Author Archives: Bob

About Bob

... is an award winning, Canadian finger-style guitarist and the 2003 U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion. He combines an eclectic mix of contemporary finger-style guitar and traditional roots music with a warm vocal style, tilted sense of humour and down to earth stage presence to provide a refreshing performance experience for music lovers in general. Definitely not just for "guitar geeks".

Woodsongs Old Time Radio performance now available online

The Wailin’ Jennies and I appeared on The Woodsongs Oldtime Radio Hour on Nov. 5, 2007. The podcast versions of the program – both audio and video – have now been posted on the Woodsongs website.

To view and/or download, go to and follow the menu links to the Archives page. The program featuring myself and the Wailin’ Jenny’s is 462.

The program’s archive pages are a great source of other great performances by guitarists like Tommy Emmanuel, Edgar Cruz, Thom Bresh and others as well as other fine performers. Check out the whole list.

Guys & Guitars 2 Concert – Available Online

Losing sleep because you missed the on-air broadcast of Guys and Guitars last April on Canada Live! ? Well, fret no more. The entire concert is available on the CBC Radio 2 Concerts on Demand website. (Edit: 2014-03-06 Concert stream no longer available.) For those of you who haven’t heard the story so far, I had the pleasure of hosting this concert that celebrated the diversity of music played on the guitar for CBC Radio. For the evening I was joined by four other guitarists, each performing their own distinctive style of guitar music. Rodolfo Pino-Robles, of Saskatoon, performed music from South America on the guitar and several other instruments derived from or related to the guitar; Tim Vaughn, also from Saskatoon, held down the fort for electric guitar with some of his original R&B and Funk; tunes; Regina?s own Kris Craig brought the classic sounds of the electric jazz archtop, and Vancouver’s Don Alder, the 2007 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion, dazzled the audience with his contemporary steel-string fingerstyle guitar techniques.

Arthur McBride and the Sargeant


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Level: Intermediate     Tuning: Csus2 ( CGCGCD )

I love the melody to this traditional song. This is my arrangement inspired by Martin Carthy’s classic rendition. There is a more common version of this tune which is somewhat prettier and more melancholy. But I’ve always felt Carthy’s more aggressive musical reading of it, especially given the nature of the confrontation, seems more appropriate.


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Level: Int/Adv     Tuning: Standard


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From the album
The Voice in the Grain

The Voice in the Grain

Over the years I’ve spent hundreds of hours learning guitar pieces written by other people. So it’s been somewhat humbling to have so many people learn this particular piece of mine. To set the mood, imagine lying looking up at the stars on a a hot, humid night.

On The Tip Of The Tongue

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Level: Int/Adv     Tuning: Open G (DGDGBD)


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From the album
Caffeinated Coffee

Caffeinated Coffee

I wrote this for my Mom. It’s a slow ballad played in open G tuning.

It’s not a difficult tune. But as with many slower pieces, the challenge is to be able to play it smoothly so it flows. Take your time when playing it, and let the music breathe.

From the album Caffeinated Coffee.