Philadelphia-based freelance acoustic guitarist/vocalist, averaging 150 solo gigs annually, mostly private events, since 2002. Extensive memorized repertoire, spanning the decades and genres, Bach to Rock: classic-prog-soft-indie rock, standards, soul, R & B, lite FM, lite jazz, oldies, hits and album cuts, plus classical, instrumental, traditional, bluegrass, Irish and holiday music, performed 100% live and without backing tracks, a drum machine, or lead/lyric sheets. Ivy-educated. General liability insured. Professionalism, musicianship and client satisfaction are my focuses. Most of my repertoire was and is learned by ear, by pouring over recordings. With classical and other potentially difficult material, I sometimes also use standard music notation or tablature. My knowledge of the nuances on recordings, and ability to incorporate them, is important in what I do. My approach is holistic and often pianistic. I do the whole thing, not just guitar and vocal parts, incorporating all parts from the recordings, plus a range of guitar techniques, improvisation and composition to create and deliver my most detailed, effective and musical renditions. Requests are welcome. Guests singers too, when appropriate. Whatever it takes for folks to have a great time. It's always my pleasure to make music and entertain!
FOR SAMPLES, CLICK ON "MEDIA."
Lowden 025-C custom-made Irish acoustic guitar
Martin acoustic guitar for bluegrass
Takamine classical guitar
PRS electric guitar
Peavey PA system
Portable battery-powered amp (for smaller or outdoor jobs where there is no electrical outlet).
Live, not Memorex! -- All the music and lyrics on my repertoire list (CLICK ON "SONGS") are performed 100% live and by memory - no backing tracks / drum machine / lyric sheets / written music / teleprompter. Most of the list is solo guitar/vocal arrangements. Certain tunes can be performed without vocals (please inquire about specific tunes). Do you have a favorite tune not on the list? Please ask and I'll do my best to learn it.
AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE NORTHEAST U. S. AND BEYOND.