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Among Trees

by Francis Doughty

Original American Self-Styled 6- and 12-String Guitar Instrumentals, Kottke-schooled, Thrilling Fingerstyle Mixed with Evocative Guitar Ballads
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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1. By Lantern Light
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2. Flau Song
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3. Dream Song for a Walk on a Sunset
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4. Gandalf's Guitar Garden
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5. Christmas Birds
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6. Lilac Sunday
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7. Jasper's in the Window
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8. The Cowyard
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9. All the Beautiful boys and girls
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10. The Hermit Thrush
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11. Button-girl
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12. The elm Tree
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13. Anticipating You
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"One of the few local guitarists following in the demanding John Fahey/Leo Kottke mode...guitarist Francis Doughty is one of the best-kept secrets in town." (BOSTON HERALD)

Francis Doughty is an exciting folk instrumental guitarist who has been playing music since his early teens. Inspired by the likes of Leo Kottke, John Fahey, and a wide range of classical music, Doughty has used those influences to develop his own unique voice on the guitar, which ranges from the thrilling to the haunting.

"It takes a large talent to keep people listening when the only voice to be heard is that of a single instrument, even if it has 6 or 12 strings...Doughty uses his strings to get where he's songs that demonstate great range and tone...[they] come slowly with feeling, or they come in torrents." (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

Doughty's guitar-playing is riveting and instantly engages the audience. Indeed there are a lot of good 6- and 12-string players out there, but it is his masterful song-writing which makes Doughty a true standout.

Attending a Francis Doughty concert never fails to leave an audience enthralled. His shows present a mix of his own songs, several classic covers by Kottke, as well as arrangements of traditional or jazz pieces — and always a surprise or two. The counterpoint to his music is his endearing stage manner and colorful humor. He makes a genuine connection.

Showcase Performer at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival 2001 and 2004

"Francis Doughty paints pictures of New England with his guitar." (Jason Bovian, Here and Now, WBUR)

Francis has released two instrumental guitar CDs, Among Trees and Under the Sky, both receiving high praise from reviewers and fans - and he has been featured at venues throughout the Northeast. Doughty has shared the stage with or opened for Gordon Bok, Lui Collins, Tony Vacca, Don White, Adrienne Jones (of Mad Agnes), Kiernan Kane, Elliot Bronson, James Durst, Thea Hopkins and others. He has made numerous radio and several television appearances, including a feature on NPR's magazine show "Here and Now," taped at WBUR in Boston.

When Francis Doughty speaks through his guitar he transports the listener to another place. He comes at you with a wall of sound from his 12-string in songs such as: the highly-charged crowd-pleaser, We're Getting Closer, his equally energetic Pearl-Streaked Morning or Leo Kottke's epochal masterpiece, Morning is the Long Way Home. Tempering the fast paced favorites are the beautiful, evocative songs such as the Irish traditional song, Sheebeg Sheemore and the tender ballad Steve's Pain. The overall result is not just impressive — a Francis Doughty concert takes you on a memorable ride!

"[His] arrangements can blow blades of grass or fall like icy snow. More than words. You can easily lose yourself in Doughty's music..." (Worcester Magazine - Charlene Arsenault)


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Eli Lach

This is a peaceful, beautiful, interesting CD from start to finish. Thank you t
The above says it all.

Dr.Ernst Weeber

Me and my wife enjoy it to listen to your beautiful music every time we can.
Thank you for rising our life quality.
Your Dr. Ernst Weeber/Germany

Michael Doyle/

One of the more remarkable acoustic debuts I've heard.
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"A sheer delight.." - Entertainment Times (Keene, NH) [This message has been edited by doughty (edited May 17, 1999).]

Connie Bowblis

Today I had a great guest at 3 pm... Francis Doughty, a truly wonderful guitarist and a very well kept secret in these parts, but not for long. ... Inspired by the likes of Leo Kottke, John Fahey and Ed Gerhard, anything that can be said of their playing could probably be said of Francis Doughty. It becomes clear right away that he's very comfortable with his guitars. He totally blew me away. Not only did he play many of his own tunes but he played some of Kottke's too and if you weren't there to see him you might not have known it wasn't Kottke himself. - Connie Bowblis (host of the "Front Porch" WKNH, Keene, NH)

Felicia Brady

reminder of the good stuff of life! I find it very soothing and calming. And I like the way it gives my ears a lot to listen to. ...within each piece there is a wide color and tonal range. There's a lot there. ...varied musical ideas so that each tune lives in a world of its own. Thank you for putting your music into the world so we can enjoy it too!" --Felicia Brady (professional classical pianist)

Marcos Pimenta

"This CD is excellent...! ...the music transmits to me a sensation of peace... I'm hearing the CD for several times, each time finding a new detail, enjoying a new theme. - Dr. Marcos Pimenta (Brazillian scientist, guitarist)

Connie Bowblis

"Your album is a place to go -- it's a haven against the world, really, when it's too much with us. It's a good place to go, cause you can just be there, get right into the music." - Connie Bowblis (host of the "Front Porch" WKNH, Keene, NH)

Jan Sahlstrom

"This is absolutely fabulous! I love it! I have been playing your CD here in the office all week. Then I take mine home and play it some more. It's really wonderful!" .......(Janet Sahlstrom, painter, pastelist and fine artist, MIT Admin. Officer)


"...just sounded great -- beautiful stuff...excellent. Check out his new CD!" Johnny Memphis (host of WRSI, Greenfield, MA)
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