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Bio: Erik Mongrain is a unique and highly talented acoustic guitarist who can claim to be a master of a large number of styles using different techniques, approaches and textures. His style of playing and his compositions have earned him a considerable international fan base.
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The Canadian Guitar Festival comes to Hugh’s Room – Ed Gerhard & Erik Mongrain From Tokyo to Rome and venues across the US, Ed Gerhard’s music has touched audiences all over the world. Performing on 6-string, 12-string, slide guitar or Acoustic Hawaiian Lap Slide, Gerhard captivates his audiences with virtuosity, generosity and sly humor. Known for his gorgeous tone and compositional depth, Gerhard can move a listener with a single note. Scott Alalrik of the Boston Globe said it best when he wrote “Gerhard does not write instrumentals. He writes songs only a guitar can sing.”Gerhard’s relationship with the guitar began at age 10, when he happened upon classical guitar master Andrés Segovia on TV. “I’d heard all the pop music on the radio and maybe a little of that 60’s folk stuff, but this was the first time I’d ever heard the guitar all by itself and the sound just instantly got me,” he remembers. Ed finally got his first guitar at 14. His initial interest in classical guitar changed dramatically when he heard the music of bluesman Mississippi John Hurt. He quit lessons after the third one. He took some informal lessons with friends and learned by ear, slowing down LPs to half-speed to pick out the tricky parts. At fifteen, Ed was already beginning to perform in local church basement coffeehouses, playing solo and jamming with friends.In 1977 Gerhard moved to New Hampshire where he has resided ever since. Joining a thriving folk and acoustic music scene proved invaluable for the young guitarist. “There seemed to be no limitation on places to play back then, or more importantly, what you could play” says Ed. “You could play anything you wanted as long as people stayed around and drank.” When Gerhard was not performing solo he could often be seen sitting in with other musicians. “I loved to play, it didn’t matter if I was solo or sideman.” During this period Ed began composing and arranging music for solo guitar, using a staggering array of alternative guitar tunings.Based truly on the quality of his work, Ed built his considerable reputation, beginning with his debut album “Night Birds” in 1987. It garnered a spot in the Boston Globe Critics Poll Top 10 Albums of the Year.” Shortly after the album’s release, Windham Hill Records included Ed on its Guitar Sampler (Vol.1). One of the highlights of the three hundred thousand unit selling Sampler, “The Handing Down” introduced the world to the beauty of Ed Gerhard’s music. “That one piece made me a lot of friends around the world,” Ed says.Ed has released his eighth CD “Sunnyland” in homage to his early blues heroes. He was awarded a GRAMMY® for his inclusion on the CD “Henry Mancini; Pink Guitar.” Warner Brothers, MelBay and Hal Leonard have all released Ed Gerhard’s music in books. His guitar work can be heard on recordings by Arlo Guthrie, Jorma Kaukonen and in the Ken Burns films “Mark Twain” and “ The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.”Ed’s CD “Luna” is featured in Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s 20th Anniversary list of the “240 Essential Albums.” “This soulful album of original compositions rich in melody, chordal complexity and stylistic variety proves why Gerhard is considered to have the most exquisite acoustic guitar tone on the planet.” -Acoustic Guitar MagazineAlong with players like Ben Harper and David Lindley, Gerhard’s unique approach to the Weissenborn (an acoustic Hawaiian lap slide guitar) is playing a significant role in reinvigorating interest in this somewhat esoteric but beautiful instrument. Ed’s style of Weissenborn playing is unique in that he composes and arranges music for solo Weissenborn with beautiful melodies, complex chords and moving basslines, unusual for an instrument that normally serves an accompaniment role. Ed is featured in the book “Lap Steel Guitar” alongside legendary players like Greg Leisz,David Lindley, Jerry Byrd and more.In a true collaboration of guitarist and guitar maker, Breedlove Guitars released the “Ed Gerhard Signature Model” guitar. The guitar became one of Breedlove’s best selling guitars and won the “Player’s Choice Award” by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Breedlove has just released a Gerhard Weissenborn copy in collaboration with Gerhard. Here they have combined traditional design with innovative features and contemporary wood combinations.Ed Tours in the US, Europe, Japan & Korea.Erik Mongrain is a unique and highly talented acoustic guitarist who can claim to be a master of a large number of styles using different techniques, approaches and textures. His style of playing and his compositions have earned him a considerable international fan base.Erik Mongrain (born April 1980 in Montreal, Québec, Canada) is a true innovator of acoustic guitar playing. He grew up in Canada and began to teach himself how to play guitar from age 14. Erik, who was influenced by the artists Michael Hedges and Don Ross, began to progress into a more acoustic and more complex style of playing. His playing adequately captures the emotion and variety of moods of the artist, as if he is at one with the guitar which is of course a rare talent and very difficult to replicate. He is now recognized as an innovative performer and composer who embrace the advantages of acoustic guitar amplification, unorthodox techniques and altered tunings while celebrating a gift for melody. During the last 5 years, Erik’s compositional and performance skills exploded in sophistication, resulting in his dynamic “man-band” performances. Combining these developments with revolutionary acoustic guitar amplification techniques, he created a milestone recording unlike anything anyone had ever heard.One of his trademarks: The “lap-tapping” technique is astonishing to watch let along hear. Better than anyone, he is a true master of the lap-tapping technique based around the guitar lying flat as he hammers relentlessly on different parts of the strings to make unique sounds with rapid notes with this extra layer of percussion as well as harmonics. In late 2006, a live performance of his signature song “AirTap” became a featured Video on YouTube, achieving over 10,000,000 views on the former to date and remaining one of the highest rated music clips. He has released two albums but is really best experienced live.In 2006, Mongrain independently released his first album named “Fates”. His second album “Equilibrium” released back in 2008 was a true reflection of this man’s brilliance and stature amongst guitar enthusiasts. He has proven himself to be a top class artist.Released in 2012, his third album, entitled Forward, is a darker, more introspective work that aims to position Erik Mongrain as a film score composer.Erik Mongrain is a rising star in the world of acoustic guitar, and one can only admire his extraordinary talent. His unconventional music explores possibilities never before imagined, commanding the attention of amateur and professional guitarists alike.Request a reservation
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