David Surette Clinic
One of New England's finest guitarists, David Surette has been quietly generating a growing following for his work as a soloist. His solo albums Back Roads and Trip to Kemper have helped to establish him as a top player and arranger of Celtic fingerstyle guitar, yet his diverse repertoire also includes original compositions, blues and ragtime, traditional American roots music, and folk music from a variety of traditions, all played with finesse, taste, and virtuosity. He is equally at home on the mandolin and bouzouki and is well-known as a top-notch accompanist in New England's contra dance and Celtic music circles. He is also in demand as a studio musician and sideman. He has performed throughout the country at festivals, concerts, coffeehouses, and contra dances, and in 1999 toured in Brittany, France. Since 1988 Surette has enjoyed an inspired musical partnership with singer Susie Burke, with whom he has just released a duo recording, Sometimes in the Evening. He also plays regularly with fiddler Rodney Miller, with whom he performed at the 1999 Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife and released two recordings. He was awarded an NEA travel grant in 1994 to study the traditional music of Brittany and has written a book of Celtic guitar arrangements for Mel Bay Publications.