Michael Chapman At 75

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In recent years, the revered British guitarist and songwriter Michael Chapman has seen his classic Harvest records from the 70’s reissued by Light In the Attic, and he has also toured with Bill Callahan, Kurt Vile, Thurston Moore, Ryley Walker and Bonnie “Prince” Billy.

On the eve of the Fully Qualified Survivor’s 75th birthday (January 24), his latest album Fish has garnered praise  heaps of praise from  Mojo, Uncut and Record Collector (which gave it five stars).

The English singer-songwriter and guitarist will not only be celebrating his 75th birthday in 2016 but also 50 years as a professional musician, in which time he has released more than 40 albums.

Chapman originally began playing guitar with jazz bands in his home town of Leeds and then became well known in the folk clubs of the late 1960s appearing alongside John Martyn and Roy Harper, as well as the progressive music scene. He attended art college and then worked as a teacher while honing his craft, influenced at first by other English layers such as Ralph McTell.

His first album was Rainmaker in 1969, released on the Harvest label and produced by Gus Dudgeon who also worked with Steeleye Span, Elton John and David Bowie around the same time.  Further albums on Harvest were followed by label changes and the album Savage Amusement produced by the legendary Don Nix. Chapmen has recorded for a variety of labels and also released albums independently since the ‘80s and by the turn of the century was being acknowledged by bands such as Supergrass and other high profile contemporary musicians.

A tribute album titled Oh Michael, Look What You’ve Done: Friends Play Michael Chapman was released in 2012 on Tompkins Square Records and included contributions from Lucinda Williams, Maddy Prior, William Tyler, His Golden Messenger and Sonic Youth’s.

All of Chapman’s back catalogue for Harvest has now been re-released by USA based label Light In The Attic in both heavyweight vinyl and CD formats. He has also recorded several instrumental albums for Tompkins Square records, including Fish in 2015.

Tompkins Square also released Chapman’s 2010 double CD Trainsong : Guitar Compositions 1967-2010.

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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