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by Bob Ardern

Craftsman is a delightful album of acoustic guitar instrumentals that, if you are a fan of "down home" acoustic music, with influences from the rich tradition of folk and roots music, as well as hints of Appalachian hill music, you are certain to enjoy.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tiddlywinks
3:42 $0.99
2. Pipe Dream
4:30 $0.99
3. Capo Breton Lullaby
5:04 $0.99
4. Schrödinger's Cat
3:37 $0.99
5. Keep It Simple
4:55 $0.99
6. Nova Scotia New Age Blues
4:04 $0.99
7. Back to Basics
4:33 $0.99
8. Bellringers
4:37 $0.99
9. Still Waiting
5:41 $0.99
10. Winding Down
8:12 $0.99
11. Paso Doble
5:52 $0.99
12. Paso Doble (Solo Guitar)
5:23 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Fingerstyle guitarist Bob Ardern follows up his critically praised Wires, Rosewood & Roots with Craftsman, a solid successor which once again shines the spotlight on this artist's unique style in a field well populated with talented players. As on the previous disc, Ardern is joined by producer David Findlay (bass, piano, keyboards, and more), Kev Corbett (percussion) and Alyssa Wright (cello). Ardern (as he did on Wires, Rosewood & Roots) credits Findlay with knowing "…when to leave the guitar alone and when to add other instruments…" and he is right on both counts. As before, when others join Ardern, it sounds like they have been playing together for years. Three tracks are solo guitar (including a solo version of "Paso Doble" which features both Corbett and Findlay in the previous take)." - Bill Binkelman, Binkelman's Corner.



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Kathy Parsons

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"Craftsman" is the fourth release from Canadian guitarist/composer Bob Ardern and is an impressive follow-up to his 2012 album, "Wires Rosewood and Roots." Ardern’s finger-picking guitar style is warm and accessible and three of the twelve tracks are solo guitar. The title refers to Ardern’s current career as a crafter of music as well as to his previous occupation as a cabinetmaker. Ardern started his musical career playing folk music, and that influence can be heard in his new music as well - even without lyrics or voices. Additional instrumentation includes percussion, pipe organ, bodhran, glockenspiel, bass, cello, piano, bells, and synth pad (plus a few others). This album is excellent for listening with full concentration and also slips easily into the background, creating a very cheerful and light ambiance. It is music that makes you feel good whether it is full blast in the car or a gentle backdrop while you work or enjoy a meal. The recording quality is crystal-clear, creating the illusion that Ardern is playing a private concert just for you.

"Craftsman" begins with “Tiddlywinks,” an upbeat and playful confection that will get your toes tapping and put a smile on your face - love it! “Pipe Dream” is a bit more relaxed and dreamy. Mostly a guitar solo for the first minutes, pipe organ and bodhran are added to the last stanza and give the piece a very different flavor - yum! “Capo Breton Lullaby” is a beautiful and very gentle guitar solo that feels like a soothing neck rub for the mind. “Schrodinger’s Cat,” a very folky-feeling song-without-words, has a lighthearted innocence that is absolutely infectious. David Findlay adds accents on the glockenspiel, making the piece sparkle. “Nova Scotia New Age Blues” includes cello and percussion and combines a lively spirit with a laid-back attitude. I love “Back to Basics,” and not just because Dave Findlay appears on piano on this one. It’s a great ensemble piece that keeps it simple and fun - another smile-inducer! The gracefully-flowing “Still Waiting” is a heart-felt guitar solo that emphasizes the beauty of simplicity. “Winding Down,” an eight-minute track that includes synth pad and bells, creates a peaceful and ethereal atmosphere while it soothes and relaxes - very elegant yet very accessible. The last two tracks are different versions of “Paso Doble” - one as an ensemble and the other is a bonus solo guitar version. The ensemble arrangement includes percussion, synth pad, bass, and trumpet. It starts out quietly, with an air of mystery, picking up a spirited energy and rhythm as it evolves. I really like both versions!

"Craftsman" is an excellent guitar album from start to finish! Recommended!

Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Bob Ardern is a craftsman, alright, showcasing his craftsmanship as a spot-on composer and performer of sprightly acoustic guitar instrumentals.

The original tunes reflect Ardern's inherent rustic folksiness, which is given a pop lilt thanks to the contributions of class act musicians who are artists in their own right.

Ardern's accompanists include Kev Corbett on bass, bodhran, and percussion; David Findlay on bass, bells, bodhran, celeste, glockenspiel, hi hat, piano, pipe organ, synthesizer pads, and trumpet; and Alyssa Wright on cello.

If you're looking for acoustic guitar music with a pulse, this certainly fits the bill.