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John Renbourn

Live in Kyoto 1978

Drag City


Released: 22nd Jun 2018



Released: 22nd Jun 2018


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a superb performance of John Renbourn at the height of his powers & in a deeply intimate setting, as well as a further demonstration that the work we do in this life can linger far beyond our lifespan.

An evening in a coffee house in Kyoto forty years ago has lingered fondly in the memories of those who were there. His repertoire, by this point, was vast & among the songs he played on this night at the Jittoku coffee house were pieces by Reverend Gary Davis, Davey Graham, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Arthur Smith, William Byrd & Charles Lloyd. The recording was made by Satoro Fujii, whose archive of recordings was discovered posthumously. Satoro captured the performance with pristine detail, allowing us to hear the fine detail of John’s fretwork & the warmth & delight in the room as he played.

Live in Kyoto 1978


  1. Candyman
  2. Anji
  3. I Know My Babe
  4. So Early In The Spring
  5. Kokomo Blues
  6. The Cuckoo
  7. Banks Of The Sweet
  8. Primroses
  9. John Barleycorn
  10. Peacock Rag
  11. The Earle Of Salisbury
  12. Transfusion
  13. Lamentation For Owen
  14. Roe O’Neill/The
  15. Orphan/The English
  16. Dance
  17. Medley: Gypsy
  18. Dance/Jew’s Dance