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After fruitless attempts to learn the violin and piano I became obsessed with the guitar at the age of ten after a student teacher we had at the time one day brought her guitar in to school. It was a truly life changing moment.

Fortunately my brother had been given a classical guitar and I wasted no time in “stealing” it and teaching myself a reasonable repertoire of chords. Somehow it felt the most natural thing in the world (the chords not the stealing bit!).

Eventually I acquired my own axe, a magnificent Kay steel string acoustic bought off the catalogue. On this instrument I learned the songs of Paul Simon and made my first, nervous public performance as part of a duo with my mate Adrian Shearing - with whom I have collaborated many times over the years - at a secondary school on Hayling Island, on the same bill as Julia Fordham.

Sometime during the late 1970’s everything changed. The local radio folk music show played a strangely exotic song accompanied by the most otherworldly guitar playing I had ever heard. The song was called “Seven Yellow Gypsies” and was performed by a chap called Martin Carthy. It was my first conscious experience of traditional music. It was a revelation and I was hooked.

After that I would tape the programme every week and play the results to my school mates who, to my constant surprise, were largely unmoved by the likes of Carthy, Nic Jones, Planxty and Bert Jansch. This was after all the heyday of punk rock, although it largely passed me by.

However, the discovery of the electric guitar a few years later sent me down the road to the land of pub rock with a succession of bands and though not entirely neglected, folk music took a temporary back seat while new musical influences such as Led Zeppelin, The Stranglers, XTC, Jimmy Hendrix and Frank Zappa and later Pat Metheny and John Schofield were belatedly discovered and revisited.

In 1990 I enrolled at Musicians’ Institute, Hollywood, California, which provided the formal musical education and training that I had previously rejected but which now made more sense to me. This was a fantastic learning experience and gave me a musical discipline I might not otherwise have acquired, however, upon returning to London I once more returned to my folk roots where I felt most at ease and this is where I feel I belong. Since this time I have played at a variety of clubs, festivals with an eclectic mix of people and bands and am presently pursuing a solo career, performing and recording mostly traditional music from the British Isles. I have produced two solo albums to date, “Work and Strong Beer”, and “Villains, Love and Justice” and I am currently planning my third.

Julian Longden Julian Longden, Chichester, Britain (UK)

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    Palm Sunday at 4.21
    on April 21, 2014 22:36

    That really is very, very good.

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    Fadeing away at 0.15
    on January 30, 2014 02:39

    I've really enjoyed listening to your music. Looking forward to hearing more.

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    Epicfailure at 0.58
    on January 30, 2014 02:36

    This is really good. Love it.

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    02 - Willum and Me (Tom Richardson and Peter An... at 1.01
    on December 25, 2013 16:24

    I recognise that tune! Makes a lovely instrumental. Great job, love it.

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    John Grumlie at 1.27
    on March 17, 2013 23:58

    @robynyoulten: Wow what lovely comments! Thank you so much my friend.

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    Walking Home With You at 1.32
    on March 07, 2013 13:16

    Lovely song, great harmonies. Thanks guys.

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    John Grumlie at 1.09
    on February 12, 2013 12:23
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    John Grumlie at 0.39
    on February 12, 2013 12:22

    @John Laurence: No! Don't do that John!

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    03 The Last Train from Poor Valley at 0.51
    on January 31, 2013 12:44

    You've really nailed those harmonies. Lovely.

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    07 The Blackest Crow at 3.30
    on January 31, 2013 12:34

    Beautiful song beautifully sung. Thank you

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    Just As The Tide Was Flowing at 0.27
    on January 30, 2013 19:58

    @Julian Longden: Looking forward to listening to your music.

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    Just As The Tide Was Flowing at 0.27
    on January 30, 2013 19:57

    @Helber Sisters: Thank you, I'm really glad you like it.

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    Just As The Tide Was Flowing at 1.42
    on January 30, 2013 00:58

    @Rónán Kearney: Thanks Ronan and thanks Chris!

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    Longlife BatteryBoy Chris O at 1.02
    on December 22, 2012 21:38

    Nice one Chris

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    John Grumlie at 0.54
    on December 16, 2012 10:30

    @Mark A. Pierce: Praise indeed Mark, thank you

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    John Grumlie at 1.16
    on December 13, 2012 22:32

    @uk_folk_music: Thank you Alan

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    John Grumlie at 0.31
    on December 13, 2012 22:31
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    John Grumlie at 2.33
    on November 23, 2012 14:33

    @Jordan Cannady: Thank you yet again Jordan. Your opinion is greatly valued. Cheers!

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    The Lowlands of Holland at 2.06
    on November 08, 2012 00:37

    @Daniel Perichino: Thank you, thats really very kind of you.

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    The Wassailing Song at 2.16
    on November 06, 2012 11:14

    Nice job, really enjoyed it.

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    We Poor Labouring Men at 0.39
    on November 02, 2012 18:24

    @jodyrule: Many thanks indeed my friend.

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    The Seven Gypsies at 4.09
    on October 24, 2012 23:01

    @Idris Davies: Thanks for your kind comments. Track uploaded.

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    A Little Before Me Time at 0.16
    on October 16, 2012 11:13

    @user113794061: Thank you so much

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    We Poor Labouring Men at 2.18
    on October 16, 2012 11:12
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    The Lowlands of Holland at 3.45
    on October 10, 2012 16:37
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    The Lowlands of Holland at 1.35
    on October 08, 2012 20:41
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    A Little Before Me Time at 2.51
    on October 02, 2012 23:17

    @Karl Robins: Hi Karl and thank you for your most generous comments.

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    A Little Before Me Time at 1.45
    on September 28, 2012 10:58

    @Andy Archer: Thanks Andy. I do have a plan. Watch this space!

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    A Little Before Me Time at 1.01
    on September 28, 2012 10:56

    @Chris O (2): Thanks for that Chris

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    A Little Before Me Time at 2.59
    on September 27, 2012 15:32

    @Tom Richardson Goodrich: Thanks Tom. I've always loved fiddle and guitar together.

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    Don't Think Twice (cover) at 1.27
    on September 17, 2012 13:28

    Love this song. Thanks for sharing Jordan

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    Bukkake ruined my carpet at 1.33
    on September 13, 2012 12:07
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    We Poor Labouring Men at 3.58
    on September 12, 2012 14:29

    @Jordan Cannady: Thank you kindly Jordan.

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    The Mouldering Hand at 0.49
    on September 12, 2012 14:29
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    Bukkake ruined my carpet at 1.33
    on September 12, 2012 14:25

    Nice one Andy. Whats bukkake then?

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    We Poor Labouring Men at 0.57
    on September 12, 2012 11:00
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    We Poor Labouring Men at 0.31
    on September 11, 2012 14:11

    @jodyrule: Thank you so much for your extremely kind comments. Much appreciated.

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    We Poor Labouring Men at 0.25
    on September 11, 2012 13:40

    @Karl Robins: Karl thank you so much for your kind comments. Much appreciated as ever.

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    Tralee Gaol - Alan Morley at 1.32
    on September 04, 2012 13:57

    Great stuff Alan. Love the contrast in musical styles, it really works.

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    The Rover Reformed at 3.54
    on July 18, 2012 11:58

    @Tom Richardson Goodrich: Thanks Tom, took a little while to nail it though!

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