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St. Lawrence Arts presents a night of Maine finger choosing guitar

A few of Maine’s best guitar pickers are getting collectively on stage at 6 pm on Sunday, Nov. 20, at St. Lawrence Arts in Portland.

Denny Breau

Breau is a triple risk: a consummate picker, evocative songwriter, and a singer with a voice that’s heat and alluring however utterly unpretentious — very like the singer himself, in response to Fortunate Clark, Kennebec Journal.

Breau’s household is music royalty within the state — his dad and mom have been nation music singers who recorded for RCA Victor and his late brother Lenny was a famend jazz guitarist. Denny himself began performing in his teenagers and was inducted into the Maine Nation Music Corridor of Fame in 2004. His rhythmically flawless and dazzlingly clear type permits him to do superb and gorgeous issues with a six-string guitar. He mixes genres with ease — folks, Delta blues, nation and jazz — “creating a completely accessible musical mélange that captivates because it entertains,” in response to Clark.

Sean Mencher

Mencher is, fingers down, one of many best guitarists ever to name Maine house, Chris Busby wrote in The Bollard in his evaluate of Mencher’s newest album.

Together with his type, a mixture of Merle Travis and Scotty Moore with some jazz thrown in for good measure, and together with his positive style he gained a well-deserved fame on the scene. He additionally performed with Wayne Hancock and Dig Wayne (Buzz and the Flyers) and together with his deep data of Rockabilly and different associated genres, he additionally produced bands like Croonin’ Kurt, the Gin Palace Jesters, the Starline Rhythm Boys and the Twilite Ranchers.

Gary Richardson

Richardson resides in Portland. He does music manufacturing and composition for nationwide, regional and native TV, radio and documentaries. He began taking part in guitar in 1966 at age 11 then professionally at age 12. He performs solo, in bands and as a studio musician on different artists tasks. He additionally arranges and produces singer/songwriters. Richardson has traveled extensively offering music for retreats and workshops.

Peter Albert

Peter Albert, a lifelong resident of Maine, is an achieved musician with over 30 years of expertise as a solo guitarist. Beginning within the 60s taking part in covers by the Beatles, the Stones, the Byrds, and Dylan and steadily discovering his technique to the blues, he put collectively his first blues band in 1969 referred to as Home made Blues. “There was a whole lot of spontaneity in that band, each night time was a jam, we have been the one band round on the time that simply went up on stage and let the music take over.” It was within the early seventies when Albert heard a good friend play classical guitar “I used to be utterly in awe, having been completely ear taught, seeing this structured, disciplined method made me understand how restricted my data was.” For the following 10 years I’ve tuned out virtually all the things else and centered on the classical guitar. “I nonetheless took gigs with bands right here and there however my coronary heart was within the classical type.” He studied classical guitar with John McLaren and the late Walter Spaulding (College of Maine) and in addition participated in a grasp class given by Cuban virtuoso guitarist Rey de la Torre.

Finally, Albert expanded the classical approach he had discovered to the metal string acoustic, giving him a technique of staying artistic by writing his personal instrumental compositions. Different necessary influences embody John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Adrian Legg, Michael Hedges, Kenny Burrell, Pat Martino, Julian Bream, Ravi Shankar. He performs dwell all through Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, and has opened many exhibits for nationwide acts.

Hugh Bowdon

As a youth in rural Maine, Hugh Bowden taught himself to play the guitar after changing into captivated by the music of legendary guitarist Chet Atkins. Bowden, who now lives in Ellsworth, has carried out broadly all through Maine and past for a number of a long time, each as a solo fingerstyle guitarist and singer and as a member of a number of small musical teams, in numerous types of music. Lately, he has concentrated totally on instrumental jazz and whereas creating a considerable library of his personal musical compositions, each vocal and instrumental.

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