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Follow Michael's string of successes; Folk.

Byline: PETE WILLOW

GUITAR innovator Michael Chapman launches a new season tomorrow at Brinklow's Wurzel Bush Folk Club.

Among his classic albums on EMI's Harvest label was the 1970 recording, Fully Qualified Survivor, featuring guitarist Mick Ronson and Steeleye Span bass-player Rick Kemp. It was acclaimed by John Peel as best album of that year and included Chapman's most famous song Postcards of Scarborough.

Chapman refused to mellow with age and the 90s saw some powerful experimental work with sequencers and sampling on Geordies Down The Road, an anthem to unemployment in the North East.

The decade also saw such highly-acclaimed albums as Navigation, Dreaming Out Loud and Twisted Road and his recent travels in the USA have resulted in his Americana instrumental CDs, demonstrating that Chapman's guitar playing is as breathtaking as ever.

Tomorrow's show at the British Legion, Heath Lane, starts at 8.15pm.

Details on 01788 832021.

VIRTUOSO fingerstyle guitarist Davy Graham heads to Coventry next week.

He became a powerful presence in the acoustic folk-rock scene throughout the 1960s and released a string of albums with music from all around the world in all kinds of genres.

Davy's best-known composition Anji has been covered by many top guitarists including Bert Jansch and Paul Simon. Catch him on Wednesday at Taylor John's House by the canal basin in Coventry.

THE search is on for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winner 2007.

Folk and acoustic musicians aged between 15-20 will perform at a semifinal audition in Stratford Civic Hall including a free admission public concert on October 14. Shortlisted acts will go through to the final to be held in London on December 1 and the winners will appear at Cambridge, Towersey and Fairport's Cropredy Convention festivals.

To reserve free tickets for the Stratford show call 01789 207100.

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Date:Oct 6, 2006
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