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Jeff Pike Barlow

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Have A Very Flamenco Christmas

Jeff Pike Barlow's take on holiday music deserves a closer listen. Adornos is a CD-R compilation of Christmas guitar music played in a very unique style. Classic Christmas and seasonal songs are played using fingerstyle, classical, and flamenco techniques (cross-pollinating the three disciplines where appropriate). Barlow includes two of his original tunes, just in time for the holidays, "Snowfall" and "Prelude", which showcase his playing quite nicely. Which is not to say the other tracks don't - it's just great to hear songs you've heard your whole life, such as "O Holy Night', "What Child Is This?" and "Pachelbel's Canon In D", played in the rhythmic style Barlow uses on this album. The songs sound fresh, and for that, we have to tip our hat to Mr. Barlow for an excellent idea, superbly executed.

alb Jeff has been noodling around with guitars since high school (late 1970s), but he didn't get serious with the instrument until 1995. He was doing some volunteer work down in Mexico (San Miguel De Allende) when he met a Spanish gypsy who played flamenco guitar. Jeff then began studying with him daily. He loves the sound of raw flamenco guitar, but he is also very intrigued by the possibilities that exist in using flamenco to play other types of music.

Barlow is currently hard at work on another album, tentatively entitled "Encantado".

Contact Information
Jeff Pike Barlow
3890 Goldfinch Lane
Clinton, WA 98236
United States

E-mail: Jeff Pike Barlow
Web site: www.hermitageacoustics.com

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Matthew P. Smith

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West Coast Canadian Rocker

Matthew P. Smith is circulating his eleven song instrumental CD-R entitled Red Light District.. The album features all original tunes in a rock style, where he incorporates elements of funk, metal, blues and classical into the compositions. The production is rough-and-tumble, typical of home-brewed first efforts, and the lack of a real drummer is a problem with material in this style. Smith likes to incorporate scorching guitar solos into his work, which is influenced by artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Buckethead, Jeff Healy, Jimi Hendrix, Al De Meola, John McLaughlin, Paco De Lucia, Stanley Jordan, Rusty Cooley, Adam Fulara, Marcel Coenen and Shawn Lane. Smith probably has a lot more CDs in the pipeline - with more experience in the recording process some good things are bound to happen.

pic Born on August 15, 1979 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Matthew's family moved to Vancouver, B.C. - and he still resides there today. He bought his first crappy electric guitar from a friend during his first year of high school. Shortly, he discovered his love for the instrument and began spending hours upon hours learning and practicing. Matthew kept himself busy learning the basics until grade 10, where he decided to join the music department's jazz band. Around 1994, he also began looking for band mates to start his own band - which lead to 'E.B.E' aka 'Electric Blues Euphoria' (which is still running strong today). The group began playing talent shows, Battle of the Bands, and other events. E.B.E. eventually won a musical competition that allowed them to open up for The Matthew Good Band. He continued to play in the jazz program throughout high school. In 2003, Matthew decided pursue his own solo career.

Smith is now a university student (and has been for several years). He continues to play guitar religiously and balance his time between work, school, his beautiful girlfriend, and his band.

Contact Information
Matthew P. Smith
3720 Coast Meridian Rd.
Port Coquitllam, BC V3B 3P1
Canada

E-mail: Matthew P. Smith
Web site: www.captivatinguitar.com

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