The Hermit

       During the time Pentangle was on the road I got a bit out of touch with the way things were developing on the acoustic guitar front. When the band stopped touring l discovered there had been quite some goings on. There were a lot of young players out there in the world coming up with good stuff on the fingerstyle steel-string guitar and and it was nice to think that the approach of British players had been an influence. By that time l had moved out into the country and I consciously set about working on guitar arrangements that might make a further contribution. Pieces that relied less on improvisation and which could be notated and passed on intact. l borrowed ideas from various instruments, the lute, keyboard, and irish harp, and made up others which I suppose took ideas that went back to 'Lady Nothynges Toye Puffe' a stage further. John James, another old Transatlantic man, joined me on duets as did Dominique Trepeau a representative for the Paris delegation.

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