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On April 13th, over twenty guitarists will descend upon John Fahey’s boyhood home of Takoma Park, Maryland, for an event called The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose – A Festival of American Primitive Guitar. The three-day festival—the first of its kind—is the brainchild of guitarists/scholars Glenn Jones and Jesse Sheppard, and features, in addition to the performances, a panel discussion, rare film screenings, and a social room with community vendors. The festival coincides with the compilation The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose –American Primitive Guitar & Banjo (1963-1974), to be released on CD and triple vinyl via the Craft label on March 23rd.

 

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Celebrating the spirit of John Fahey, Jack Rose and other practitioners of American primitive guitar, The Thousand Incarnations of The Rose took place in Takoma Park, MD between April 13 and April 15. Panelists and performers included Susan Alcorn, Byron Coley, Glenn Jones, Leah Toth, Rob Noyes, Chuck Johnson and many more.

 

We collected some of the tweets, photos and videos related to the festival

 














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