Serious Traditional Fun, with David Nigel Lloyd
Song poets like David Nigel Lloyd deserve to be taken seriously. His command over his chosen style of music, and his "incredible Lloyd fingerstyle" is legendary.
Mairéid Sullivan: We're arrived at a juncture of serious change - economy in tatters, habitat / health under serious threat, etc. How do you feel about the current 'atmosphere' for arts practitioners?
David Nigel Lloyd: That to me was the meaning of the Gerald Griffin poem I quote in Fall of Jack O'Lantern:
MS. Can you tell us a bit about how you developed your particular style of arts practice?
DNL. I enjoy performing. As an artist, that is my anchor. Otherwise, I don't think I could deal with the disinterest. And, of course, you find people are interested when you perform. Just not many. There is a history, a poetry and a purpose to this music. Many people simply call it a lilt; and it has been my passion or obsession for most of my life. I've performed throughout the West, mostly as a solo artist, for 20 years."..."My mentor and sometimes teacher was the Scottish singer, poet and harper Robin Williamson — the same Robin Williamson whom Led Zeplin said inspired "Stairway to Heaven."
MS. How old were you when you found your instrument?
DNL. I was 16 when I took up the guitar. I worked very hard to develop a distinctive sound. So I perform, mostly in finger style, with three different guitars–non-traditional traditional music is unique but not without precedent.
Loosely categorized as a Celtic musician, David Nigel Lloyd's style uniquely blends British and American folk material with the acute perspective of the poet. "During the 1960s," Lloyd explains, "there was a wild group of players in Britain I call the non-traditional traditionalists. They saw the old ballads, Delta blues, beat poetry, and Zen teaching tales, for instance, as essentially the same thing. They were visionaries and they made some extraordinary music. Though their approach is mostly discounted today, we plan to reinstate it. We are firmly in that non-tradition."
In his first years in Loa Angeles area, David Nigel Lloyd dabbled in theatre and film.
We are heartened that David Nigel Lloyd continues to pursue his music.