Ed Hall, National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion

Acoustic Guitar from Harvard, IL - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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65 VERIFIED BOOKINGS
MEMBER SINCE 2010

$150 - $1300 per job
About
Ed Hall is an instrumental fingerstyle guitarist and banjo player. His performances are lively and humorous as well as instrumentally astounding. Ed is one of our most sought after instrumental wedding guitarist's. His professional wedding experience helps guide couples through the music they desire at their ceremony. His repertoire is vast and is always willing to learn and play new music if requested. Ed's music is also ideal for concerts, cafes, and special events such as fingerstyle guitar workshops. His approach to fingerstyle guitar playing has always been to try to arrange pieces for guitar that are not typically played on one guitar, difficult pieces, arranged as accurately as possible by ear. Instrumentals like The William Tell Overture, Hoedown from Rodeo by Copland, and the theme from Peter Gunn are now part of the classic arrangements in his repertoire.

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.
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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.

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Ed was a pleasure to work with and very easy to contact. He played beautiful music for our ceremony and cocktail hour! He learned a song for our day that made it extra special. Thank you so much!!

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Ed was wonderful and came prepared to accommodate our ceremony location.

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We were thrilled with Ed. He did a fabulous job in every respect. He is an excellent musician and very professional. We and our guests were very impressed! I would highly recommend him. Donna Fisher

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Ed was fantastic for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. We received SOOO many compliments on his talent and would highly recommend him for your event! He was super easy to work with as well and accommodating. Thank you so much Ed!

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Ed is beyond talented! He played at my wedding ceremony and cocktail hour and it was beautiful! I can't tell you how many people commented on how great the music was. He also learned "god only knows" by the beach boys for us and his arrangement was absolutely perfect!

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Ed arrived at the event promptly, set up with little assistance, and quietly mesmerized our guests with his wonderful acoustic guitar music. We had numerous positive comments from even the most discriminating music fans and without a doubt, Ed was the perfect choice for our high-end donor event.

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Ed was great to work with prior to and during the event. He was punctual, polite, and very talented. It was a pleasure working with him and our attendees enjoyed his music.

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Ed was a delight to work with and everyone loved his music. Even though the outdoor wedding was quite windy and chilly, Ed warmed the atmosphere with superb, masterful, beautiful music. He was so calm, kind and accommodating agreeing to our special request that he play a tune of his choice on the Martin guitar that had belonged to and been played by the bride's deceased father. Guests were moved to tears. The bride also was so happy that he played a great selection of tunes throughout the whole reception line after the ceremony. We had expected that and it was a true gift. I hope we have another celebration someday soon so we can hire Ed to come play again.

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Ed was great to work for, I would happily recommend Ed to anyone! Jen

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PAST EVENTS
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2015
Dec
23
Guitar Night at The Woodstock Opera House
Woodstock, IL
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
2015
Dec
18
Christmas Party
Oak Park, IL
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2015
Oct
17
Wedding Ceremony
Bloomington, IL
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2015
Sep
26
Leo Kottke at The Woodstock Opera House
Woodstock, IL
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2015
Sep
25
Leo Kottke at The Woodstock Opera House
Woodstock, IL
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2015
Sep
20
Harvest Festival
Woodstock, IL
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2015
Sep
19
Wedding
Milwaukee, WI
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2015
Sep
12
Edwards Apple Orchard with Trillium
Capron, IL
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2015
Sep
11
Wedding Ceremony
Bellevue, IA
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2015
Sep
5
Edwards Apple Orchard with Trillium
Capron, IL
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2015
Jul
25
Wedding Ceremony
Lake Geneva, WI
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
2015
Jul
18
Memorial celebration
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
*SONGS FOR WEDDINGS
SOLO GUITAR INSTRUMENTALS
*The Prayer
Celine Dion/Andreas Bocelli
*Pachelbel's Canon in D Major
Pachelbel
*Minuet in G
Bach
*Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
Bach
Ave Maria
Franz Schubert
God Only Knows
Beach Boys
*The Wedding Song
Paul Stookey
*Ode to Joy (Ninth Symphony)
Beethoven
*When I'm Sixty Four
The Beatles
*It Might Be You
Stephen Bishop
*Storybook Love
The Princess Bride
*Afro Cuban Lullaby
Garnet
*All You Need is Love
Lennon/McCartney
*Blackbird
Lennon/McCartney
*Both Sides Now
Joni Mitchell
*Can't Help Falling in Love With You
Elvis
*Here Comes the Sun
Harrison
*Here There and Everywhere
Lennon/McCartney
*Favorite Things (Sound of Music)
Rogers and Hammerstein
*Homeward Bound
Simon
*I Will
Lennon/McCartney
*If (by Bread)
Gates
*Lara's Theme "Somewhere My Love" (Dr. Zhivago)
Smith
*Over The Rainbow
Collins
*Unforgettable
Carmichael
*With a Little Help From My Friends
Lennon/ McCartney
*Bless This Broken Road
Rascal Flatts
*Better Half
Keith Urban
POP, FOLK, AND STANDARD GUITAR SOLOS
PLAYED BY ED HALL
North Star
Ed Hall
A Hard Day's Night
Lennon/McCartney
Ain't Misbehavin'
Waller
All I Want
Hall
Assembly Line
Hall
Buddy Can You Spare a Dime
Crosby
Cannonball Rag
Travis
Can't Buy Me Love
Lennon/McCartney
Cast Your Fate to the Wind
Allen
Chattanooga Choo-Choo
Miller
Classical Gas
Williams
Come Back Baby/Leave it Like it is
traditional blues
Down Yonder
traditional
Driven Snow
Hall
Fiddle Tune Medley (flatpick)
traditional
For No One
Lennon/McCartney
Here Comes Santa Claus in G
Rollins/Nelson
Hoedown from Rodeo
Copland
I Feel Fine
Lennon/McCartney
Jitterbug Waltz
Waller
Lady Madonna
Lennon/McCartney
Maple Leaf Rag
Joplin
Misty
Vaughn
Mr. Bojangles
Walker
New Joe Clark
Hall
Nighthawk
Hall
Ode To George
Hall
Oh By Jingo Oh By Gee
Mitchell
Old Joe Clark
traditional
On Eagle's Wing's
Joncas
Pardon My Southern Accent/Truckin'
Mercer
Peter Gunn
Mancini
Pulse
Hall
Puttin' On The Ritz
Berlin
Red Pepper Rag
traditional
Rick and Bob Report
Kottke
Rihanna
Fleetwood Mac
Roll On Buddy/Orange Blossom
Rouse
Ruskin in Am
Ruskin
Ruskin in Drop D
Ruskin
Sailor's Hornpipe
traditional Irish
Sheik of Araby
Smith/Wheeler/Snyder
Stars and Stripes Forever
Sousa
Sugarbush
Eggers
Sweet Georgia Brown
Pinkard
Tears in Heaven
Eric Clapton
The Hills of Inverness
Hall
The Hunter
Hall
Tiger Rag
Smith
Topsy II
Mercer
Wheels
Traditional
Who's Sorry Now
Smith
William Powell
Kottke
William Tell Overture
Rossini
Windy and Warm
Loudermilk
Wren On The Wrun
Hall
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
Spector
Zag Zig
Hall
BANJO SOLOS
PLAYED BY ED HALL ON BANJO
Whiskey Before Breakfast (banjo)
traditional
Will the Circle Be Unbroken (banjo)
Carter
Soldiers Joy/Star Spangled Banner (banjo)
traditiona/ Francis Scott Key
Ragtime Annie (banjo)
traditional
Cripple Creek (banjo)
traditional
Dueling Banjos (banjo)
traditional
Big Rock Candy Mountain (banjo)
traditional
Southern Flavor (banjo)
Bill Monroe
Swinging on A Gate (banjo)
traditional
Staten Island (banjo)
traditional
Earls Breakdown (banjo)
Earl Scruggs
Foggy Mountain Breakdown (banjo)
Earl Scruggs
Beaumont Rag (banjo)
traditional
Red Haired Boy (banjo)
traditional
Rocky Top (banjo)
Bryant
Dixie (banjo)
traditional
Beverly Hillbillies theme (banjo)
Earl Scruggs
CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY
PLAYED BY ED HALL ON GUITAR
Silver Bells
Livingston/Evans
Carol Of The Bells
Herald
Winter Wonderland
Felix Bernard
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
traditional
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Johnny Marks
Frosty The Snowman
Rollins
The Snows
traditional
Silent Night
Gruber
Oh Holy Night
traditional
Oh Come All Ye Faithful
traditional
Jingle Bell Rock
Mansfield
Oh Christmas Tree
tradtional
Greensleeves/Coleraine
traditional
Jingle Bells
traditional
Joy To The World
tradtional
White Christmas
Berlin
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Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Grand Openings
Graduation Parties
High School Reunions
Holiday Parties
Trade Shows
Memorial Services
Cocktail Parties
Private Parties
Please note Ed Hall, National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion will also travel to Alden, Capron, Walworth, Fontana, Sharon, Zenda, Hebron, Woodstock, Williams Bay, Poplar Grove, Wonder Lake, Darien, Delavan, Garden Prairie, Marengo, Caledonia, Lake Geneva, Union, Pell Lake, Ringwood, Belvidere, Clinton, McHenry, Richmond, Genoa City, Crystal Lake, Elkhorn, Huntley, Powers Lake, Springfield.
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