Back in the 60s, the era of folk clubs, each night someone would be bound to play Anji, a trippy guitar instrumental written by Davey Graham, who has died aged 68.
The Guardian obituary says ‘a remarkable and wildly inventive musician, he transformed the acoustic scene with performances that were startling and unique for their blend of traditional themes with blues, jazz and even Indian or Arabic influences’.
This video clip captures Graham playing Cry Me A River in a 1959 BBC documentary directed by Ken Russell on the rise in popularity of the guitar in Britain:
This excerpt from BBC4’s Folk Britannia includes footage of his TV performance of “She moves through the fair” and a brief interview:
In this clip from Joseph Losey’s 1963 film The Servant, starring Dirk Bogart and an amazingly youthful-looking James Fox, Graham plays Rock Me Mama: