Jim Ghedi hails from the South Yorkshire hills and although clearly well versed in the history of British folk music, he stands out as a potential torch bearer for a new generation of respectful yet experimental performers.
Whilst Ghedi’s previous idiosyncratic take on folk has often been instrumental, his new album In The Furrows Of Common Place is a deeper plunge inside himself to offer up more of his voice to accompany his profoundly unique and moving compositions. Departing away from previous work, here he draws from social-political observations, contemporary songwriting, historical & traditional material and a rich varied number of other inspirations and sources, such as the poetry of John Clare, the writing of Robert Macfarlane and the works of South Yorkshire author Barry Hines.
A brilliant finger-picker and songwriter…shining a welcome light into an underrated genre★★★★ Q
Melodically sublime… although Ghedi’s music is infused with tradition, it’s very much experiencing the present★★★★ Mojo