redux: The Summit County Songwriters Circle has invited me
to reprise the workshop I presented at the KSU folk festival last
year. It's called "Chord Progressions Demystified",
and it's an explanation of how harmonic structures and the major
scale work together. This basic musical knowledge is important
for anyone who wants to write songs or improvise, and can also
help in understanding, learning and anticipating chord changes
in any kind of music. The workshop takes place on Monday, January
17 at 7:00 and is free and open to the public. Directions and
more are available on the SCSC website at www.songwritersummit.com/
2010 Kent State Folk Festival: I was asked to direct the workshops
this year at the KSU folk festival, and I think they're pretty
well set. The festival runs from November 17 - 20, 2010, with
the workshops happening on Saturday afternoon, November 20, from
11:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you've attended the workshops before,
you'll find much that's familiar as well as a few new wrinkles.
If you've never been, well, you've just gotta come! We've got
five rooms plus the Kiva filled with some of the most talented
local and regional musicians you'll ever hear. Some of the workshops
are educational, some are interactive, and others are just some
fine players doing what they do best, making great music. Come
listen, dance, learn and have fun!
Update: Things are slowly coming together for the May/June
tour. I'm actually going to be on the road more than I thought
originally, starting in Knoxville, going out to the west coast
and back through Colorado. I have a few anchor gigs scheduled
and some more tentative, to be (hopefully) filled in with lots
of coffee houses and other small venues. Anyone who has suggestions
for places to play on that approximate route, please let me know.
This will be the most extensive performance tour I've made since
I used to play with a travelling show band, and that was a loooong
time ago! With any luck, I'll run out of CDs...
got another great review on the new cd from FolkWorld:
"A strikingly beautiful rendition of the John Dowland piece
Flow My Tears seems to bring out the best of Keans
guitar playing, matched only by his original piece After
the Harvest, for which Kean won the 2008 Kent State Folk
Festival talent contest..."
Check out this one and many more on the Press
Now on MySpace!
(...more "in case that wasn't enough!")
Ball - Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 pm I'm not playing in it this year, but one of the best shows
for acoustic guitar fans is Brian Henke's benefit for the Northeast
Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, the Woodchoppers Ball. Featuring
nine top guitarists from around the country and beyond, these
shows are tops in "Wow factor" and support a good cause
as well. More info:
Rave reviews and boffo kudos! The New York Times gushes, "One
of the top two or three hundred acoustic guitarists in Kent Ohio..."
Well, OK, not really, but I did get a couple of nice online reviews
recently for the new CD - check 'em out on the new Press
page. In the interest of more shameless self-promotion, I've added
a few of the more complimentary comments folks have sent me (somehow,
the catcalls and scathing remarks have been lost...). If anyone
feels like saying anything else, I'd love to have you add your
glowing review to the New River Guitarism page at CDBaby.
Here! : The new CD is out and available at last! For all who've
expressed interest I appreciate your patience and I hope you find
it worth the wait. The name is "New
River Guitarism" and several of the songs were inspired
by the New River Gorge in West Virginia where I've been going
for years to rock climb, raft and just enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Please check it out, listen to the sample clips here
or on CDBaby and
let me know what you think! The music is all guitar, mostly fingerstyle
and mostly original, with a fiddle tune and a renaissance song
tossed in for good measure. I like it, I hope you will too.
combo...Dave Howard and I are working as a duo these days.
Dave is well known around Northeast Ohio as a luthier and guitar
repairman as well as a fine guitarist. He also plays mandolin,
and he and I are doing an eclectic mix of originals, fiddle tunes,
swing, blues and country songs that'll keep you guessing as well
as tapping your foot (multiple feet are also encouraged!). Check
out the schedule page for dates or sign up for the newsletter
for up-to-date info. Also, you can see us on YouTube doing the
traditional "Salt Creek" and
one of my tunes, "One More Tear"
along with a couple of videos of my solo work.
New Music! "After
the Harvest", performed at the Kent State Folk Festival I was honored as the winner of the Kent State Folk Festival
talent contest this year, and my prize was to open up the Nanci
Griffith show on Saturday night. It was truly a rewarding experience,
and I got some wonderful feedback from my performance. I almost
didn't make it to the contest on time because I was playing in
the Fiddle Tunes workshop in the 4-5 o'clock slot and apparently
the contestants hit the downbeat right at 5 ( I rolled in as #4
was finishing up). Fate was kind, however, and they had me at
the #8 slot, and the rest is (minor) history. I played one of
the songs from the CD I'm currently recording, and here it is
for free download.
on Youtube! The Summit County Songwriter's Circle has put
a couple of videos of yours truly up on the most addictive site
around. If you can take the multimedia onslaught of seeing and
hearing me at the same time, you might want to check them out
(if for no other reason than to see me make funny faces when the
monitors starting fuzzing out in the middle of Just One Dream!)
like to thank everyone who has supported me and my music. As most
of you know, I've been struggling with tendonitis in my left arm
(guitar elbow?) but we seem to have come to a truce these days,
and I am playing again. So again, thanks for your support and
I hope to be back to what passes for normalcy again soon.
thanks to all those who voted for me in the Folkalley.com Open
Mic contest. I didn't win, but I turned in a respectable showing,
especially for an instrumental. If you haven't been there yet,
Folk Alley is a radio website that plays folk/acoustic music around
the clock, good stuff! Check it out at: www.folkalley.com