Joe Stanton plays Studio Live on Wednesday

Stanton pickin’ at the Studio

Studio Live in Cumberland, March 4 7:30 p.m.

Sunshine Coast singer/songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Joe Stanton will be returning to Vancouver Island this March for four concerts, including one in the Comox Valley at Studio Live in  Cumberland on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Stanton made lots of friends here after performing at the 2012 Vancouver Island MusicFest, and was called “one of B.C.’s finest fingerstyle guitarists” by Vancouver Island’s Longevity John.

Stanton’s philosophy of “playing wherever they’ll listen” has taken him and his Martin D28, on a 30-year journey from his favourite haunts in his home on the Sunshine Coast, to a concert in a hot air balloon over the Swiss Alps, to the Kerrville Folk festival in Texas, to the world fingerpicking championships in Kansas.

His acoustic guitar style has been likened to his heroes, Leo Kottke, Chet Atkins, Bruce Cockburn,  and his songwriting has resulted in four CDs, styles ranging from bluegrass, to contemporary folk, to alt country.

Over the years Stanton has performed all over Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

Stanton’s most recent Vintage is a compilation of favourite songs from all of his releases, along with a few new solo guitar instrumentals.

Come and hear Joe Stanton at Studio Live, located at 2679 Beaufort Ave. in Cumberland. Advance tickets are $12 at Bop City Records, Courtenay, Blue Heron Books, Comox and Rider’s Pizza, Cumberland or at the door $15.


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