Ed was excellent through the entire booking process for our wedding. He was quick to respond and quick to offer feedback. He showed up early to set up and acted kind and respectful the whole night. Ran through all the cues with us and played beautifully. Everyone for the rest of the night kept commenting on how well he played and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to book a guitarist for their wedding. Plus he plays the banjo...which is awesome.
All of the sample instrumental guitar music is played on one guitar, there are no guitar overdubs. The ensemble selections are of course multi-instrumental.
1991 September, Ed won the coveted National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.
2014 February, Ed received the Dr. Marie Ann Vos Music Leadership Award from the Board of Trustees for the McHenry County Music Center. The annual presentation of the Vos Music Leadership Award is presented to Ed Hall for championship level fingerpicking guitar playing and teaching, a prolific performer throughout the Midwest, and producer of 200 shows at the Woodstock Opera House bringing nationally known guitarists and singers to McHenry County. For more than 40 years Ed Hall has been an exceptional promoter of musical arts in our community. The presentation was made at the Raue Center for the arts in Crystal Lake, IL in a special ceremony during the McHenry County Youth Orchestra winter Pops Concert on February 23, 2014.
Ed expertise on the 5-string banjo is uniquely his own style. Fast and precise, Ed's style is one of a kind. His remarkable and inspiring arrangement of Soldier's Joy with the Star Spangled banner is a show stopper and a tribute to American service personnel across the globe.
Ed also plays guitar and banjo and tours with the eclectic/acoustic quartet Trillium, specializing in Celtic, swing, ragtime, dixieland, country, and bluegrass music. Check out Trillium: trillium acoustic/eclectic band or trilliumtheband.
Ed also has been performing around the country with Jeff Friedlander as the duo Friedlander and Hall for the past 40 years.