The story goes that Ian A. Anderson and Gef Lucena were walking the streets of Clifton, trying to come up with a name for their new record label. At the time (the early 70s) Greenwich Village was the natural mecca destination for any musician worth his 12-string, so the pair had taken to referring to their slice of Bristol as ‘Clifton Village’ (long before this was taken up by estate agents across the land, albeit in a very different fashion). And so The Village Thing was born; home to a great many extraordinary talents, not least of all Dave Evans. Since then, Evans has rightfully earned cult status amongst anyone with an eye for the fingerpicking style of guitar playing. Even the most cursory glance at his ‘Old Grey Whistle Test’ session is enough to leave one spellbound – Lou Reed (in the audience at the time) was said to have been completely mesmerised by Evans’ phenominal – yet seemingly effortless – touch. His uniquely beautiful songs will be reissued by Earth in 2017, alongside new liner notes by guitarist (and fan) Steve Gunn.