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“4 On 6” Awarded Outstanding Instrumental Album

4 On 6 was awarded Outstanding Instrumental Album at the 2008 Western Canadian Music Awards this October. Needless to say, I’m very pleased and honoured, and I want to thank everyone for their support.

A bonus for myself was I also met and performed a duet with B.C. slide guitarist Steve Dawson as part of the awards show. I have been a big fan of Steve’s playing for a number of years, and so this was a real treat. If you are a fan of slide guitar (slide, steel, pedal steel, etc) and aren’t already familiar with his music, you owe it to yourself to check him out ( www.SteveDawson.ca ).

In addition to being a fine guitarist, Steve is also a great producer, for which he was named Producer of the Year in the Western Canadian Music Industry Awards the same weekend.

I also want to send out congratulations to fellow Saskatchewanians who also took home awards. Little Miss Higgins received Outstanding Blues Recording for Junction City and Elizabeth Raum received Outstanding Classical Composition for her work Dark Thoughts (How Bodies Make Ecstatic Marks)

Things We Said Today

Ah, it never rains but it pours, eh? Hot on the heels of posting On the Tip of the Tongue on YouTube, I’ve also posted a clip of my solo arrangement of The Beatles’ Things We Said Today, taken from the same concert in Saskatoon this September.

Check it out when you have a chance, tell your friends, and let’s give “Where the Hell is Matt?” a run for his money. 🙂

By the way, in case you haven’t run across the “Where the Hell is Matt?” video, do check it out. It is a curious creation that I am surprised to find remains emotionally uplifting even after four or five viewings. If you find yourself needing a little pick me up, there’s a very good chance this will give it to you.

In the meantime, here’s one for fans of The Beatles …

On the Tip of the Tongue Video

Well, I have finally managed to start to catch up on 21st century technology trends by posting my first video on YouTube! Can fame and fortune be far behind? 🙂

The song is On the Tip of the Tongue recorded at a recent concert in Saskatoon (… Saskatchewan … Canada ). It’s not a flashy, wowza!, showstopper; just a quiet little piece that means a lot to me.

For the guitarists out there, click here for a transcription of this piece.

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.