage’ -2013 ‘ Treehouse’ -(Vinyl LP & CD ) archive recordings from 1967
Classics from the Harvest / EMI era. ‘Rainmaker’, Fully Qualified Survivor’, ‘Wrecked Again’, ‘Window’ & ‘Playing the Guitar The Easy Way’ have all been reissued by USA label Light in The Attic as a complete series of his early work . (Format: Vinyl and CD.)