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Dr. Bob's Acoustic Tonic

Dr. Bob’s Acoustic Tonic

A mix of vintage and contemporary ragtime-blues tunes for solo guitar and vocal. (More …)

4 On 6

Outstanding Instrumental Album

2008 Western Canadian Music Awards

A collection of 12 classic tunes by The Beatles arranged for solo guitar. (More …)

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The Voice in the Grain

Nominated for Outstanding Instrumental Album

2004 Western Canadian Music Awards

Nominated for Best Instrumental Album

2005 Canadian Folk Music Awards

Solo instrumental guitar. 6 original tunes and 6 unique arrangements. (More …)

Caffeinated Coffee

Outstanding Instrumental Album

2000 Canadian Prairie Music Awards

The album features 7 original compositions by Bob Evans, along with his arrangements of tunes by Lennon and McCartney, Ray Bell and Joel Fafard, and his cover of two fingerstyle guitar classics: Leo Kottke’s Bean Time and Tom Rush’s Rockport Sunday.
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Six Strings North of the Border

3 CD Box Set

A three volume collection of 47 of Canada’s finest acoustic guitarists.
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Copies can be ordered directly from Borealis Records

The Noodle Kitchen

Transcription available

Level: Int/Adv     Tuning: Standard Tuning


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From the album
The Voice in the Grain

The Voice in the Grain

The Noodle Kitchen is an original composition that grew out of … well … some noodling on the guitar. I was playing around with a combination of a steady 8th note bass line – perhaps while goofing around with Every Breath You Take – and playing some sliding 5ths over top of it. It eventually evolved into this piece.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

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Level: Int/Adv     Tuning: Standard


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Yikes! We’re already half way through December. I figure I better get this out before I slide right through the holiday season into the new year.

Lyrically, Santa Claus is Coming to Town has to be one of the creepiest tunes in the Christmas song catalogue.
Sung to a beguilingly cheerful tune, the lyrics are an Orwellian view of Christmas, where Santa is a punitive Big Brother. He monitors everything you do and judges you accordingly. He knows all about you: when you’re happy, sad, good, bad, awake, asleep … everything! He is watching YOU.

Phew! Listen to this song a couple of times and it won’t be the anticipation of presents on Christmas morning that makes it difficult for you to get to sleep at night.

Fortunately, this is an instrumental version of the song. You don’t have to be worried about a seasonally induced dose of paranoia while listening to this arrangment.

Silent Night – Be vewy, vewy quiet

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Level: Intermediate     Tuning: Standard


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If ever there was a Christmas carol that should be played on the guitar, it would be Silent Night.
After all, according to numerous recountings of the songs humble origin, it was first performed
at the Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, 1818, with the musical accompaniment coming not from the church’s organ,
per standard operating procedure, but from Fr. Mohr’s guitar. In the almost 200 years since its creation, it has become a central piece in the Christmas canon.

Stories abound about the reason the organ wasn’t functioning: mice had chewed the bellows, the
organ had broken down and there was no organ technician who lived close by to repair it, and so on. But the role of the guitar
in its composition and first performance remains consistent.


Gruber’s original autographed manuscript of the song with guitar accompaniment appears to the right.

This is my humble arrangement of the tune. You’ll find it is a relatively straightforward arrangement, although it does shift positions up and down the neck.