The Rediscovered: Don Alder

Don Alder


Naughty, Wicked Fingerstyle

Canada's Don Alder plays acoustic fingerstyle guitar with a passion that has quickly earned him a reputation as Vancouver's "best kept little secret", fingering up some of the nastiest, naughty, wicked and wild fingerstyle acoustic guitar music you'll hear. His CD, The Best Of Don Alder, is loaded up with powerful, unpredictable acoustic instrumentals, which back up his well deserved reputation. Shimmering, propulsive playing is tempered by a keenly honed melodic sense, giving his music an appeal to groups beyond the technical fanatics. Regularly performing with the Duvateens, a Vancouver-area R&B/funk band, and as a solo acoustic artist, Alder will probably attract a lot more attention to his live gigs with this CD. Highly recommended. Don Alder was originally profiled in the October-November, 2005 edition of The Undiscovered.


An accomplished live performer, Don has toured in B.C. with blues, folk, pop, funk and country artists over the last 23 years. He has also worked as a professional studio musician and sound engineer. As a composer, Don has created original commissioned works for television, radio, theatre, albums, feature films, documentaries and videos. He was a member of the team that went around the world with Rick Hansen in the late 1980s on his Man In Motion Tour, which led Don to volunteer work with the Vancouver Adapted Music Society (VAMS). As a member of the VAMS performance band, Spinal Chord, Don helped break new ground in shaping perceptions, produced a CD and video and made numerous live and television appearances to promote and support music by the disabled.

Don has recently done master class work with some of the best acoustic fingerstyle artists in the world, including Don Ross and Peppino D'Agostino, Stephen King and Alex De Grassi. In September 2002, Don competed in the prestigious U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship in Winfield, Kansas.

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