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Workshop redux: The Summit County Songwriters Circle has invited me to reprise the workshop I presented at the KSU folk festival last year. It's called "Chord Progressions Demystified", and it's an explanation of how harmonic structures and the major scale work together. This basic musical knowledge is important for anyone who wants to write songs or improvise, and can also help in understanding, learning and anticipating chord changes in any kind of music. The workshop takes place on Monday, January 17 at 7:00 and is free and open to the public. Directions and more are available on the SCSC website at

2010 Kent State Folk Festival:
I was asked to direct the workshops this year at the KSU folk festival, and I think they're pretty well set. The festival runs from November 17 - 20, 2010, with the workshops happening on Saturday afternoon, November 20, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you've attended the workshops before, you'll find much that's familiar as well as a few new wrinkles. If you've never been, well, you've just gotta come! We've got five rooms plus the Kiva filled with some of the most talented local and regional musicians you'll ever hear. Some of the workshops are educational, some are interactive, and others are just some fine players doing what they do best, making great music. Come listen, dance, learn and have fun!

2011 Kent State Folk Festival - September 20-24
2011 workshop schedule: coming soon!
2010 workshop schedule

Tour Update: Things are slowly coming together for the May/June tour. I'm actually going to be on the road more than I thought originally, starting in Knoxville, going out to the west coast and back through Colorado. I have a few anchor gigs scheduled and some more tentative, to be (hopefully) filled in with lots of coffee houses and other small venues. Anyone who has suggestions for places to play on that approximate route, please let me know. This will be the most extensive performance tour I've made since I used to play with a travelling show band, and that was a loooong time ago! With any luck, I'll run out of CDs...

I got another great review on the new cd from FolkWorld:
"A strikingly beautiful rendition of the John Dowland piece “Flow My Tears” seems to bring out the best of Kean’s guitar playing, matched only by his original piece “After the Harvest”, for which Kean won the 2008 Kent State Folk Festival talent contest..."
Check out this one and many more on the Press page!

NEW! VIDEOS! ( case listening wasn't enough!)

NEW! Now on MySpace! (...more "in case that wasn't enough!")

Woodchoppers Ball - Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 pm
I'm not playing in it this year, but one of the best shows for acoustic guitar fans is Brian Henke's benefit for the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, the Woodchoppers Ball. Featuring nine top guitarists from around the country and beyond, these shows are tops in "Wow factor" and support a good cause as well. More info:

WOW! Rave reviews and boffo kudos! The New York Times gushes, "One of the top two or three hundred acoustic guitarists in Kent Ohio..." Well, OK, not really, but I did get a couple of nice online reviews recently for the new CD - check 'em out on the new Press page. In the interest of more shameless self-promotion, I've added a few of the more complimentary comments folks have sent me (somehow, the catcalls and scathing remarks have been lost...). If anyone feels like saying anything else, I'd love to have you add your glowing review to the New River Guitarism page at CDBaby. And thanks!

It's Here! : The new CD is out and available at last! For all who've expressed interest I appreciate your patience and I hope you find it worth the wait. The name is "New River Guitarism" and several of the songs were inspired by the New River Gorge in West Virginia where I've been going for years to rock climb, raft and just enjoy the beautiful scenery. Please check it out, listen to the sample clips here or on CDBaby and let me know what you think! The music is all guitar, mostly fingerstyle and mostly original, with a fiddle tune and a renaissance song tossed in for good measure. I like it, I hope you will too.

New combo...Dave Howard and I are working as a duo these days. Dave is well known around Northeast Ohio as a luthier and guitar repairman as well as a fine guitarist. He also plays mandolin, and he and I are doing an eclectic mix of originals, fiddle tunes, swing, blues and country songs that'll keep you guessing as well as tapping your foot (multiple feet are also encouraged!). Check out the schedule page for dates or sign up for the newsletter for up-to-date info. Also, you can see us on YouTube doing the traditional "Salt Creek" and one of my tunes, "One More Tear" along with a couple of videos of my solo work.

Free! New Music! "After the Harvest", performed at the Kent State Folk Festival
I was honored as the winner of the Kent State Folk Festival talent contest this year, and my prize was to open up the Nanci Griffith show on Saturday night. It was truly a rewarding experience, and I got some wonderful feedback from my performance. I almost didn't make it to the contest on time because I was playing in the Fiddle Tunes workshop in the 4-5 o'clock slot and apparently the contestants hit the downbeat right at 5 ( I rolled in as #4 was finishing up). Fate was kind, however, and they had me at the #8 slot, and the rest is (minor) history. I played one of the songs from the CD I'm currently recording, and here it is for free download.

Video on Youtube! The Summit County Songwriter's Circle has put a couple of videos of yours truly up on the most addictive site around. If you can take the multimedia onslaught of seeing and hearing me at the same time, you might want to check them out (if for no other reason than to see me make funny faces when the monitors starting fuzzing out in the middle of Just One Dream!)

Seneca Rag
Just One Dream

I'd like to thank everyone who has supported me and my music. As most of you know, I've been struggling with tendonitis in my left arm (guitar elbow?) but we seem to have come to a truce these days, and I am playing again. So again, thanks for your support and I hope to be back to what passes for normalcy again soon.


Many thanks to all those who voted for me in the Open Mic contest. I didn't win, but I turned in a respectable showing, especially for an instrumental. If you haven't been there yet, Folk Alley is a radio website that plays folk/acoustic music around the clock, good stuff! Check it out at:


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