Superpickers' CD Blues on the Ceiling provides an opportunity to hear the musical interactions of three of Newfoundland’s most accomplished guitarists—Sandy Morris, Peter Narvaez and Glen Collins. The acoustic traditional and original blues and ragtime songs of phenomenal fingerpicker Peter Narvaez, whose CD Some Good Blues, received nominations from both the MIANL and the ECMA in 2002-’03 for blues artist of the year, provides a frame for the improvised solos of flatpicker and fingerstylist extraordinaire Sandy Morris as well as for the amazing hot licks of flatpicker Glen Collins.
Bios of Superpickers
Glen Collins (flatpicked guitar) is one of the most sought after guitarists in Newfoundland. He has performed, recorded and toured with many of Newfoundland's finest musical artists including Dana Parsons, Kelly-Anne Evans, Janet Cull, Dana Parsons, Jeff Dyer, Peter Narvaez, Damhnait Doyle, and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, to name a few. A consummate sideman, he has appeared on over 25 local CDs, and has also taken on the role of producer for two local releases. A longtime member of TaDa! Productions musical staff, he has been a member of pit bands for The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret, Chicago, Divas Do Christmas, Divas Do Broadway, Cats, Tommy, Evita, and others. In addition to having many television and radio performances to his credit, Glen also leads two of his own groups: The Glen Collins Quartet, and Sonic Nirvana.
Sandy Morris (flatpicked and fingerstyle guitar) has made his living as a versatile and resourceful musician since 1965. An original member of the legendary Wonderful Grand Band, his more recent collaborations include Rasa (with Erin Best), and the Eight Track Favourites. Morris has contributed his own compositions, his performances, and his musical expertise to film and television projects for more than 30 years. His credits include serving as musical director or producer for CBC’s Land and Sea, Violet, Tommy, the East Coast Music Awards, and Codco, among many other projects. For an extensive listing of his fine musical contributions see his website:
Peter Narvaez (fingerstyle guitar, vocalist, harmonica) who originally recorded with John Fahey’s legendary Takoma label in the 1960s, has entertained Newfoundland, Labrador and Atlantic Canadian audiences with his performances of downhome acoustic blues, ragtime, and original songs for over thirty-five years. A remarkable fingerstyle guitarist, he has appeared as a soloist and group member (Cookstown Jukes, Rowdy Blues) at many regional, national and international fests and concerts including the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival (Fredericton), The Nottoden Blues Festival (Norway), and the Lee Delta Blues Society (Ireland). His critically acclaimed CD Some Good Blues was the best selling blues CD at Fred's Records for five years. In August of 2005, Peter's thirty year reunion concert ("Da Boys Play the Blues") with fellow Newfoundland blues musicians Denis Parker and Scott Goudie for Second Stage Productions was a sold out, critically acclaimed engagement (“All three are superb players and recording artists, our very own ‘blues godfathers’”). Hear and see two of Peter's performances of original blues on ‘Out of the Fog’ via YouTube at: