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The Wire Tapper 33

Track 8

"Four Hills"

From Lanterns EP

Dublin born guitarist John McGrath’s debut EP of solo acoustic instrumentals combines static drones, glitches and contemporary techniques with rich harmonics and intricate fingerpicking. His versatile experimental approach, reminiscent of Jim O’Rourke, Christian Fennesz and Marc Ribot, pushes at the boundaries of new guitar music and the UK avant folk scene. McGrath recently supported Richard Dawson and performed with Rhys Chatham and Dustin Wong. He has just completed a PhD on Beckett, repetition and modern music, and is currently a lecturer in Music Aesthetics at the University of Liverpool.