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Artistry of the guitar house concert series comes to SLC

The Artistry of the Guitar House Concert Series visited Salt Lake City this weekend, with a concert in the Draper area on Friday night and a
Salt Lake City
performance on Saturday night.  Saturday’s performance, hosted by local music lover, David Allen, featured nationally renowned, finger-style guitarists Ken Bonfield and Peter Janson, both from the Boston area, and Utah’s own highly acclaimed singer-songwriter, Shane Jackman.

The three mutli-talented musicians provided an in-the-round treat for those in attendance, taking turns sharing some of their favorite tunes off the various albums they have released.  Presenting their audience with a rich mix of tempos and moods, the temporary trio featured Jackman's lyrical song performances on vocals, guitar, and harmonnica artfully sandwiched between the acoustic stylings of Bonfield and Janson.  Adding an additional flair to the evening, the artists layered in brief and often witty banter about their previous experiences and the inspiration for various pieces.


Audience favorites included Bonfield’s two love songs, one of which was in honor of a gay
couple celebrating 45 years together.  His other love song had been claimed by Bonfield’s wife of ten years, “in spite of the fact that she knew I had written it for a woman from a previous relationship,” he confessed with a grin.  Rousing applause also followed Jackman’s spirited, musical telling of the “Pirates of the Santa Fe” and his fan-favorite, “Last Blue Mile,” which included the impromptu participation of Bonfield and Janson on guitar.  Peter Janson amazed audiences with several numbers off his latest CD and brought a number of those attending unexpectedly to tears with his poignant rendering of an old Irish jig, originally written for a now legendary leader of Ireland, before its divide.

As the evening drew to a close, Bonfield invited his pals to join him for a foot-tapping rendition of one of his earliest releases, “Old Number 9,” a train song, as he described it, off his very first release.  With Jackman’s skillful harmonica play and Bonfield and Janson providing tasty licks throughout the number, one had to wonder if these three will find their way back together again for more of this natural camaraderie.

Ken Bonfield and Peter Janson now move on to continue the Artistry of the Guitar concert series in
, while Shane Jackman returns to the studio, writing songs for his next album.  After an evening of such warmth and fanciful guitar play, one thing is certain



wherever these three play, whether together or on their own



audiences are in for a memorable evening of music and great storytelling. 


For more on the Artistry of the Guitar series, including how to bring this event to your community, visit Bonfield’s, Artistry of the Guitar website.


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