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Moonstone

by Alan Welsh

Stand-out soulful acoustic guitar compositions embracing a myriad of styles, featuring the virtuosic playing and sublime tone of this Australian guitarist. These impeccably crafted and captivating tracks are delivered with undeniable eloquence and FEEL.
Genre: Easy Listening: Mature
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1. La Reina de Culiacan
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2. Vals Venezolano No.2
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3. Baroque Incantation
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4. El Negrito
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5. En Otro Lugar
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6. African Homage
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7. Moonstone
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8. Reflexions Sentimentales
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9. El Coral de Oro
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10. La Maja de Goya
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11. Wrapped Around Your Finger
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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MOONSTONE

Soulful Acoustic Guitar

Alan Welsh

This recording is a unique collaboration between one musician and four of his acoustic guitars. There are tracks on this CD where the guitar is used in the traditional way as a solo instrument; there are others which will convince the listener that an entire band is playing – yet only one, or at most two guitars, are being used to simulate the tonal complexity of an ensemble.

Alan Welsh has come up with an innovative and exciting approach that extends the guitar way beyond its normal function. In the past, on solo multi-track recordings, artists have played a range of instruments individually and these have been layered one at a time in the studio, using drums and percussion instruments, bass, keyboards, etc... In contrast, the multi-layering on Moonstone was achieved entirely by Alan Welsh using either one guitar or combining two (a Howell classical and/or L00 Gibson steel string), with all percussion sounds produced by plucking, tapping, and muting the guitar top, sides and fret-board to replicate a percussion ensemble. Bass parts were created by muting the bass strings of a classical guitar. No other instrument but the acoustic guitar has been used.

Produced live in a small private studio in Perth, Western Australia, all tracks were recorded as simply as possible without elaborate effects: most, whether percussive, chordal or melodic, are one-takes. Ensemble pieces, such as tracks 2, 5, 6, 7 and 11 were improvised in the studio and recorded live on the same day.

Moonstone reflects musical choices and directions that have defined Alan Welsh’s life. From his first gig at age 14 with the U.K.’s foremost jazz pianist, the late Duncan Swift, Alan Welsh has developed the ability to play the guitar in every possible style with conviction and passion.

Alan’s musical career has spanned the UK, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong, where he currently resides as a performer, teacher and composer. These tracks epitomize Alan’s influences, tastes and preoccupation with World Music overlaid with his own ideas and signature soulful sound. Classical, Jazz, Afro-Pop, Flamenco and Contemporary styles blend with themes derived from Europe, Africa, South America, Mexico and Spain. The compositions include original solo classical pieces (tracks 1, 3, 8 and 9), original contemporary instrumental tracks (5, 6 and 7) and two fresh arrangements of previously heard pieces (tracks 2 and 11).

It is hoped that this recording will enrich the repertoire of the acoustic guitar.


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Carol Saunders

Music to soothe a troubled soul
Wonderful music to sooth a troubled soul. Whether background music for an intimate dinner gathering, an evening's chill out combined with candlelight and wine or popping it in the car CD player to accompany the journey home, music that will bring a smile to your lips and a calmness to your soul.

Elaine Holmes

Highly recommened, this will appeal to both lovers of the acoustic music genre a
This albumn creates a wonderful ambience, it has a laid back feel yet the songs are extremely intricate. The musician has created some beautiful pieces here, and I have not heard the guitar played so elegantly and with such ease. He has really captured the soul of the instruments. Highly recommened, this will appeal to both lovers of the acoustic music genre and others alike.

Bernard Barisic

Great New Music for the Classical Guitar
As a fan of classical guitar music. I find Alan Welsh's compositions a breath of fresh air and am amazed at the sounds he has coax out of the classical guitar. I hope he puts this music in sheet music form, it would make a great addition to anyone's repertoire. Excellent

Richard

Great CD It's gone straight into my favourites collection
This is the best instrumental CD I have heard in a long time. I recommend it to all guitar lovers. Can't wait for the next CD.

Ben

A brilliant album. Definitely Recommend.
I recently purchased a copy of this album & now keep a copy in my CD stacker in my car, great to listen to and soothing for whenever you get cut off :)

I throughly enjoyed / still enjoy all tracks but give a special mention to En Otro Luga.

Thanks Alan for a brilliant album.

-Ben

Roger

Memories and moods.
I've loved a wide range of music all my life...at least from the age of 10, as accurately as I can recall. This CD somehow manages to conjure up some of the best memories and moods from my last 50 years! Uncanny.

Ross

For lovers of the guitar
A superb collection of musical pieces which highlight both the versatility of the guitar as an instrument, and the abilities of the guitarist. His sheer virtuosity produces pieces of depth and complexity, but never at the expense of the melody.

An album of subtle nuance and masterful power, the music captivates and sends you on a journey of discovery. A simply marvelous offering not to be missed. 5 stars!

Tim Bowyer

Very, very good guitar music
This CD contains original, serious, innovative and above all 'felt' music - goddagetit!