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So I think I’m going to try to play this one a little differently. In part because I don’t want to be predictable and also because right now I don’t have the energy to write about ‘real’ people if that makes any sense. Hopefully the people who are my true favourite folk already know it so I won’t embarrass them here! Emily is not impressed.
I thought about who my favourite folk are who I don’t personally know and thought I’d write about a few of them instead. Also I guess there’s potential for crossover with May’s post Dream Dinner Party so I’ll deliberately avoid those names as well…
First up is my favourite guitarist: Andy McKee.
This is the guy who really opened my eyes to how many different things you can do with a guitar. I’ve met Andy very briefly a couple of times and not only is he a phenomenal guitarist, but he’s also an incredibly nice guy. Here’s a link to what I think is one of his most impressive tracks:
Next up I’d like to mention Russell Brand, who in all honesty I used to think was a massive dick but has completely won my admiration and respect over the past year or so. Now I’m not going to tell you that I think he’s going to lead us into a new age, or that he should be Prime Minister or anything like that and I don’t think he wants anyone to either, but I will say that he has begun to capture the interest and imagination of a lot of like minded people, and has used his platform to eloquently and more importantly accurately express the feelings of those people toward the current political system in the UK. This clip of his interview with Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight is in my opinion one of the best exchanges I have ever seen and how interviews should be when discussing serious matters.
Lastly, because three is a nice number to round off a post like this with, is Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir. I first learnt of Rebekka several years ago when I read an article about how her photographs had been effectively stolen and sold online without her permission, a case which she thankfully won. I instantly became a fan of her photography and have followed her on Flickr ever since. Then I discovered she also made the most beautiful sweaters (at a high price, though is don’t think she does them any more due to how time consuming they became) and still want one to this day!
You can check out her Flickr page here