Bob McCarthy | Star of the Sea

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Star of the Sea

by Bob McCarthy

Quoting from the entertainment newspaper, Variety, “His work on six-string acoustic guitar stands out. McCarthy does one tune in ragtime style and as with the jazz material, seems unhampered by delivering solo stylings usually associated with combos".
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Logan's Run
3:28 $0.99
2. Star of the Sea
3:33 $0.99
3. See the Light
5:40 $0.99
4. Sunset Ridge
3:31 $0.99
5. Addison Street Shuffle
2:16 $0.99
6. Dublin
2:11 $0.99
7. Transfiguration (electric)
4:43 $0.99
8. Blues for My Shoes
3:34 $0.99
9. Walkin'
1:51 $0.99
10. Transfiguration (acoustic)
2:58 $0.99
11. Walk Like John
2:52 $0.99
12. Bob's Guitar
2:29 $0.99
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Born in Marblehead, Massachusets, Bob began his musical career in New York and Boston/Cambridge area coffeehouses and college concerts in the late 1960s, together with musicians including Paul Geremia, Bill Staines, Jaime Brockett, John Compton, and many others. 

With resourceful and innovative stylings on guitar and mandolin, Bob performs an eclectic blend of original music drawing on many styles, including gospel, jazz, celtic, blues and traditional folk.

His recently released CD of original instrumentals titled "Star of the Sea" on the Wandra Music label includes the electric version of “Transfiguration” featuring the slide guitar of the late Rod Price, founding member of the rock group, Foghat.

In addition to his solo career, he has shared the stage with Jorma Kaukonen, Bonnie Raitt, The Everly Brothers, Pentangle, Tim Hardin, John Prine, Neil Young, Buddy Miles, Taj Mahal, Dion, Leo Kottke, Livingston Taylor, Steve Goodman, Jay Leno, Jerry Jeff Walker, James Montgomery, and many others.  As a free-lance guitarist and mandolinist, he has performed on stage with Nanci Griffith, Larry Coryell, Mary Travers, John Compton, Tommy Makem, James Montgomery, Tom and Harry Chapin (at Gerde’s Folk City in New York City),  among others.  He has appeared on recordings with Columbia artists Andy Pratt and John Compton of Appaloosa, Bill Staines and others.

Quoting from the entertainment newspaper, Variety, of his performance at Gerde’s Folk City in New York, “. . . His work on six-string acoustic guitar stands out. ...McCarthy does one tune in ragtime style and as with the jazz material, seems unhampered by delivering solo stylings usually associated with combos.” 



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Eileen Cunis

From lilting Celtic to funky blues, McCarthy picks all beautifully.
Star of the Sea displays McCarthy's expertise on 6 and 12 string, electric and acoustic guitar, offering meditative Celtic tunes, complex blues, and rhythmic jazz. McCarthy is a master musician and composer -- not to be missed!

Frank Rovegno, Boulder CO

Intelligent, original and contemplative guitar
Jazz, blues, new age, Celtic, even a little folk style, I can't categorize it, but I can't stop listening. McCarthy makes his acoustic and electric guitars sing. Finding this CD was sort of like discovering a great wine from a boutique vineyard - except, unlike the wine, you can tell your friends about it. Great melodies! When is his next CD due?