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Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt: the 10 guitarists that blew my mind

9. Jerry Donahue

“He was in Fairport Convention, Fotheringay and another band called The Hellecasters. It’s almost like he’s more of a country guy that ended up in folk music. And what he plays just works – it’s hard to get any more tasteful than him. The Fotheringay album that he did with Sandy Denny from 1970 was my introduction to him. 

“I’ve definitely emulated Jerry for my clean sounds – perhaps him, Andy Latimer and Jan Akkerman, who should also be in the list somehow. I heard those guys and realised, ‘Okay that’s me… that’s how I want to sound!’ And now I do apparently – Steven Wilson even came up with a name for it, ‘The Lonely Swede’. So I guess that’s me, but really it’s Jerry Donahue, if you know what I mean!”