The Undiscovered: Kevin Cardamore

Kevin Cardamore


Steel-String Fingerstyle Instrumentals

Steel Strings is the debut CD by Canadian steel-string acoustic guitarist Kevin Cardamore, and the album features fourteen original, instrumental solo pieces. Influenced by artists such as Bruce Cockburn, Don Ross, Leo Kotke and Lenny Breau, Cardamore's music is marked by shimmering acoustic fingerpicking, story-driven melodies and strangely wonderous imagary - all delivered with a craftsman's touch. It's clear Caradmore has spent a lot of time honing his technique in order to deliver a memorable listening experience - helped along by the production and inspiration of Ross, who also engineered and mixed the project. The opening two tracks, "Steel Strings" (about relationships) and "Machines And Gods" (about how technology can bring people closer together), really set the stage for the entire album, giving a good indication of the kind of material that awaits the listener.


Kevin got his first guitar at age 13, and took two years of classical lessons. He noodled around for a bit, and wrote his first song at age 15. Around 1971, Kevin first heard the instrumentals of Bruce Cockburn and immediately became a big fan of his and of steel string fingerstyle guitar. He then bought a steel string guitar and played for several years, being influenced by Leo Kotke. Kevin took a long hiatus from the guitar, and it wasn't until 1994, that he happened to see a concert by Don Ross at Nepean Point in Ottawa, and instantly wanted to get back into playing the guitar again. He attended one of Ross' workshops, bought a 1995 Lowden O-12 steel string guitar, and began writing for his debut CD release.

Cardamore Is currently working on his next CD, "Folk Art", to be released early next year.

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