About John Doan

John Doan is a master and muse of the harp guitar and stringed instruments. He is a music historian, performer, and professor at Willamette University.

Farewell “Christmas Unplugged” Northwest Tour 2018

Hello Friends:

The Holiday Season is approaching and I will soon be performing my Farewell “Christmas Unplugged” Northwest Tour. This Emmy-Nominated concert will continue in the southwest where I am moving closer to family, so if you have missed this show, or always wanted to turn out for an evening of Holiday fun, song and story, this 32nd annual season may be the one not to miss.

 

 

 

“John Doan reminds us, in a way that is funny, musical, and touching, how we might find something we’ve lost from our homes and hearts.” Focus Magazine

 

 

What started out as “A Victorian Christmas with John Doan” over the years turned into “Christmas Unplugged – Reclaiming the Holiday Spirit” to reflect how our hurried lives are often caught up in a virtual reality.  One wonders if we will ever find our way back to a time when we again rely on one another to pass the time?

Well, don’t think too hard on it, just come on out to re-experience what that may have been like as we once again enjoy an evening of singalongs, century old instruments, a parlor stage, and hundreds of Holiday archival photos.

See below for the locations of the Farewell Christmas Unplugged Northwest Tour. 

If you can’t make it out to a concert and are looking for some stocking stuffers you may want to order from my website the now classic recording “Wrapped in White – Visions of Christmas Past”

“Editor’s Choice: John Doan’s “Wrapped in White” breathes new life into old carols and evokes the nostalgic, mystical side of Christmas.”  Billboard Magazine

 

John Doan in concert with his popular Victorian Christmas Show playing electric guitar

 

Or perhaps you may want to order a DVD of the hilarious Emmy-Nominated performance “A Victorian Christmas with John Doan”.   

 

 

 

It includes an earlier video also seen on PBS titled “A Christmas to Remember with John Doan”.

 

 

My wife Deirdra has also written, and wonderfully illustrated, a Holiday children’s book “Niki Nisse and the Christmas Star – A Nordic Tale of Santa”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The supply of these are very limited so order early.

Have a happy and meaningful Holiday Season.

Cheers,

JOHN DOAN’S CHRISTMAS UNPLUGGED FAREWELL NORTHWEST TOUR 2018

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2018 AT 7:00PM – PRESENTED BY: Trinity Lutheran Church, located at: 320 SE Fir Villa Rd., Dallas, Oregon 97338. Tickets at the door suggest donation: $12 for adults and $10 for Seniors and Children. For more information call 503-623-2233.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2018 AT 7:00PM – PRESENTED BY: Willamette University Music Department, Hudson Hall on the campus of Willamette University, located at: 900 State Street, Salem, OR 97301, Advanced Tickets: $15.00 adults, $10.00 students and seniors. Tickets at the door: $18.00. Free Tickets: Willamette University students, faculty, and staff are available up to one week prior to the event (tickets are limited). Tickets Available at: Willamette University Music Department or at the door. For more information and for phone reservations call (503) 370-6255.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2018 AT 7:00PM – PRESENTED BY: Lewis & Clark Bible Church, located at: 35082 Seppa Rd, Astoria, OR 97103. Tickets at the door suggest donation: $12-15 for adults and $10 for Seniors and Children. For more information call 503-325-7011

“Call him Mr. Christmas” – Statesman Journal

“John Doan breathes new life into musty tunes with his pristine, intricate picking, which is laced with the delicacy of a snowflake … that evokes the nostalgic, mystical side of Christmas and leaves the shopping mall sentimentality behind.”  Billboard Magazine

“John returns audiences to a time when we use to dream before movies did that for us.” Mason Williams

“John’s music is simply beautiful. No, it is more than that, it is heavenly!” Burl Ives

Highlights of Harp Guitar European Tour Summer 2018 Part 1: France

Fall is upon us and I feel like I have been running since May only recently catching my breath.  In that time I was on a six week concert tour in Europe, have hosted the 11th Annual Harp Guitar Retreat, performed on several occasions and started teaching again this September. I will be reflecting on some of these adventures in a variety of brief upcoming posts.

May started out with finishing my 40th year of teaching at Willamette University. I really love working with all the amazing young people I get the opportunity to teach and know.  From year to year my students seem to never age!  They are always 18 to 22 years young.  It feels like I am the one who continues to pass through time a year older.

 

 

At the end of this semester I was awarded “Professor of the Year” by Rosalind Fraser during Willamette University’s All Greek Awards 2018 night.

 

 

 

 

Within the week I shifted to my other persona as a performer and was in Bordeaux France for an International Harp Guitar Festival along with some of the instrument’s finest players.

 

You may want to familiarize yourself with the work of James Kline, Jason Carter, Jan Vanek and Yaouen.  It was so fun and inspiring to be among them for two days of concerts (Jason was unable to attend).

The event was billed as featuring the harp guitar but while in France one also celebrates fine food, and there was a lot of it.  The point of it all was to build relationships among old and new friends, and make some soulful music.

 

 

Some of the food was presented in unusual ways such as being  served by the chief carrying a plate of food on her head!

 

 

Each evening was magical and I was even given a gift during the concert of a fresh baguette.

There were several European harp guitar makers in attendance all bringing a sampling of their wares.

Each are accomplished makers (group photo left to right Joris Feuillâtre, Eric DarmagnacBenoît Meulle-Stef, Cédric Verglas, Sylvestre CharbinDavid Fenkhuber, Sean Woolley) with David Fenkhuber (Rohrbach-Berg, Austria) (Gard, France) and Sean Woolley (Gard, France) featured in right photos).

Benoît Meulle-Stef brought several amazing harp guitars from Belgium that not only spoke with great tone and volume but physically had a magnificent presence.

A favorite pastime was to take pictures in an attempt to remember how special it was to hang out with all these truly wonderful, talented, and interesting people.

The whole event was made possible by the vision and hard work of Annie Claire Marie Drouillard (seen on the left in the above photo) and her helpful volunteers. I was touched when she told me that she came to the harp guitar after discovering my recording Eire – Isle of the Saints.

 

 

Once the festival was over I took off with my wife Deirdra to explore another adventure a few hours drive north of Bordeaux toward Nantes to the small village of Chateau-Guibert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some old friends, Anne and Malgwyn Elmer, who are inspirational writers and speakers, offered to host a house concert in their home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In France, a concert is not just about music.  It is about enjoying the moment face to face with friends around a table of food and bottles of wine.

 

 

 

 

 

Moving from the concert stage at the festival with its auditorium seating, stage lights, amplification, guitar cables, etc. to sitting in front of a fireplace with instrument in hand and friends and neighbors gathered about, we all relished in the intimacy of the moment.

 

Deirdra and I soon sped off to Roscoff Harbor to catch the ferry to Cornwall, England continuing our dream tour adventure of concerts and exploring life in foreign lands.

 

 

(to be continued in “Highlights of Harp Guitar European Tour Summer 2018 Part 1: England”).

 

11th Annual Harp Guitar Retreat turns into a Hair Raising Experience!

The 11th Harp Guitar Retreat and House Concert turned out to be one of the most fun and magical to date!

John Doan Look Alike Contest

One of the highlights of the event was the “John Doan Look Alike Contest.”

Everyone really tried their hardest but didn’t want to lose any hair over it.

John Coaches Angele

Angele Can’t Help But Improve on the Image

 

 

 

 

Bruce Doan

Lavinia Doan

Aleksey Doan

Nick Doan

John Coaches Steve

Steve Doan

Tasha Doan

Deirdra Doan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The contest ended in a draw (we were laughing so much that we forgot to take a vote).

 

 

The event started with a sunset-lite evening get together catching up with old friends and making new ones.

 

 

Steve Bissell had been away on business in Kazakhstan and didn’t even have time to take off his Kalpak when he arrived. He brought with him a dombra hoping to add a few strings to convert it into a “Doanbra” for the Harp Guitar Retreat.

 

 

 

Everyone got along so well that they wanted to be roommates for the weekend but later thought better of it.

 

 

Nick shows off his Sandpiper Harp Guitar

Aleksey shows Nick and Tasha some crwths he made. They discuss for hours how to properly pronounce the name of the instrument.

 

The evening turned into an amazing jam session. Tasha thinks that she should maybe take up the harp guitar since everyone else is having so much fun.

 

 

 

 

On down times the retreat turned into an ongoing “Show and Tell.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After morning class and the daytime private lessons …

 

 

Nick Opens the Show.

 

 

 

 

Saturday night turned into a potluck/house concert open to the community.

 

 

 

Bruce shares his new Emerald Harp Guitar with the audience before he blows them away with his singing.

 

 

Lavinia performs with her harp guitar backup group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During our last class I shared a story about catching Julian Bream (my favorite classical guitarist) back stage after a concert.  I asked him if he could tell me in one sentence what I needed to know to play like him.  He turned to me with his hand half cupped over his mouth, and under his breath said, “Don’t tell your teacher, but just have fun!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

And that is just what we did!

11th Annual Harp Guitar Retreat Reviews

“Fabulous retreat! I learn something new each time.  It was worth travelling from the other side of the world to the retreat. Thanks for making learning so fun!” Steve Bissell

“The Harp Guitar Retreat is not only a fantastic immersion into the art of playing the harp guitar but also into the fascinating world of guitar history in general.  I have been to several and still learn new things every time.” Nick Vest

“As usual the harp guitar retreat was just a whole lot of fun.  There is probably no more beautiful setting in the world than the top of Doan Volcano, nor any more peace that can be found gazing out through the leaves from the balconies surrounding the Doan casa. John and Deirdra really know how to make us feel welcome and enfolded in the warmth of their love.

The lessons were informative and useful, the house concert was delightful, the open air meals were refreshing, the time spent hanging out with each other and trading the knowledge we each brought to the gathering were all precious. If the retreat lacked anything, it was time to sleep; we were all too enthused to want to call it quits in the evenings because we might miss something! I’m looking forward eagerly to the next Harp Guitar Retreat.” Angele Blanton

“The retreat was very inspiring, and I enjoyed learning from everyone.  We are all unique individuals, seeing and experiencing music from different directions, which adds to the gestalt of the retreat experience.  I came away with something from everyone.

I would not change a thing about the retreat. The format is good, and you make this kind of music accessible, breaking the subject down in such a way that even people at different levels in the same class can take away what is useful to them, and will move them forward.  Your skill as an instructor and patience with everyone is outstanding, and rather refreshing.  I liked the choices of material and particularly liked the breaking down and demonstrating how the melody, bass and super trebles work in concert. Lavinia Ross

“What a wonderful time I had at the 11th Harp Guitar Retreat. It was evident to me the amount of love and effort John and Deirdra put in to this event. I think the others would agree, that they made each of us feel so valued.

We had individual tutoring from John each day, with the goal of helping each of us excel in our own musical journey. We were like sponges soaking in all the musical knowledge about how to play, not only the Harp Guitar, but the essence of music as a whole language.

One thing that really stood out to me was John’s description of musical tones in relationship to human feeling. It’s so evident in John’s compositions.!!! John truly is a Master of touching the human spirit through his music. I long to do the same!!!

I loved spending time with all my new friends, listening to them play their music! What a rare privilege to have spent time with John and Deirdra at their home. I came away very encouraged. I will remember it all of my days.” Bruce Labadie

House Concert Review

“We loved the whole evening. A very special memory.” Neil

“It was pure magic!” Miriam

“What a pleasure. Thank you for one of the most memorable and magical evenings of music in my lifetime. The stories you tell are part of the magic as well.  I am not sure how so much talent ended up in you John.”  James

 

 

 

 

 

 

11th Annual Harp Guitar Retreat June 28th – July 1st 2018 in Salem, Oregon

John Doan’s Eleventh Annual Harp Guitar Retreat is set for June 28th to July 1st 2018 in Salem, Oregon at the home of John and Deirdra Doan.  You are invited to join us. (see below for a daily itinerary, Saturday concert, testimonials, photos, fees, and registration information). Players wanting to learn more about the harp guitar have come from across the United States and as far away as from Europe, and Malaysia.

Harp Guitar Retreat Class with John Doan

The Tenth Annual Harp Guitar Retreat was a huge success with classes, private lessons, Harp Guitar Gallery, Music Nights, Concerts, and plenty of time hanging out talking about life and, what else, harp guitars!  We begin each day with a three hour group class where we are hands on the instrument exploring harp guitar playing techniques, music ideas, and even ensemble playing.

 

We always have a great line up of harp guitars of all sizes and makes, all for you to test drive at your leisure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We even had the whole class play at a local World Beat Festival.  It was a hoot combining harp guitars with Chinese drum, an electric shovel guitar, and a real operatic soprano!

 

 

 

 

 

One of the nights we go down to the little nearby town of Independence, bring some harp guitars, and try out some local brews while sitting around a fire pit.

 

 

 

Other nights we hang out after dinner and play for each other.  This is a great informal way to share music, technical insights, and to get a chance to play in a stress free and supportive environment.

 

The instruments are very interesting that are either on site or brought by various players.  Here is Steve Bissell with the earliest known harp guitar made by the famous Larson Brothers around 1901.  It was completely restored by Kerry Char of Portland, Oregon and not only looks spectacular but it sounds with surprising clarity and forceful dynamics! Everyone in the class gets to hold and play some of the most amazing harp guitars on the planet!

 

Nick and Tasha Vest come up from Los Angeles and have performed not only throughout the event and into the evenings, but also have opened the Harp Guitar Retreat house concerts held on the deck or out under the trees on top of the Extinct Volcanic Plug where John and Deirdra host the retreats.

 

 

 

Jerry Voorhees came with a nice Dyer Style 4 harp guitar.  He played some really fine originals at the House Concert event.

 

 

 

 

Melissa Ferrell-Young, who is quite an accomplished opera singer, came from Seattle to look into ways to accompany her voice with the harp guitar.  She added so much joy to the event.

 

4. Harp Guitar Retreat Class Exercise

 

 

 

Overall, the classes give you an opportunity to try out unique techniques to the harp guitar.  Many of these are taught without having to read from music so you can focus on your playing.

 

5. Harp Guitar Retreat with John Doan Class Break

 

 

 

 

Rigorous effort needs frequent breaks, especially for fresh baked pastries.

 

 

 

Lunches, dinners, evenings at a local outdoor pub, and times between lessons provide hang times to relax and have fun and on occasion visit with Lyra the little French Bull Dog.

It is fun to see the friendships that develop at the harp guitar retreats.  

16. John Doan's Harp Guitar Retreat GoodbyesOne of our classes we even videoed an ensemble tune “Harp Guitar Sunset” that we debuted at the outdoor concert.

17. John Doan's Harp Guitar Retreat Final Class

Some Testimonials About the Harp Guitar Retreat

 

“Tasha and I had a great time at the retreat this year.  I had a major breakthrough on my super treble understanding.”

Nick Vest

 

“I was so thankful to be able to be part of such a fun, memorable and fascinating gathering of musicians, and to go home with some exciting ideas from your excellent lessons to apply to my own music making.”

Steve Bissell

 

“Thank you for the wonderful weekend and for the knowledge you have given me! I am hoping to return next year. I made some great friends and had so much fun.”
Melissa Young

 

“It was another magical weekend, and they just get better and better.

The retreat location in the canopy of trees above the extinct volcano is beautiful, and the view over the valley out the living room window is amazing. The rooms filled with instruments all waiting to be played and enjoyed was a real banquet for the hands and hearts and ears.

Our lessons were packed with information we could actually retain and use in our musical journeys. You are a true teacher in that you are able to find out what each person needs and then tailor the lessons to fit. Having the group learn and perform a brand new piece you composed just for the occasion was a real treat, and the start of a new tradition. The students melded together into a cohesive, mutually supportive group that enjoyed each other and had fun together.”

Angele Blanton

 

“What a privilege to have met and spent time, all too short a time with you. I can only hope it can be repeated. A truly unforgettable experience. Thank you for your company.

Unforgettable – unmissable – if you get the opportunity to attend a retreat with John at Prospect Ridge grab it firmly with both hands not forgetting to hold onto your harp guitar with your third hand, believe me you’ll need it.

On a slightly more serious note ………………

John’s ability to demystify the Harp Guitar with its myriad complexities, assess your rung on the Harp Guitar ladder and suggest the next step was breathtaking. I arrived  at Prospect Ridge somewhat concerned about the instrument I’d hauled across the Atlantic and left four days later convinced that I’d made the right decision.

A Thesaurus of superlatives would be inadequate to describe the experience.

The only regret – not going on the previous retreat!

So huge thanks to John & Deirdra – and the other attendees – Gerry, Steve, Angele and Melissa for an unforgettable and memorable few days.”

Robin Launder

 

“A splendid time was had! The local beer was great and the harp guitar playing was amazing!”

Gerald Camp the Third

Included with registration: All lodging and meals are on site and included with registration. Printed materials are provided for each student with a series of exercises and compositions to take home after the retreat.

Instruments available on site: There will be several harp guitars on site for your use if you do not have one of your own to bring to the seminar. You definitely will want to check out the latest model of Travel Harp Guitars from Lukas Brunner of Switzerland.

Incidental Activities: There is plenty of hiking trails, tax free shopping, local wine tasting, on site hot tub, trampoline, and wireless internet. The site is central and about one hour away from the Oregon Coast, the high desert of Bend, and the cities of Portland and Eugene. In between classes and private lessons there will be time to just relax, practice, read, explore the area, or casually visit with other harp guitarists.

Space is limited: Retreats are limited from five to seven participants and their guests. Spouses, friends, or family attend at a reduced rate. If needed an additional weekend retreat will be scheduled to accommodate more participants.

Participants Fee: $700

Included four nights stay, three group sessions, three private lessons, meals, evening presentations, and various incidentals.

Additional guests Fee: $250

Includes four nights stay, meals, evening presentations, and various incidentals.

To enroll or for more information call or write, please use our contact form. Or call 503-364-4787 or write to us at harpguitar(at)gmail.com or PO Box 5081, Salem, OR 97304.

Christmas Unplugged – Reclaiming the Holiday Spirit Tour 2017


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Emmy-Nominated musician and storyteller John Doan will perform his acclaimed “Christmas Unplugged – Reclaiming the Holiday Spirit” program December 2017 (see dates below). It is a refreshing and magical escape from the frenzy of our times. Experience Christmas past as if it were today with group sing-alongs and whistle-alongs, archival photographs, and the sound of a century old instruments (harp guitar, classical banjo, various zithers) rarely if ever heard today. John’s physical comedy interspersed with fine musicianship makes for a fun filled evening for all ages.

 “John Doan reminds us in a way that is funny, musical and touching how we might find something we’ve lost from our homes and hearts.” Focus Magazine

John Doan on stage with the Christmas show.

Doan is an international touring and recording artist who has appeared on radio and television across the country, including his Emmy-nominated Oregon Public Broadcasting special (seen on PBS) “A Victorian Christmas With John Doan.”  He recently was given the International Brand Laureate Award for “World’s Leading Harp Guitarist.”  He has performed with a diverse range of artists including Donovan, Burl Ives, Larry Carlton, Mason Williams (of “Classical Gas” fame), as a member of the New Christy Minstrels, among others and his virtuoso playing and arranging has attracted praise from no less guitar luminaries than Chet Atkins and Doc Watson. Doan is an Associate Professor of Music at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

Christmas Unplugged with John Doan 31st Anniversary Season 2017

Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 7:00 PM – Salem, Oregon

Presented By: Willamette University Music Department. Hudson Hall on the campus of Willamette University, 900 State Street, Salem, OR 97301

Advanced Tickets: $15.00 adults, $10.00 students and seniors. Tickets at the door: $18.00. Free Tickets: Willamette University students, faculty, and staff are available up to one week prior to the event (tickets are limited).

Tickets Available at: Willamette University Music Department or at the door. For more information and phone reservations call (503) 370-6255.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7:30 PM – Newport, Oregon

Presented By: Newport Symphony Orchestra. ALICE SILVERMAN THEATER OF THE NEWPORT PERFORMING ARTS CENTER. 777 W. Olive Street, Newport, OR 97365

Tickets: $25 and $39 plus ticket fees; students $10

Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 2:00 PM – Newport, Oregon

Presented By: Newport Symphony Orchestra. ALICE SILVERMAN THEATER OF THE NEWPORT PERFORMING ARTS CENTER. 777 W. Olive Street, Newport, OR 97365

Tickets: $25 and $39 plus ticket fees; students $10

 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 6:00 PM – Placerville, California

Presented By: Sandpiper Instruments. Intimate House Concert. Placerville, CA 95667 (Sacramento Area)

Tickets: $20 – contact John Westling at piperharp@earthlink.net. Seating is very limited and will be available for approximately 35 people. Standing room is available when all of the seating is taken. The audience is asked to bring pot luck finger food and drinks by 5PM with the concert to start at around 6PM. This should be a very memorable evening!

Friday, December 15, 2017 7:00 PM – Glendora, California

Presented By: MLA IEEE and GRSS

Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 770 N. Glendora Ave., Glendora Ca 91741

Seating is limited so get your tickets online to secure your place at this Holiday event.

Tickets: $18

Saturday, December 16, 2017 7:00 PM – Glendora, California

Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 770 N. Glendora Ave., Glendora Ca 91741

Seating is limited so get your tickets online to secure your place at this Holiday event.

Tickets: $18

Sunday, December 17, 2017 – Carlsbad, California

Presented By: The Museum of Making Music

5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA. (760) 438-5996

Tickets: $20

“Call him Mr. Christmas” – Statesman Journal

“John Doan breathes new life into musty tunes with his pristine, intricate picking, which is laced with the delicacy of a snowflake … that evokes the nostalgic, mystical side of Christmas and leaves the shopping mall sentimentality behind.” – Billboard Magazine

“John returns audiences to a time when we use to dream before movies did that for us.” Mason Williams

“John’s music is simply beautiful. No, it is more than that, it is heavenly!” Burl Ives

Experience the Total Solar Eclipse In Oregon At Harp Cliff Cottage – the Home of John and Deirdra Doan

The Doan’s live atop an extinct volcanic cone in the hills of South Salem directly beneath the Path of the upcoming Full Eclipse.  Eclipse Path

Projected Position of the Sun over Harp Cliff Manor at 10:30 a.m.August 21, 2017, as the eclipse occurs.

Eclipse Position in Sky

Exclusive 3-Day “Midnight in the Morning Sun” Event August 19-21, 2017 Hosted by John and Deirdra Doan

John and Deirdra Doan

1.  Enjoy Three Days and Nights Exploring the Valleys, Hills and Wineries of Western Oregon.

Oregon Vineyard
2.  Take in a private concert by master guitarist, John Doan where he performs music inspired by the evening sky.
John Doan Outdoor Concert
3.  For the more adventurous take in nature by way of a river float viewing native birds in their wild habitat.
John and Deirdra Doan in Kayak
4.  Kick back with a book, a hot tub, 
Hot Tub at the Doans
or hike in the private woods that surround the area (no worries as the trails are well marked, although it will help to read the signs).
John Doan Behind Danger Sign
5.  Warm yourself by an outdoor fire looking into the star studded skies accompanied by the music of John Doan.
John Doan camp fire
6.  Be the second to hear John’s original composition “Midnight in the Morning Sun” written just for this occasion. Lyra, The Doan’s French Bull Dog is the only one who has heard it so far.
Lyre Doan
7.  All food, lodging, and events are included in the event package. 
Doan Kitchen
Doan room

John and Lyra will drive you to off site events.
Lyre Assists John Driving

Write to me at jdoan (at) johndoan.com for more information and costs for the “Midnight in the Morning Sun” event. If interested please respond to this limited time offer by next Wednesday, August 9th.

Remember, Few Events will eclipse this one so write back soon.  

All the best,

John, Deirdra and Lyra

Christmas Unplugged 2016 Concert Tour

Emmy-Nominated musician and storyteller John Doan will perform his acclaimed “Christmas Unplugged – Reclaiming the Holiday Spirit” program December 2016 (see dates below). It is a refreshing and magical escape from the frenzy of our times. Experience Christmas past as if it were today with group sing-alongs and whistle-alongs, archival photographs, and the sound of a century old instruments (harp guitar, classical banjo, various zithers) rarely if ever heard today. John’s physical comedy interspersed with fine musicianship makes for a fun filled evening for all ages.

 “John Doan reminds us in a way that is funny, musical and touching how we might find something we’ve lost from our homes and hearts.” Focus Magazine

John Doan on stage with the Christmas show.

Doan is an international touring and recording artist who has appeared on radio and television across the country, including his Emmy-nominated Oregon Public Broadcasting special (seen on PBS) “A Victorian Christmas With John Doan.”  He recently was given the International Brand Laureate Award for “World’s Leading Harp Guitarist.”  He has performed with a diverse range of artists including Donovan, Burl Ives, Larry Carlton, Mason Williams (of “Classical Gas” fame), as a member of the New Christy Minstrels, among others and his virtuoso playing and arranging has attracted praise from no less guitar luminaries than Chet Atkins and Doc Watson. Doan is an Associate Professor of Music at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

TOUR: CHRISTMAS UNPLUGGED 2016
12/09/16 Portland, OR Unity of Portland United States
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: Suggested Donation of $15-$20 at the door. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 4525 SE Stark Street. Venue phone: 503-234-7441.
12/10/16 Salem, Oregon Willamette University, Hudson Hall United States
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for Seniors, children and students under 18. Tickets at the door are $18.00. Willamette University students, faculty, and staff may acquire free tickets up to one week prior to the event (tickets are limited). Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: (503) 370-6255.Address: 900 State Street. Venue phone: 503-370-6255.
12/17/16 Portland, OR First Baptist Church United States
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: TBA. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: (503) 228-7465. Address: 909 SW 11th Ave (SW 12th and Taylor Street). Venue phone: (503) 228-7465.

From Sor to Doan

John Doan with Harp Guitar

I have been asked to perform a special intimate concert “From Sor to Doan” Saturday, October 22nd at 7:30pm at Casa Della Zisa (click to see other events) located at 4624 NE Fremont Street, Portland, Oregon 97213. Ticket prices $20/individual or $35/family. For tickets and location information, email Peter Zisa casadellazisa@gmail.com or call 503-307-4907.

This event takes place in Peter and Yukiko’s Craftsman style living room where they have begun showcasing intimate performances where everyone is up close and personal with the music. This will be both a concert, TED talk, and conversation with the audience all in one.  In this setting learn about where the inspiration for the music came from, why the musical language was chosen and what is it trying to say to the listener.

At Peter’s request, the concert will begin with harpolyre music of Fernando Sor (1778-1839) who is known today as the “Father of the Classical Guitar.” I will play a few pieces on an original harpolyre from 1829, an ancestor to the harp guitar. I have recorded Sor’s complete works for this instrument on “The Lost Music of Fernando Sor”. This will be followed with more of Sor’s music upon a guitar that he arguably commissioned to be built in 1819.  This instrument inspired a creative work titled “Homage to Fernando Sor” from which I will compare and contrast with some of Sor’s original compositions. I will play selections from the Sor Homage on the first guitar ever made from 5,500 year old wood by Gary Southwell of England.

The second half will debut new works for harp guitar from my upcoming recording titled “Into The Quiet.”  I will play these upon the Jeffrey Elliott/John Sullivan harp guitar which is the first harp guitar in modern times.  I will also play a piece on the latest version of 20 string travel harp guitar by Lukas Brunner of Switzerland.  All the instruments are timeless
masterpieces in their own right!

The music will strive to reach beyond time and to help you in this time travel I will share the back stories to this new material and how Sor has inspired some of this writing.

Look for my new recording in the coming weeks. As always, if you can’t make it you can order CD’s and DVD’s of this music at http://www.johndoan.com/discography/

Cheers,

John

Mason Williams (Classical Gas) says, “John’s music is like magic. No special effects or illusion, real hands on real magic. Where all of this music is coming from seems like a mystical experience.”

Burl Ives says, “John’s music is simply beautiful. No, it is more than that, it is heavenly!”

International Brand Laureate Award: “World’s Leading Harp Guitarist.” 

10th Annual Harp Guitar Retreat June 22nd – 25th 2017, 9th Annual Harp Guitar Retreat Great Success

John Doan’s Tenth Annual Harp Guitar Retreat is set for June 22nd to June 25th 2017.  I hope you will be able to make it. (see below for a daily itinerary, Saturday concert, testimonials, photos, fees, and registration information).

Harp Guitar Retreat Class with John Doan

The Ninth Annual Harp Guitar Retreat was a huge success with classes, private lessons, Harp Guitar Gallery, Music Nights, Concerts, and plenty of time hanging out talking about life and, what else, harp guitars!  We begin each day with a three hour group class where we are hands on the instrument exploring harp guitar playing techniques, music ideas, and even ensemble playing.

2. Harp Guitar Retreat Harp Guitars

We always have a great line up of harp guitars of all sizes and makes, all for you to test drive at your leisure.

3. Gerry Camp shows John Doan Emerald Harp Guitar

Gerry Camp brought his prototype 20 string Carbon Fiber Emerald harp guitar made in Ireland.  It is virtually indestructible and we were all impressed what a good sounding instrument it was, especially plugged in or with the new Tonewood Amp attached to its back. Continue reading

“Harp Guitar In The Woods” Saturday, June 25th 6:30pm Potluck, 8pm Concert

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I will be performing an outdoor harp guitar concert in the woods at my home on top of Prospect Ridge Saturday, June 25th.  You are invited to a potluck dinner at 6:30pm where we can visit followed by an intimate concert at 8pm.  Plan to bring an entree or a dessert item.

For tickets, you may order them via PayPal to ensure a spot at one of the most exciting events of the year – trust me.

This year the music will be about the evening sky.  A special piece will be premiered at sunset titled “Harp Guitar Sunset” where I will be accompanied by several other harp guitarists attending the 9th Annual Harp Guitar Retreat.  I hope you can be a part of this special occasion.  This is not just a concert, but an experience!

17. Harp Guitar Retreat 2014 Sunset

Seating is limited (last year’s event nearly sold out!).  Admission is $30.00 per person.

To purchase tickets, use our handy PayPal ticket service to ensure a seat. Once you have secured your admission you will be sent the address and directions to the event. RSVP if you will be coming to the potluck. I hope to see you there!

John Doan