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.

September draweth nigh…

Hello world ~

It’s hard to believe but summer is winding down again. I hope yours was good. Mine was.

I’ve been playing a lot of guitar lately. It feels good to be playing whole tunes again instead of laying down track after track of parts on the Nutcracker project, as I had been doing non-stop all year. I haven’t played many shows because I didn’t book many. I needed to set aside the time to finish that project, for one thing. And for another, that’s the way I like it these days, traveling less and staying home more. That way I have plenty of time for working on musical projects – and I get to sleep in my own bed at night.

I have no shortage of projects in various stages of completion – the double cd of Tchaikovsky will be out in a few months, I will record a new cd of assorted cover tunes in January, my brother Jim has started learning the music I wrote for a cd of piano and cello music, and I am in the planning stages of a second cd that will come out next year. I have to write 2 more tunes for this project. More about that in my next post. Stay tuned because it should be really interesting…

And there’s still the matter of getting my Powhatan Suite for full orchestra onto a cd. I haven’t done anything with that yet, other than the orchestration. As I said, there’s no shortage of projects!

However much I like staying home – I am heading out for some shows in September. I’ll play a wedding in Nashville and also travel to Winfield, Kansas to play the Walnut Valley Festival once again. I first attended to this festival 30 years ago. That first year I took home a guitar I
d won in the guitar contest. I met my friend, guitarist Pat Donohue, that year. It was a great time then and I’ve been back many times since. I’ve lost count but this is probably my 20th time at the festival, my 14th as a performer.

And the 11th Annual Harp Guitar Gathering is coming up in October, here in Connecticut. That’s October 11-13. If you’re at all interested in these magnificent instruments, you should come! For info

That’s all for now.

Best to all,

August 26th, 2013. Written by

One Response to "September draweth nigh…"

  1. Antonio Marino stated:

    Looking forward to the show(s) in Hamden. We’ll definitely be there Sat…shooting for Sunday as well.

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