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Sunrise : Bill MacKay Plays The Songs of John Hulburt

by Bill MacKay

Sunrise 03:53


Tompkins Square and Ryley Walker teamed up to produce a reissue of guitarist John Hulburt's 1972 private press LP, Opus III, released in 2015. Ryley and Bill MacKay released their duo LP, Land of Plenty, this year as well. And now Bill MacKay releases his own album of John Hulburt tunes !

Through his extensive work in creative folk, experimental rock, and improvised jazz, Bill MacKay has emerged as a highly inventive composer-songwriter and versatile, unpredictable guitarist. MacKay's recent releases include a duo record with Ryley Walker entitled 'Land of Plenty', and 'Altamira', the third recording by his band Darts & Arrows. MacKay is now featured on Tompkins Square in a unique setting playing music by Chicago folk legend John Hulburt.

'Sunrise: Bill MacKay plays the songs of John Hulburt' features MacKay's intimate takes on a handful of songs from Hulburt's 'Opus III' LP. 'Opus III' demonstrates Hulburt's incisive and melodic songwriting and sure command of fingerstyle guitar.

Rather than radically reinterpret the material, MacKay chose to largely follow the contours and melodic structures of Hulburt's originals while imparting his own unique phrasing and colors to the arrangements. His very personal interpretations on Sunrise should lead listeners not only to 'Opus III', but also to MacKay's own impressive and diverse catalog of songs and sounds.


released December 11, 2015


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Tompkins Square San Francisco, California

Tompkins Square label, established in 2005, has released acclaimed recordings by artists such as William Tyler, Gwenifer Raymond, Ryley Walker and Michael Chapman as well as reissues of folk, old-timey, gospel and American Primitive Guitar. The label has received 8 Grammy nominations. ... more

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