Ken Bonfield | Whistlin' Past the Graveyard

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Whistlin' Past the Graveyard

by Ken Bonfield

Solo, instrumental acoustic guitar with hints of Folk, Celtic, Blues and Classical. Fojazzical.
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Opal\'s Delight
2:36 $0.99
2. Getaway
2:04 $0.99
3. In Christ There is No East or West
2:05 $0.99
4. Stealin\'
1:35 $0.99
5. Denouement
2:35 $0.99
6. Partial 2 U
2:57 $0.99
7. Goodbye Chester Lee
1:52 $0.99
8. Moonlight Music
2:18 $0.99
9. Zephyr
1:46 $0.99
10. Prelude
3:09 $0.99
11. Ivy Lane
2:08 $0.99
12. Reunion
3:27 $0.99
13. Study
1:33 $0.99
14. Indian Rain
2:38 $0.99
15. The Fisherman
3:33 $0.99
16. Black Dog
2:47 $0.99
17. Lullaby for the Long Dirt Nap
2:43 $0.99
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Album Notes
Ken Bonfield is a self-taught fingerstyle guitarist who composes and performs original instrumental guitar music. Talk about a niche.

The most common question he gets is "What do you call your music?". Is Fojazzical a genre? A versatile guitarist, Bonfield just uses whatever type of music will tell the story he's trying to tell. You'll hear themes found in Celtic, American Folk, Blues, Jazz, Classical, even Ragtime.

Modeled after influential albums from his youth by Doc Watson, Segovia, and Leo Kottke, Whistlin' Past the Graveyard is a collection of 17 songs packed with melody and passion. Bonfield's use of a custom Carruth Baritone guitar stretches the sonic fabric of what most folks think a guitar is capable of, and as always, Bonfield's tuneful melodies will leave you humming a tune, or wiping away a tear of joy.

With the release of Whistlin Past the Graveyard Bonfield has come full circle, back to his roots as a solo guitarist. Recorded live, with no over-dubs and little editing, Whistlin Past the Graveyard is Bonfield's solo tour-de-force.



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Rarely does a composer for guitar have the virtuosity to do justice to difficult compositions. Bonfield has that, in spades.
I won't talk about genre here, just the variety of mood in his pieces. If you can keep from tapping a foot to Opal's Delight and Zephyr, you're probably hearing impaired. Given the collection's title,Partial 2 U is appropriate - a repeating motif that varies just enough to demonstrate the composer's cleverness, and which reminds me off tolling bells.
I could go on, but you get the idea - musical Americana, from near-gospel to blues, to music Mark Twain would have loved - all done with great musical skill and sensitivity.
Bonfield will likely be the next widely known acoustic guitarist and composer.