After performing in Florence I took a train to Pisa. It is the local custom to not look at each other on the train.
International guitarist and rising star Andrea Valeri invited me to come and record with him on his latest CD project (he is very proud of the monument that was erected as a tribute to his first initial). Continue reading →
The next leg of the tour brought me to the northeast of France into the Alsace region on the border or Germany and Switzerland. This is a lush green expanse of mountains and rivers littered with scores of small rustic villages. It is here where Yaouen lives with his family in the shadow of ancient castles and winding rivers.
Notes:John has been invited by Sarthe guitars and Philippe Fouquet who are presenting Europe’s first annual festival devoted to the harp guitar. Five international harp-guitarists will meet on stage to share their world of music.
There will also be the first exhibition in France dedicated specifically to the harp guitar. A multimedia conference devoted to the harp guitar will also take place.
The festival aims to showcase the instrument and the passion of those who play and make them today.
Jason Carter, John Doan, Philippe Fouquet, James Kline, Yaouen the sailor, Gregg Miner, Benoit Meulle Steff, Cédric Ice, Sean Wooley will share their passion for the instrument with you!
Notes:The same line up of harp guitarists will perform on Sunday but will play a different performance.
Guitares en Sarthe et Philippe Fouquet présentent la 1ère édition d’un festival international consacré à la harpe guitare. Cet instrument aux cordes multiples est une extravagance de la guitare. Ses basses profondes et ses aigus cristallins ornent la polyphonie de la guitare de nouveaux horizons sonores, prétextes à de riches émotions musicales. Cinq prestigieux harpe-guitaristes de dimension internationale se retrouveront sur scène pour faire partager leurs univers et les faire se rencontrer. Deux concerts jamais réalisés encore offriront émotion, plaisir et convivialité.
Se tiendra également la première exposition de lutherie en France consacrée spécifiquement à cet instrument.
Une conférence multimédia consacrée à la harpe guitare aura lieu.
Ce festival a pour objectif de faire découvrir cet instrument et la passion de ceux qui en jouent et les fabriquent aujourd’hui.
Jason Carter, John Doan, Philippe Fouquet, James Kline, Yaouen le marin, Gregg Miner, Benoit Meulle Steff, Cédric Verglas, Sean Wooley vous les feront partager!
Notes:This concert is sponsored by “Six Bars Jail” a very enthusiastic guitar club that presents concerts in Tuscany, Italy. The 9:30pm concert is titled “Beyond Six Strings” where John will play music from beyond borders from his travels in Europe, China, and the United States as well as making a bow to guitarists who went beyond the ordinary such as Jimi Hendrix, Mason Williams, John Fahey, and Burl Ives. John’s let performance for Six Bars Jail was standing room only so come early for a seat.
Notes:Emmy-Nominee, John Doan is a master twenty-string harp guitarist and storyteller. His Celtic inspired “Eire – Isle of the Saints” won “Best Celtic Album of the Year.” His concert performance includes original as well as expanded arrangements of works by Jimi Hendrix, among others. With the expanded range of the instrument John redefines what is possible to be played on a guitar.
“John Doan’s music is both history and dream cast in the whole glorious, resonant range of the harp guitar.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine
Notes:John will perform in concert with harpist Andy Lang in this state of the art facility near the gorgeous Celtic site of Dunkeld, the centre of celtic spirituality in mainland Scotland after iona was given up because of Viking raids.
Notes:John will be in concert with harpist Andy Lang in the beautiful and historic Rosslyn Chapel. Built between 1446 and 1484, it has been described as an “Architectural Wonder” and a “Library in Stone”. Practically every surface of Rosslyn Chapel is covered with carvings of individual figures and scenes. People travel from all over the world to see the carvings, and there are many different interpretations of their meanings. Myths, legends and Hollywood fiction writing have given Rosslyn a unique sense of mystery and wonder. This evening of music will truly be one to remember.
Notes:John will conduct an hour long seminar. John will lead one of the most exciting seminars to be held in years. The harp guitar a most magical instrument in both it’s aesthetic and sound. John will cover the techniques various styles associated with the harp guitar. A must see and hear and if you do book this seminar be prepared to want a harp guitar!
Notes:John will perform with harpist Andy Lang and singer songwriter Anna Raine. The concert is held in the beautiful St Hilda’s,Church Close, Hartlepool, County Durham, TS24 0PW. Call 01429 267030 for more details.
Notes:John performs his ‘Beyond Six Strings’ concert at St. Mary’s on the sacred tidal island of Holy Island. The sea reclaims this outcropping of the coast as an Island with every tide. John Will tell stories from his travels around the world.
Notes:St Peter’s, Monkwearmouth is one of the oldest churches in Britain, where Christians have gathered for more than 1300 years. John will play in concert with harpist Andy Lang and singer songwriter Anna Raine.
Notes:John returns to Brussels for an intimate concert bringing the magic of the harp guitar to Ottignies. This year’s concert has a special treat featuring a special guest, a very talented 11 year old girl who will be performing on the harp, a perfect accompaniment to the harp guitar, each bringing their unique talents together to honor these ancient, historical, and related instruments.
I suppose if one were living life fully, each moment in each day would seem like an adventure. Travel takes me away from all that is ordinary which is no doubt extraordinary except for that I have gotten use to everything and everyone that is usually around me. Last December a fan of mine in some ways awoke me from my waking sleep when he wrote me from Moscow and inquired if I had plans of performing there in the future. My custom is to write back and explore if there are any possibilities. I then received an extraordinary response from Жилин Андрей, or should I say, Andrew Jilan who claimed that when he was fifteen he had three favorite musicians/groups that he listened to. I never dreamed that I would ever be in league with Jimi Page and Iron Maiden but there I was raised high in the pantheon of cultural icons. We skyped each other and set a week mid May for my debut concerts in Russia and perhaps for the first harp guitar concerts heard there as well.
After having performed in Ukraine and Germany my wife Deirdra and I arrived on my Birthday in Moscow. Andrew had prearranged a cab – basically someone who has highjacked the family car and has found a few hours of employment (the cabbies at the airport charge several times more).
Andrew had never received a rock star before. I didn’t know if he was being kind and shaved part of his head to emulate me or that he enjoyed looking like Vladimir Lenin but his gentle demeanor put us at ease as we rushed through the strange landscape of endless apartment structures and construction detours. Continue reading →
Lavin is located in one of the most beautiful valleys in Switzerland called Engadin. It is an old small town in the middle of the valley surrounded by high mountain peaks.
The concert will be in this intimate setting with John playing a travel harp guitar made by Lukas Brunner in Lavin, bringing the harp guitar back home. The European Tour Poster features John playing his Brunner travel harp guitar.
The workshop of Brunner Guitars and this most remarkable instrument builder is a must-see destination for fans of the harp guitar.