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01Alex Kapranos20111128Following on from the success of her first series, legendary guitarist, singer and songwriter, Joan Armatrading, brings together a collection of great guitarists form around the world, in this five part series.
Alex Kapranos, front man of the Scottish band, Franz Ferdinand has captured Joan's attention for this great musical sense and performance.
She brings out the staccato style of his guitar, the tone changes in the music, the influence of his Greek heritage, and the importance of the Glasgow art scene to his ideas about and attitude towards music.
Producer: Kate Bland
A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.
Joan Armatrading talks to Alex Kapranos, lead guitar of Scottish band Franz Ferdinand.
02Sharon Isbin20111129Following on from the success of her first series, legendary guitarist, singer and songwriter, Joan Armatrading, brings together a collection of great guitarists from around the world, in this five part series.
In today's programme she meets Sharon Isbin, America's leading Classical guitarist and winner of 2 Grammys for her guitar playing: virtually unheard of in the Classical music world.
Joan hears how Sharon has recorded with a diverse range of musicians around the world, adding richness and complexity to the classical guitar repertoire.
Sharon describes her rendition of older pieces and her care to set them in an accurate musical context for their time.
Producer: Kate Bland
A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.
Joan Armatrading talks to leading American Classical guitarist, Sharon Isbin.
03Richard Thompson20111130Following on from the success of her first series, legendary guitarist, singer and songwriter, Joan Armatrading, brings together a collection of great guitarists from around the world, in this five part series.
In today's programme, she talks to Richard Thompson, the guitarist's guitarist and all round philosopher.
Inspired by Django Rheinhardt, Richard is the Fairport Convention veteran guitarist who brought the excitement of rock to British folk music.
Producer: Susan Marling
A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.
Joan Armatrading talks to folk guitarist Richard Thompson.
04Jennifer Batten20111201Following on from the success of her first series, legendary guitarist, singer and songwriter, Joan Armatrading, brings together a collection of great guitarists from around the world, in this five part series.
In today's programme she talks to the American rock chick, effects supremo, shredder and tapper Jennifer Batten, who rose to fame with Michael Jackson and then Jeff Beck.
Jennifer is the one of the world's great session guitarists with an added ability to perform.
She was Jackson's 'blonde twin' who he dressed in camp outfits and choreographed her to fly to stage alongside him.
She never tires of pushing her guitar to the limits, finding the latest technology and effects to dazzle her listeners.
Producer: Kate Bland
A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.
Joan talks to the American rock chick and effects supremo, Jennifer Batten.
05 LASTBaaba Maal20111202Following on from the success of her first series, legendary guitarist, singer and songwriter, Joan Armatrading, brings together a collection of great guitarists from around the world, in this five part series.
In today's programme she transforms listeners to the northern most reaches of Senegal and the music and culture of Baaba Maal, an inspirational musician at home and abroad.
She hears about the core of classical music at the heart of traditional and contemporary music, the range of instruments that make up the beautiful sounds from the region and the extraordinary position of Senegal in Africa, a meeting place for Arabic and African cultures.
Baaba demonstrates some different tunings to Joan, that reveal the geographic and cultural origins of the music; he also discusses the resurgence of interest in traditional music among young musicians in Dakar.
Producer: Kate Bland
A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.
Joan Armatrading talks to the revered Senegalese guitarist Baaba Maal.

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