John Carnie is based in Aberdeen and is an occasional contributor to Living Tradition with his most recent article being in 2008 on the history of flatpicking guitar. He is a singer and guitarist who plays traditional tunes and blues on the guitar and has long been involved in the music scene in Scotland.
He was heavily involved in running Aberdeen Aberdeen Folk Club through the 1990s and at that time was playing in Desperate Danz Band and Off the Tracks. He has more recently been involved in teaching at the Scottish Culture and Tradition organisation. He is currently researching for a forthcoming book on Scottish guitar playing styles. His recent cd "Far from Home" was album of the week in September 2009 for Celtic Music Radio and he was also involved in the recent Greentrax "People and Songs of the Sea" compilation cd. He is also involved full time in running a tourism organisation in Deeside.
John lists his 'Desert Island Discs' as follows:
Richard Thompson - The Old Kit Bag
Bob Dylan -Modern Times
Altan - Local Ground
Rory Gallagher - Fresh Evidence
John Coltrane - Giant Steps
The Bothy Band - First album
Tony Rice Unit - Backwaters
5 Hand Reel - The Earl of Moray
Blind Boy Fuller - East Coast Piedmont Blues
Runrig - The Stamping Ground