English guitarist C Joynes, a resident of Cambridge, has a heavy thumb-led finger-picking technique that harks back to traditional country-blues and early ragtime. However, he uses this technique to explore alternative melodic traditions: the English folk-tune; North and West African music; elements of classical Indian music; proto-minimalist and impressionist musics from the European classical tradition. His approach to the recording and compositional process contains a subtle and unassuming experimentation, at times including collaged fragments, field recordings, processing, en-plein-air recordings, and cut-and-paste. – Rhodri Davies
C Joynes has released six albums to date, including most recently, Split Electric (Thread Recordings, 2016) – a split album of solo electric guitar recordings with Nick Jonah Davis – and The Wild Wild Berry (Bo'Weavil Recordings, 2012) – a collaboration with folk singer Stephanie Hladowski.
Joynes has played extensively across the UK, Europe and the USA, sharing bills with performers including Martin Carthy, Shirley Collins, Richard Dawson, Alasdair Roberts and Jack Rose.