China 2014 Tour: Welcoming Arrival in China

The following is a report from the road as John Doan begins his 2014 concert tour of China.

12/28/13

When leaving the Seattle airport to China the concert tour began to seem so real and no longer an idea. The line for the plane was filled with Chinese people speaking to each other in Mandarin. The silence surrounding my host family Hougquan, Li, Yilin and Guo Guo was lifting as we were beginning to enter their world.

The plane was literally shoulder-to-shoulder with people except for first class that was sparsely occupied. People had money enough for air travel but these are a practical people use to long lines and enduring inconvenience. During the flight Chinese faces were aglow from individual screens watching a marathon of movies both in Chinese and Hollywood ones with English subtitles.

After each movie I checked the flight map to see our route up north into the arctic arcing over Alaska and Siberia and down across frigid expanses of barren snow covered mountains and remote ice covered lakes and waterways. This impassible region still defined the old barriers of place and people prohibiting any to pass through on ground or boat especially this time of year yet we leisurely passed above it all at 40,000 ft. and at -70 below freezing!

John Doan Arrives Beijing walking off the airplane at the airport.We landed in Beijing at a modern airport amongst the glow of lite streets, freeways and buildings as far as the eye could see through the man made fog that clung to the ground. Deplaning onto the tarmac we were confronted by the reality of the December cold causing all to bundle up as we walked fifty yards to an incredibly long and wide bus that transported us to another terminal in the airport.
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John Doan Tour in France Part One: Paris – From Bidet Guitar to Harp Guitar

I recently went with my wife Deirdra on a six-week concert tour in Europe.  We began with a transcontinental fight to Paris numbing the boredom with nine hours of non-stop movies.

1.John Doan Air travel to Paris

2.Deirdra Doan PhotosDeirdra can’t wait to try out her new camera. I believe she spent more time with her camera than with me on the trip!

As Gorilla travellers we like to travel in style, or at least in comfort, so we bring with us on the plane an inflatable back rest called “First Class Sleeper.”  It makes your economy seat feel like first class (as long as you don’t mind looking like you are going river rafting upon arrival).

Once in Paris we headed to the Eiffel Tower (Deirdra appears to be balancing it on her nose).

3.Paris Statue Pigeon 4.John Doan with Deirdra Debussy
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European Tour 2013

John Doan Harp Guitar Moscow.Turgenev Hall.John Doan will be taking Europe by storm again this year, delighting audiences with his magical harp guitar and delightful stories.

The tour this year includes a Harp Guitar Workshop on May 26, 2013, in Scotland as part of the Edinburgh Guitar and Music Festival. John will be offering additional workshops, seminars, and special performances along with his concert tour.

The tour includes Scotland, Britain, and the Netherlands this year in addition to other European countries.
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John Doan at Faerieworlds Harvest Festival July 28, 2012

John Doan in concert, telling stories from the stage at the Folk Life FestivalSaturday, July 28th, 2012, John Doan will be performing mid day on the open air stage at the annual Faerieworlds Harvest Festival with his harp guitar.

The Faerieworlds Harvest Festival is in Eugene, Oregon, and features music and crafts celebrating the faeries of Bryon Froud.