He may not have been the first to play a fiddle tune on guitar (see Joe Maphis and Jimmy Bryant), nor the first to fingerpick accompaniment to an old-time song for urban folk audiences (see Mike Seeger and Dave Van Ronk), nor even the first to flatpick
a lead guitar break in a string-band setting (see Don Reno and George Shuffler).
His book of guitar compositions and arrangements, Adventures with a Flatpick
, was published in 2001, and his 1998 solo CD Fretwork was described as "a stunning and stylistically-varied album, heaving with good tunes, from one of the UK's most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists" by Folk Roots.
Winner of the Edale Bluegrass Flatpick
Guitar competition at 16, he's also an excellent tenor banjo and mandolin player.
Brad Davis teaches FLATPICKING THE BLUES (0786675136, $39.95) using a blend of DVD, audio cd and book to impart the basics of how to flatpick
Beth and Lucy Holland play bass and mandolin, Alistair Burgess is on flatpicked
guitar and vocals, Andy Lockyer plays a mean banjo and Mark Jones is on guitar.