Folk Guitar Great Michael Chapman Dead At 80


Michael Chapman, an English folk singer-songwriter and guitar virtuoso has died. “It is with regret and unspeakable sadness that we must inform all of Michael Chapman’s friends that he passed away at home earlier today,” reads a message on his official Instagram. The cause of death has yet to be determined. He was 80 years old at the time.

Chapman was born in 1941 in Hunslet, West Yorkshire, and attended art college in Leeds, where he also played in local jazz bands while working as an art and photography instructor. He began performing on the folk and progressive music circuits in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and his debut album Rainmaker was released on Harvest in 1969.

“I had an art college background and went into a pub in Cornwall on a rainy night in 1966, but I couldn’t afford to pay to go in,” Chapman says on his website. “So I said, you know what, I don’t want to stay outside in the rain, so I’ll play guitar for you for half an hour.” They gave me a job for the remainder of the summer, and I’ve been working there ever since.”

Despite the fact that Chapman was not a household name, he was praised by musicians such as Elton John, Thurston Moore, William Tyler, and Ryley Walker. He kept working and composing music for decades, and his Steve Gunn-produced album 50 in 2017 marked his half-century as a professional artist. Gunn also worked on his final studio album, True North, due out in 2019.

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