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.

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SPECIAL 2016 3 for 2 Release Special (The Powhatan Suite, Tone Poet, Even More Beatles)

Indicate on the order if you’d like 1 of each of these titles — or 2 plus 1 — or 3 of one of them.

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Even More Beatles

2016 – My third (and last) collection of Beatles tunes arranged for guitars. Included are: I Should Have Known Better, Birthday, Good Day Sunshine, I Saw Her Standing There, Lady Madonna, I’m Looking Through You, You Never Give Me Your Money, I Will, When I’m 64, Don’t Let Me Down, And I Love Her, Because, and a tune written by Sir Paul’s father called Walking In The Park With Eloise. All are either solo guitar, baritone guitar or harp guitar except Walking In The Park – that’s an electric guitar and bass duet.

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Tone Poet

2016 – A collection of harp guitar music. Included are Clair De Lune, New Dawn, Pat’s Tune, The Elk Below, Shadow Catcher, Hovenweep, Oz Want A Squirrel, Perestroika (Revisited), Gymnopedies 1, 2 and 3, Good Night Big Dog, and Nantucket Sleighride (featuring the vocals of my high school friend Keith Maloney). There’s also an homage to my late friend and fellow guitarist Pete Huttlinger that’s simply called For Pete.

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The Powhatan Suite

2016 – I composed this 6-part suite originally for guitars and included it on 2003’s Music From Tsenacommacah. Soon after, I began to imagine the music in orchestral form – and I eventually got to work notating what I was hearing in my head. In 2015, I ran a successful crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter that resulted in my being able to hire a full symphony orchestra in Germany to play the music. This resulting cd features the orchestral version, as well a remixed version of the original guitar version. The LP contains only the orchestral version. The great cover art was created by Sebastien Solignac.

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Thumb Drive – contains video of the orchestral version, plus high definition audio version of both the orchestral and remixed guitar versions of the Powhatan Suite.
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LP Price: – contains only the orchestral version of the Powhatan Suite
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Still On The Line

2014 – My latest collection of music contains 11 new compositions, 2 remakes of my own tunes, and 3 cover arrangements. The titles are: Sir Gregory Goes To Genoa Towne, Allison’s Wedding, Gabriel’s Oboe, Veteran’s Day, Vika’s Tune, The Black Gunners, Maple Leaf Rag, Jailhouse Rock/Balcony Boogie, Nancy B, Tommy & Clara Got Married, Remember, Saint Susan, Uncle Don Enters The Ring and Wichita Lineman. All are either solo harp guitar or 6-string guitar, with one vocal (Wichita Lineman). rsz_cd_still_on_the_line-3-2
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More Beatles

2014 – Another collection of music from the greatest band ever. It’s mostly solo harp guitar (11 out of the 14 tunes), 2 regular guitar solos and one duet. The tunes are: While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Obla-di Obla-da, Across The Universe, Can’t Buy Me Love, Let It Be, For No One, With A Little Help From My Friends, Your Mother Should Know, Mother Nature’s Son, Michelle, Oh Darling, Day Tripper, She Loves You and Eleanor Rigby.

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The Nutcracker Complete Ballet Score for Guitar Orchestra(Double CD)

2013 – Twenty-three years ago I released my version of the famous Suite from the Nutcracker, arranged for what I called a guitar orchestra. Two decades later, I was approached about treating the entire score (of which the Suite is only a part) in that same way for a proposed new production of the ballet. The production didn’t pan out, but I took on the musical project anyway. At times, I wondered why. THIS WAS A LOT OF WORK! But after putting in countless hours of the proverbial blood, sweat and tears, I’m truly delighted with the results. I used 18 different instruments, electric and acoustic for this Double CD. It’s truly amazing music and I’ve treated it with love and respect. (Although I did have a lot of fun with it too!) If he were alive, I don’t think Mr. Tchaikovsky would disapprove! Or if he did, while verbally admonishing me about treating his music this way, he’d look down and realize that his foot was tapping…and perhaps crack a smile. Hey, I bet you will too!

George Maida at WCVE in Richmond, Virginia calls this “one of the greatest Christmas recordings ever made”.

John Diliberto of WXPN in Philadelphia, PA calls it “a triumph”.

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The Water Is Wide

Unveiled at the Tenth Annual Harp Guitar Gathering in November of 2012, this cd was a complete surprise to me. Amazingly, this was put together as a tribute to, ummm, me. I was overwhelmed by this, as you could imagine. There are 15 tunes on this cd, ranging from compositions specifically written for this project, to arrangements of my tunes, and a couple of arrangements of other tunes created specially for this project. The artists are: Gregg Miner, Andy Wahlber, Don Alder, Mike Doolin, Pete Bradshaw, Frank Doucette, Carter Lancaster, Jim Bennett, Larry Berwald, Hirokatsu Takei, Joe Morgan, Scott Burwell, Tommy Emmanuel and Kim Person. Andy McKee wrote the intro. It was an incredible thing that these folks (along with many others) did for me and I will always be grateful for the honor. And I’ll humbly continue to try to live up to it. Please visit Harp Guitar Music to purchase this cd!

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High Street

2012 – A collection of 14 original tunes: Mamanita, Adventure Dog, Harp Guitar Guy, High Street, Chocolate Mo, Honey Bee’s Lament, Song For Michael, Sacagawea, Buster’s Verklempt, Cemetery Ridge, Down A Kansas Road, Welcome To New Rome, Tres Padres and Tipping Point.

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Cool Tunes for Harp Guitar

2012 – My arrangements of: The Rohan Theme (from Lord Of The Rings – The Two Towers), Theme from the Magnificent Seven, Not Fade Away, Peggy Sue, Theme from High Noon, Inchworm, Nature Boy, Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers, Someone To Watch Over Me, Lullaby (by George Gershwin), Theme from To Kill A Mockingbird and Gymnopedie #1 by Erik Satie.

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Further Beyond Six Strings

2011 – After the first convention for harp guitars was held ~ The Harp Guitar Gathering ~ I co-produced a cd compilation of cool harp guitar music called Beyond Six Strings. The Gathering is heading into its 10th annual event in 2012 and as we are further along in time, here is a brand new collection of new harp guitar tunes, sometimes solo and sometimes in combination with another instrument. It’s called Further Beyond Six Strings. I have a tune called Tipping Point on this new compilation from the Harp Guitar Music label. There are lots of other cool new tunes here as well, from an assortment of some of the world’s best harp guitarists!

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Christmas Present

2011 – This is a compilation cd from the Harp Guitar Music label. It is a collection of 16 seasonal tunes featuring many different harp guitarists, sometimes solo and sometimes in combination with other instruments. My contribution to the cd is a lovely duet with my brother Jim on piano. We play the absolutely beautiful theme from the animated film The Snowman, titled “Walking In The Air” If you haven’t seen this, it’s a real treat!

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In-A-Gadda-Da-Stephen

2010 – A collection of 14 rock tunes (1967-75) for solo harp guitar, along with one tune for baritone guitar. Light My Fire, Incense & Peppermints, The Wind Cries Mary, Whiter Shade Of Pale, Born To Be Wild, White Room, Honky Tonk Women, Can’t Find My Way Home, The Court Of The Crimson King, Teacher, Behind Blue Eyes, Theme For An Imaginary Western, Time/Breathe, Soon and You Really Got Me are featured.

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GOOD WOOD

2009 – A celebration of Stephen’s great-grandfather’s 1909 harp guitar turning 100 years old! It features tunes that were around when this fantastic instrument was new, and other than one tune of Stephen’s, the newest tune on here is from 1916.

And his great-grandfather (born 1885) makes an appearance on this cd as well.

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ALERT THE AUTHORITIES

2008 – Be afraid, be very afraid. This is Stephen’s vocal cd. A collection of a dozen songs, three of them by SB, including the infamous “Dumpster Love”. It’s sure to be a hit somewhere. Mongolia perhaps…

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BROTHERS

2007 – A collection of a dozen tunes, all written by Stephen and/or his brother Jim (a great piano player!!!) or the two of them jointly. Twelve duets for guitar and piano ranging from rollicking to reflective….

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REFLECTIONS

REFLECTIONS WON BEST SOLO GUITAR ALBUM AT THE JUST PLAIN FOLKS MUSIC AWARDS SHOW IN AUGUST 2009!

2006 – The House of Love and Friendship, Cherry Blossom Time, One Day, Long Forgotten Chambers of the Heart, Theme For An Imaginary Game Show, The Breasts of the World, Feel Like a New Man, Dance of the Fireflies, Reverie, Katude, Miss Generosity (for Sandra Bullock), W.M.D., The Moon Tonight, Varus Has a Bad Day, Jack & Elaine, Jonathan

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CHRISTMAS

2005 – Lots of harp guitar and some 6-string too. Good King Wenceslas, Hark, the Herald Angels We Have Heard On High, Conventry Carol of the Bells, O Holy Night, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Wocum Yole, In the Bleak Midwinter, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, O Little Town of Bethlehem, The Christmas Song, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Walking in a Winter Wonderland, What Child Is This, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

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THE BEATLES FOR ACOUSTIC GUITAR

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2005 – Lots of harp guitar, some 6-string, and even a tune on the resonator guitar. A Hard Day’s Night, All My Loving, Hey Jude, Yesterday, In My Life, Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, If I Fell, Penny Lane, Blackbird, Eight Days A Week, Hello Goodbye, Here, There and Everywhere, Strawberry Fields Forever, Something, All You Need Is Love

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EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN

2004 – Burnside, Libby’s Tune, C is for Cloe, Xenia, Faith’s Waltz, I Believe, Everything Under The Sun, Elephant’s Dance, 96 Per Cent, Tenochtitlan, Filtration Blues, Funk 47. Mostly solo, but with occasional bass and drums added.

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Price: $35.00

Note: I’ve reordered this title several times and am not going to do so anymore. I recently came across a few more copies of Everything Under The Sun. As with some of my other titles in very short supply, the price for a physical copy is going up. Supply and demand, folks! The price of a digital download doesn’t change though! Those are available at the usual places: I-tunes, CD Baby, etc.

MUSIC FROM TSENACOMMACAH

2003 – The first 6 tracks form the Powhatan Suite, comprised of solo and ensemble guitars augmented by occasional bass and percussion. The remaining 9 tracks are a mixture of solo 6-string, harp guitar and slide, and of course – ukelele…

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HARP GUITAR – A COMPILATION

A DOUBLE CD that includes 29 tunes, all previously released on other cds from 1992-2004, assembled here in one collection. Some of the tunes are: Perestroika, Merry Christmas, Mr. Gorbachev, Westphalia Waltz, Sea Rose Beach, Carl and August, Cornwall, Winfield, At This Moment, Thornton’s Creek, Lysekil, Old Growth, Lt. Col. Cloud-Catcher, Lonesome John, Tom and Sally, Issoudun, The Eye of God, Bridget O’Malley, Oregon, Run, Cathy Freeman, Run/Advance Australia Fair, Late Last Night, Color Line, A Meditation, Magic Andrew, City On the Hill, I Will Remove Myself Farther From You, November, Everything Under The Sun, Elephant’s Dance, Tenochtitlan.

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Although no longer available in CD form, this compilation is available for download at I-tunes and CD Baby.com

TEN

2002 – One of Tommy Emmanuel’s picks for 10 Essential Acoustic Guitar Albums! – and I just found out, one of his 5 picks in Music Afficionado magazine, Ten consists of solos on 6-string, harp guitar and resonator, along with one duet (steel and harp guitars). America, the Beautiful, City On The Hill, Alpine and Coco, Lady Bird, Flawless, Linda Gets A Brand New Dog, Magic Andrew, Detective Chief Inspector, Via Camuzzoni, Col De Lauteret, Atlanta Blues, A Meditation, Going Home

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Note: I’ve reordered this title several times and am not going to do so anymore. As I write this, I have just one copy left — so please send me an email to make sure the remaining one is still available. Digital download of this recording can still be done at the usual places: I-tunes and CD Baby.com

SLIDE AREA AHEAD

These are some of the tunes recorded on my 1930 National Steel Guitar from 1992 – 2002. They were all previously released on various cds but are now gathered together as a tribute to this wonderful instrument.

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RIVER

2001 – The title tune features Tommy Emmanuel and “Bridget O’Malley” features mandolinist Steve Smith. A Walk On Winkfield Row, River, I Knew It Was You, The Most Beautiful Sky, Late Last Night, Color Line, Middle-Aged White Guy Blues, Waltz For A Maple Tree, Little Martha (Stewart), Run, Cathy Freeman, Run/Advance Australia Fair, Oregon, Bridget O’Malley, The Travis Crawl

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TUNES

2000 – Fingerstyle guitar, flatpicking, harp guitar, or slide guitar on 14 tunes, 11 of them original. All solo, except for one duet with myself. Balcony Boogie, Afton Mountain, C.E.O., Issoudun, Adirondack Lullaby, The Swingset, Blackberry Blossom, Wheelbarrow Boogie, Fields Of Plastic, Indian Nation, Westphalia Waltz, Good Dog, Remember, The Eye Of God
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1999 – “…Brilliantly encapsulates everything he loves about acoustic guitar.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine – June 2000. Tuesday Blues, In Memory Of Joe LaMastro, The Water Is Wide, My Backyard, Cooley’s Reel, Tom and Sally, Bad Dog, Chain of Fools, Southwind, Blue Monk, Richmond, The Funeral March of a Marionette, Your Song, Paris in April

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Price: $25

Note: I’ve reordered this title several times and am not going to do so anymore. As with some of my other titles, since I only have a small number of copies left, the price for a physical copy is going up. Supply and demand, folks! The price of a digital download at doesn’t change though! Those are available at I-tunes and CD Baby.com

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HARP GUITAR

1998 – OUT OF PRINT “This is a gorgeous CD…” Mr. Guitar , (publication of the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society).

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I recently found a handful of copies of this cd so if you’re interested in one, please send me an email at sb@harpguitar.com

BENNETT & GURLEY

1997 – This release was a collaborative effort between Stephen and Bill Gurley, a talented multi instrumentalist. Includes the original recorded version of A Most Beautiful Sky. Emerald City, Julia Delany, Baby Boy, For Beijing, This Virginia Town, Hole in the Wall, Homecoming, Weave and Way, A Lock of Her Hair, On the Sunny Side of the Street, Evil Sky, The Most Beautiful Sky

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PICTURES

1996 – “One of the most listenable CD’s you can find”… The Walnut Valley Occasional (the publication of the National Flatpicking and Fingerpicking Championships). Included in Acoustic Guitar Magazine – Hit List – June 1997. 6 AM, Suite For Slavomir, Cornwall, Life’s Too Short, Linda’s Garden, The Forest Floor, Black Rock Shuffle, Carl and August, The Easy Winners, Annabel Lee, Kristina, The Star of the County Down, On the Water, Heliotrope Bouquet, Just a Thought, 2 AM

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GUITAR TOWN

1994 (with some material from Stephen’s first recording, TANGIER MORNING, released in 1988) – Included in Acoustic Guitar Magazine – Hit List – February 1996; Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine – Picker’s Picks – June 1995. Storm King, Amazing Grace, Tangier Morning, For Linda, Sea Rose Beach, Redwing/You Are My Sunshine, Sarajevo, Nearer My God to Thee, Cowboy Dave, You Really Got Me, Waltz (For My Mother), Stardust, Song For Sue, Is This Mexico Or What?, Merry Christmas, Mr. Gorbachev, Greased Pig

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SOLOS & DUETS

1992 – “Full of sterling guitar instrumentals” – Guitar Player Magazine – July 1992. Begin The Beguine, Perestroika, Medley – Massa’s In De Cold, Cold Ground/Battle Cry Of Freedom/Battle Hymn of the Republic/Tenting Tonight, Can We All Get Along?, Strawberry Fields Forever, Imagine, Emerald City, Firetrucks, Kites and Keys, Baby Boy (with brother Jim at the piano), Snowflake Reel, Harlem Nocturne, Bear’s Tune, ‘Round Midnight

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THE NUTCRACKER SUITE SUITE FOR GUITAR ORCHESTRA

THIS IS MY 1990 TCHAIKOVSKY RENDITION — THIS IS NOT THE NEW COMPLETE BALLET SCORE FOR GUITAR ORCHESTRA!
1990 – “There are a number of ‘Nutcracker’ recordings – none is more passionate, vibrant or joyous than Stephen Bennett’s.” George Maida – WCVE, Richmond Public Radio – June 1997.

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GOOD DOGS, BAD DOGS, BEST FRIENDS

2009 – This is a cd put out by my friend Gregg’s Harp Guitar Music label HGM
I have 4 tunes on this disc – Good Dog, Bad Dog, Bear’s Tune, and Adventure Dog! There are 11 additional tracks by Gregg and some of my other musical friends. Unknown-12

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BEYOND SIX STRINGS

2006 – This is a cd produced by myself along with Gregg Miner and John Doan. It’s on Gregg’s Harp Guitar Music label HGM
My contribution to the cd was the tune November (also available on my titles Music From Tsenacommacah and the Harp Guitar Compilation double cd. Other artists are Tom Shinness, Iwan Hasan, Andy McKee, Dan LaVoie, Andy Wahlberg, Gregg Miner, James Kline, John Doan, Stacy Hobbs, Muriel Anderson, Bill Dutcher and Larry Berwald.

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CHRISTMAS PAST – Holiday Harp Guitar Classics

2006 – This is a cd on my friend Gregg Miner’s Harp Guitar Music label HGM
My contributions to the cd are In The Bleak Midwinter, Silver Bells and Auld Lang Syne (these are also available on my titles Christmas and The Nutcracker Suite For Guitar Orchestra. Other artists are William Eaton, Gregg Miner, John Doan and Stacy Hobbs.

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I’m out of stock.
Please check with harpguitarmusic.com – they may have copies still.

DVDs

“LIVE”

This dvd was recorded one day in 2006 in the Mel Bay studio and contains 29 tunes, most of them my compositions. 6-string, steel and harp guitars are all well represented here.

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