I have always wanted to do a Christmas album, and many of my fans have encouraged me to do so over the years. In researching repertoire, I came across several truly great concert pieces which resonate with Christmas, such as the popular Catalan folk songs El Noi de la Mare/The son of the Virgin and La nit de Nadal/The Night of Christmas.
Bach's famous Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring is a piece I have played since I was a boy, and Rick Foster's guitar arrangement is amazingly good - maintaining the entire melodic bass line throughout the entire pieces.
I will include a very special version of the traditional Shaker Hymn, Simple Gifts, transcribed by John and B.J. Sutherland. The last half of this guitar setting modulates down a step to C major. To accommodate this key change, the bass string of the instrument must be tuned down one whole step in performance, producing a sound reminiscent of a country fiddler.
In addition, I have made my own arrangements of well-known Christmas tunes which sit very well on the guitar and are rewarding to play.
Learning this music was a joy and the reward of the work has always been the work itself.
I have burnished my interpretation of the concert pieces into my soul by performing them on my tours, and I have spent countless hours in the practice room with the more traditional Christmas pieces.
WHAT IS IT? A CD featuring christmas songs in my own unique style. I also have some great video and live performance offers available in my rewards where you can see me perform up close and personal like you've never seen me before.
WHAT AM I PAYING FOR? All funds raised will be used to cover the cost of recording sessions, digital editing, mastering, CD artwork and layout and manufacturing the actual CDs.
I look forward to recording this music, and want to thank you in advance for your support.
Risks and challenges
Like any project, the challenge with this album will be time and money. Once the project is funded finding the time to record will be the next challenge. For this reason I have allowed for a generous amount of time for recording which will allow me to take my time and make sure that the pieces are recorded at the highest quality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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