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Today’s Christmas Songs–Two pieces from John Fahey

John Fahey was one of the two or three most influential guitarists of the past sixty years or so (Les Paul was the other one.) He revolutionized how we play and hear guitar music. He would end every record and concert with a hymn. And he put out several Christmas albums. Here’s a fairly representative piece, his take on “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”:

And here’s his own composition, a fantasy:

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  1. “John Fahey was one of the two or three most influential guitarists of the past sixty years or so.” Hard to gauge his influence. How about just “greatest”? Love those two albums.

  2. “Of Rivers and Religion” is an album I’ve been listening to every month for decades. Thanks for these, wuf.

  3. Nice! If anyone read my article about Smile, I’d like to emphasize that it’s part of a larger critical work. I’ve written 100 pages or so on Fahey; in all, I’m so glad others appreciate him as well.