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Jim Ghedi (and Friends) in Crookes and the Moss Valley

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A finger style guitarist with a uniquely impassioned vocal style, Jim Ghedi was born and brought up in the Crookes area of Sheffield. He takes Matthew Bannister to his Nan and Grandad’s terraced house where he spent his early childhood. There was always music in the house, much of it Irish and often the Dubliners. Jim rejected folk music at first, but found his way back to it as a teenager. Now he’s steeped in the tradition, citing the guitar playing of Bert Jansch and the singing of Norma Waterson as influences. At a beautiful vantage point at the top of one of Sheffield’s seven hills, we are joined by his friends dbh (on fiddle) and Neil Heppleston (on double bass). And when we head for the Moss Valley on the outskirts of the city, dbh and Neil come too, creating a first for Folk on Foot – the joy of lifting a double bass over a stile. We discuss the importance of the right to roam and the pioneers who staged mass trespasses to secure it. There’s also time to share our love of the film “Kes” and for Jim to explain that the true inspiration for his songs can sometimes reveal itself to him months after he has written them.


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