I’m thrilled to announce that composer Andrew Downing has been commissioned to write me a banjo concerto that’ll premiere at the Home County Folk Festival on July 22 with memebers of Orchestra London. The show will also include some of mine and Andrew’s tunes arranged for chamber symphony. This new body of work will be the centerpiece of my forthcoming album, due out in spring 2013. The piece is stunning and I’m having an incredible time working on it!
I just won a Canadian Folk Music Award for Instrumental Artist of the Year. My gratitude goes out to all the brilliant musicians who helped build the Room of Wonders: Casey Driessen, Grant Gordy, Greg Garrison, Nick Fraser, Kevin Turcotte, William Carn, Sandra Wong, Andrew Downing, Joseph Phillips, Jaron Freeman-Fox, Olov Johansson & Sasha Luminsky. Thanks to the Canada Council for Arts for their continual support.
The secret’s out: I’m set to play Bumbershoot, Seattle’s legendary music and art festival, on September 3rd. I’m also excited to catch sets by Mavis Staples, Väsen and Broken Social Scene while I’m there. Woot!
I’m excited and overwhelmed that Room of Wonders just got a Juno nomination for Instrumental Album of the Year. Kudos also to producer David Travers-Smith on his Recording Engineer of the Year nomination. Extra loud shout-out to everyone who played on the record and thanks to you for listening! Look out for 2011 tour dates all over the map.
Welcome to my new digital digs. Have a look around, make yourself at home. The site launched today, alongside the Canadian release of my brand new album, Room of Wonders. Though the official rest-of-the-world release isn’t until 2011, you can get advance copies of the album now on CD Baby, iTunes and even right here on the site.
We’re thrilled that Africa to Appalachia won Best World Music Group at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in November. Kudos
I’ll be showcasing a new version of my Africa to Appalachia project at the Winter Jazz Festival in New York
I’m at work on a new album based on folk dances from around the world: reels, rachenitsas, morescas and sambas
John Hartford was a songster, a banjoist, a guitar-picker, fiddler, river boat captain, calligrapher, folklorist and old-time music revivalist. Join