Tribute to the late Reverend Gary Davis

It's an instrumental, but a little about the song...

Newcastle businessman Maurice Summerfield had a passion for the jazz guitar and became the main distributor for Ibanez from the late 1960s up until the late 1980s.

Counting artists such as Scotty Moore, George Benson, Joan Armatrading and Ivor Mairants as close friends, Maurice was obviously no slouch in the guitar fraternity.

In 1979 my cousin Jamie Harwood landed a dream job with Maurice’s company as trainee instrument repairer, making him the happiest kid in our village.

It was through this job that he sourced our first vintage guitars (such as the 1969 Daphne blue Fender Mustang and red 1961 Fender Stratocaster) used on early Daintee’s classics such as Roll on Summertime and Neon Skies.

One night after work, Jamie brought home some guitar books published by Stefan Grossman on his Yahoo label. These contained many rags from artists such as Scott Joplin, Blind Willie McTell, Blind Blake, Doc Watson, Reverend Gary Davis and Etta Baker, with old black and white photographs to match; this truly fired the imagination.

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