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Welcome Back: Michael Chapman - veteran progressive singer-songwriter returns

The veteran British jazz-blues strummer is unsung at home, but he’s inspiring a new breed of American musos.

Exactly half a decadehas passed since Michael Chapman made his live debut, during which time he has established himself as one of Britain’s most progressive singer-guitarists, creating work in which rock, blues, jazz and avant-folk share equal weight. In recent times he’s become the unofficial totem for a dazzling new breed of US players, some of whom – Steve Gunn, Nathan Bowles, James Elkington – fetch up on the 75-year-old’s ravishing new album, the aptly titled 50.

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