Stephen Bennett

About Stephen Bennett

Whether playing his great-grandfather's harp guitar, his 1930 National Steel or a standard 6-string, Stephen Bennett is a musician to hear. His playing has won awards and critical praise. In live performance and on record, his diverse musical influences and interests are joined with a lifelong love affair with the sound of guitar strings.

Notes from Stephen

Keeping busy

February 1st, 2016

Greetings to those who wander by this digital place ~ Though I’m not out doing shows right now, I’ve been busy. Last year was occupied with my Powhatan Suite Kickstarter orchestral project. Though that recording isn’t out yet, it’s imminent. The mastering engineer tells me it’ll be done this week. From there it goes to […]

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Happy New Year!

January 2nd, 2016

Greetings to all who wander by this digital place ~ I hope your 2016 is off to a great start! As for me, I am expecting the logjam of December will now break so that I can finally get my Kickstarter project manufactured and delivered in short order. I originally estimated that would happen in […]

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Back from Germany

October 2nd, 2015

Greetings to any who wander by this digital place ~ I returned home from Germany last night. The orchestral recording sessions for my Powhatan Suite were a bit of a blur as I actually experienced them (and they remain so now that they are behind me) but I believe the results are good. The first […]

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Heading to Winfield!

September 13th, 2015

Greetings to any who wander by this digital place. Once again, I am about to make my way to the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. I’ll be performing there this Thursday-Sunday (Sep 17-20). This is the 44th year of the festival, my 20th year attending and my 16th year performing there. It’s always fun! […]

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August and beyond…

August 7th, 2015

Greetings to all who wander here ~ I just finished a week of shows with Andy McKee and Antoine Dufour, followed by a teaching camp with the same gentlemen, joined by Billy McLachlan. Great fun at all events! On the 22nd, I’ll play a solo concert again at Sandywoods – in Tiverton, Rhode Island. The […]

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The Powhatan Suite has been successfully funded!

June 1st, 2015

Thanks to the generosity of my 267 backers, my campaign to raise funds to record my music with a symphony orchestra has more than succeeded! I am now working on arrangements for that work to be done and for the music to be released into the world later this year. Thanks to all who supported […]

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My Kickstarter campaign is a success!

May 29th, 2015

It’s not over until the stroke of midnight tomorrow night but the campaign has already been a big success! As my friend Bill Allen so eloquently put it: “Suite!” Thanks to all who have backed the project! You’ve provided me the means to bring you something really special – and I appreciate that very much! […]

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The Powhatan Suite – Kickstarter campaign update!

May 21st, 2015

Wahoo!!!!! The campaign is now at 95%! Thanks to all who have backed the project! This goes through May 30th and if the target goal is exceeded sufficiently, I’ll use the extra funds to get – and make available – video footage of the orchestra. If you’re interested in helping make this happen, PLEASE CLICK […]

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Update: Preparing Kickstarter campaign launch!

April 7th, 2015

The orchestral version of Song For Tsenacommacah (from my Powhatan Suite), recorded in Germany a few weeks ago, turned out very well. After a few edits, I am expecting the final audio/video results any day now. I’ll use some of that material for a Kickstarter campaign to try and raise funds to record the entire […]

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A bit of news…

March 21st, 2015

Back in 2003, I released a collection of 6 tunes that I collectively called the Powhatan Suite. The music was inspired by reading I’d done about the interactions between the original Indian inhabitants of Virginia (where I lived) and the incoming English colonists. The Suite was, as you would expect from me, guitar-based. But I […]

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