News: 2006
December

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Just wanted to wish everyone a very happy holiday season! I haven't been very good at updating this since the move... so I'll add the studio entry for September (see below) and promise to be better next year. (That's a resolution I should be able to keep!) See you next year!

HOME SWEET HOME

The family is starting to feel settled in our new surroundings. So far, we really enjoy Georgia... especially the warmer weather! I was still wearing short sleeves well into November, and even in December, we've had very few cold days. Oh, the locals will say it's cold, but c'mon... just because you can see your breath doesn't mean you have to put the snow plows on alert. What? You don't have snow plows? And I thought you said it was cold...

September

IN THE STUDIO AGAIN

I returned to Fairewood Studios in Asheville, NC to (once again) utilize the recording skills of Al Petteway. This time, I recorded a minor-key arrangement of "Begin the Beguine" for an upcoming Solid Air Records release that will pay tribute to Cole Porter. It's a real thrill to be included on this project, since there are so many outstanding guitarists who will be contributing. In fact, many of them won Grammy awards for their involvement with the label's tribute to another great composer, Henry Mancini. The Pink Guitar CD won a Grammy in 2005 for best pop instrumental recording.

July

NEW CDs REVIEWED BY GREEN MAN

John O'Regan reviewed Celtic Guitar and Solo Guitar in the recent edition of Green Man Review. You can also read his comments in the Reviews section.

CELTIC SONGBOOK RELEASED

My first songbook is now available! Celtic Guitar Solos: Traditional Songs and Airs of Ireland and Scotland was printed by Alfred Publishing, and contains transcriptions of the songs from my Celtic Guitar CD, in both standard notation and tablature. The book comes with a CD that includes performance notes and full recordings of all songs. See the Discography page for details.

NEW GUITARS

During my brief musical hiatus (see "The Silence is Broken!" below), I did manage to acquire two new guitars that I'm very excited about: a Nichols "Celtic SJ" and another Hamblin SJ. The Celtic Guitar is a cedar/walnut small jumbo built by my good friend Bill Nichols, who is best known for his outstanding inlay work. Check out the Celtic knot inlays on the guitar and you'll see why! The Hamblin is a cedar/cocobolo small jumbo that used to belong to singer-songwriter (and another good friend) Wade Thurman. It was the guitar that inspired me to have Kent Hamblin build the other two custom SJ's I own, so it's a pretty special guitar. Both guitars are simply inspiring... which is a good thing, since I'm starting to write songs for the new CD!

THE SILENCE IS BROKEN!

Sorry for being so quiet the past few months--I've been up to quite a bit. Let's see... My wife and I had another baby (Ryan, born April 23rd); we bought a new house and moved to Georgia; and I found a new teaching job. They say you're supposed to avoid undertaking several major life events at the same time... but I've survived and feel better than ever! It has put the music on hold few a few months, but I'm ready to dive back in. Plenty of updates to follow...

January

SOLO GUITAR CD REVIEWED

Rambles--a cultural arts magazine--has posted a review of my Solo Guitar CD. The review is actually from November, but it had escaped my attention until one of my students referred me to it. You can also read the review here, on the Reviews page.