Sunday, December 11, 2005

Acoustic Christmas - Part 1

Harvey Reid is quite possibly the best acoustic guitarist you've never heard of. His credits include winning the 1981 National Fingerpicking Guitar Competition, once winning the Beanblossom bluegrass guitar contest. His Steel Drivin' Man CD was voted in 1996 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as one of the 10 Essential Folk CD's of all time. A multi-instrumentalist, Harvey was also the 1982 International Autoharp Champion, plays the six-string banjo, mandolin and bouzouki.
When we operated the Barrack's Coffeehouse Concerts, Harvey made the trip from his home in Maine to do an annual show for us in Florida to standing room only audiences. Here are a couple of cuts from his The Heart of the Minstrel on Christmas Day CD, available on his self-produced Woodpecker Records.

Harvey Reid - Jingle Bells - solo guitar

Harvey Reid - Deck the Halls - solo autoharp

We have heard that Harvey and his partner, violinist Joyce Andersen have recently become a trio! Congratulations to Harvey and Joyce.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well once again Ed you have made some good choices.
It's about time to get into the sprit of Christmas and some
good picking will definitely get you there. And like I have said
before you cant go wrong with the autoharp or if you can
I haven't heard it


December 12, 2005 7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With great Christmas song renditions like these, why do radio stations play the barking dogs version? Verrrrry curious.
I lost a dear friend on August 7th. Knowing that a new little musical light arrived in the form of baby Otto Ried the following day, made me feel just a tiny bit better.

December 12, 2005 2:46 PM  

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