Dan LaVoie and Abbie Gardner
December 16 @ 8:00 pm
Preservation New Jersey is pleased to welcome harp guitarist Dan LaVoie and dobro virtuoso Abbie Gardner to the 1867 Sanctuary. Both will give solo performances in the awesome listening room acoustics of the 1867 Sanctuary. Dan LaVoie has been absent from the scene for a while, so don’t miss rare opportunity to see them in concert in Ewing NJ!
As one of the few musicians in the world actively composing and performing on the rare harp guitar, Dan LaVoie brings a unique sound and texture to fans of acoustic music.
After playing the six-string guitar for several years, Dan picked up the harp guitar in 2001 and has since composed solely for this instrument. Bridge Guitar Reviews said Dan’s self-titled 2003 debut album contained “… a soulful atmosphere and a skilled and progressive approach to music. The music Dan produces has deep basses and well-excuted melody lines.” Bob Makin of Relic’s Magazine writes”Dan’s soaring execution will drop the jaws of unsuspecting acoustic music fans and impress those familiar with this young man’s chops! “Reminiscent of the work of Michael Hedges and Richie Havens, Dan’s music is sophisticated and compelling, and his live performances are a special experience visually and aurally.
Dan tours over 100 dates a year extensively throughout the U.S., as well as internationally, with stops in England, Portugal, Czech Republic, Austria and British Columbia. He is also an annual performer at the Harp Guitar Gathering, a concert series featuring the world’s finest harp guitarists. Dan has opened for and shared the stage with Vance Gilbert, Steve Forbert, Brooks Williams, The Dave Brubek Quartet, Andy Mckee, Bill Miller, Muriel Anderson, Stephen Bennett, Vinx, Cliff Eberhardt, Dickey Betts, Levon Helm and many more. Dan is endorsed by Holloway Harp Guitars, DR Strings, Dtar preamps and K&K Pickups.
In 2010, Dan released his highly anticipated second CD entitled “Cause and Effect” featuring duets with Andy Mckee (music for a found harmonium) and Michael Manring (cause & effect) as well as several new songs including “Pegasus” featuring a 1910 Larson Bro. parlor guitar. The song “Long Distance Call” was previously featured on the 2009 compilation album “Harp Guitar Dreams” and also “Nostalgic Memories: Acoustic Breath VI”, released in Japan, to much critical acclaim.
Abbie Gardner (www.abbiegardner.com), the fiery Dobro player with an infectious smile has been touring with Americana darlings Red Molly for the past eleven years. After gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, the band decided to take an indefinite hiatus in 2015, so Abbie is striking out on her own! No stranger to solo performing, she has three CDs to draw from, each with award-winning songs. Tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, ride the back of her by-now familiar, formidable slide guitar licks. She channels Lucinda and Bonnie, but remains pure Abbie. She has been recognized as an award-winning songwriter, as well, with such accolades as; 2008 Lennon Award Winner (folk) for “The Mind of a Soldier” and 2008 American Songwriter Magazine Grand Prize Lyric Winner for “I’d Rather Be”. Her song “Honey on My Grave” was also published in Sing Out! Magazine in 2008.
“With a confidence that can only be earned, Gardner bursts out with a national steel guitar and a ballsy blues on the opening cut “Break It Slow.” It’s an unprecedented romp, fully of gnarly guitar lines and lyrics reminiscent of Lucinda Williams or Bonnie Raitt.” – Eli Peterson, Twangville
- $20 for General Admission
- $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
- $5 for School and College students with ID
- $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**
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