Monday, August 30, 2010

Lee Ranaldo to headline Clonakilty guitar festival

Yes, Lee Ranaldo of the legendary Sonic Youth will be headlining the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival 2010, which takes place from September 16th-19th. Not only will he be playing a show, he'll also be doing a 'workshop/masterclass'.

Ranaldo is one of the most influential guitarists of the post-punk era. Having spent time working with avant-garde guitarist Glenn Branca in his 'orchestra for guitars', he joined with one of Branca's other disciples, Thurston Moore, in forming Sonic Youth, who would take Branca's teachings and practice of using alternative guitar tunings on board. The Youth gradually developed their sound from the harsh, no-wave-influenced approach of their early records, eventually hitting on a monumental creative peak with the seminal Daydream Nation. Since then they've continued to release excellent records and inspire any number of new bands.

Incidentally, Ranaldo's lyrics directly inspired the name of this here blog. Needless to say I'm a big fan.

Full details of the festival here:

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