Guitar lovers will be thrilled to come to the Garden Chapel at Coalesce Bookstore on July 14 to hear Grammy Award winner Ed Gerhard perform. Gerhard is accomplished performing on 6-string, 12-string, Acoustic Hawaiian Lap Slide and slide guitar. He is known for his compositional depth and gorgeous tone.
After hearing Andres Segovia perform classical guitar on a TV show when he was 10 years old, Gerhard tuned into guitar music. He obtained his own guitar at age 14 and took about three lessons after quitting and teaching himself, learning by ear using slowed-down LPs. His original interest in classical morphed into much more after hearing the music of bluesman Mississippi John Hurt. At 15 years of age he began to play at church functions often playing alone but also with other musicians.
Gerhard moved to New Hampshire in 1977 and found a thriving folk and acoustic music scene that was just the right mix for him.
“Back then there seemed to be no limitations to places to play,” Gerhard said. “And more importantly what you could play.”
Besides performing solo, he often sat in with other folk musicians. At this same time, he began to compose and arrange his own music using an array of alternative guitar tunings.
Gerhard began recording in 1987 with his debut album “Night Birds” which made the Top 10 Albums List in the Boston Globe Critics Poll. He was also included on Windham Hill Records Guitar Sampler Volume One which was one of the three hundred thousand selling Sampler, “The Handing Down.” He has released his ninth CD “There and Gone” and was awarded a Grammy for his inclusion on the CD “Henry Mancini Pink Guitar.” His guitar work can be heard on recordings by Arlo Guthrie, Bill Morrissey, Jorma Kaukonen and in the Ken Burn’s films “Mark Twain” and “The National Parks Americas Best Idea.”
Folks are sure to enjoy this evening of guitar music delighting in Gerhard’s rich melodies, original compositions, chordal complexities and stylistic variety.
Tickets for this event are $22 and can be purchased at Coalesce Bookstore, 845 Main Street, Morro Bay, or by calling 805-772-2880. Performance begins at 7 p.m. Friday, July 14.