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Kevin Fandel

Kevin grew up around Boston, Massachusetts. He picked up the guitar at age 10 and took lessons that summer from an older kid down the street, who promptly left to go back to college at the end of August. Since then he has been largely ‘self-taught’.

Initially drawn to acoustic music (especially since his folks gave him an acoustic guitar and insisted he learned to play it well, before he could consider one of those ‘electric’ guitars) he learned the style and repertoire of traditional folk and the players of the day who embodied it… Peter, Paul & Mary, The Kingston Trio, Pete Seeger and early Bob Dylan. Later he was influenced by the likes of Simon & Garfunkle, James Taylor, Cat Stevens and CSN&Y. Stylistically, he was drawn to the challenge and intricacy of finger-style playing; something that set him apart from many other teenage players of his day.

The late 60’s and early 70’s saw Kevin and his friend Ed playing local church basement coffeehouses and leading the emerging wave of ‘Folk Masses’ at several Catholic churches in the suburbs outside of Boston. Soon after, at college, he was a regular at the campus coffeehouses in the Amherst, MA area. This was all good experience and solidified music and guitar playing as important part of his life that continues to this day.

While guitar took a back seat for many years as he and his wife started careers and raised a family, in the mid 80’s he and Ed reconnected and started a band (called ‘The Relics’) that included drums, bass, keyboards and sax; and played an acoustic and electric repertoire of pop music of the day. The Relics were short lived, but led to the formation, in 2001, of a more focused and acoustic band, including Ed’s friend Howie that became ‘Allied Folk’. The trio played the acoustic music scene around Greater Boston, including one performance at the Boston Folk Festival and a number of appearances at the ‘Walk-For-Hunger’, a major fundraising event in Boston every year. Allied Folk had a fun and rewarding 12 year run.

The past several years he has been primarily in the studio, writing original tunes and moving towards the singer/songwriter genre. He also has been playing more electric guitar as well as exploring guitar synthesizers. His first CD “The Music Within” (2007) is a collection of original instrumentals, some simply played, others with elaborate synth orchestration. 2009 saw the release of “Hand Picked Tunes” another collection of instrumentals, with more intricate compositions and instrumentation. His 3rd CD, released April 2015, “It’s About Time” marks a turn towards the singer/songwriter genre. Here, Kevin includes a number of songs with compelling stories and observations touching on various aspects of life. This lifelong guitarist is now adding a new ‘voice’ to his music.

With roots in acoustic folk/americana/pop and a melodic, finger-style approach; now complemented by insightful lyrics, it’s easy listening that’s easy to enjoy.