Once again it’s time for the Sooke Folk Music Society’s monthly Coffee House. On Saturday, Feb. 16, we are extremely proud to be presenting the amazing singer/songwriter and superb finger picking guitarist, Joe Stanton from Vancouver.
Stanton has performed in the U.S. National Finger Picking Championships and was a finalist in the Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk song writing contest. With intricate finger style guitar, earthy baritone and lyrics from life, Joe Stanton does what he loves – writing and performing acoustic music.
Stanton’s philosophy of “playing wherever they’ll listen” has taken him and his Martin D28 on a 30 year journey from his favourite haunts in his home on the Sunshine coast, to a concert in a hot air balloon over the Swiss Alps, to the Kerrville Folk festival in the hill country of Texas, to the world finger picking championships in Winfield Kansas.
Stanton’s acoustic guitar style has been likened to his heroes, Leo Kottke, Chet Atkins, Bruce Cockburn, and his song writing has resulted in four cds, styles ranging from bluegrass, to contemporary folk, to alt country, all receiving radio airplay in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Australia, and two vinyl singles in the 1980’s earning two BCCMA award nominations.
Over the years Stanton has performed all over Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Highlights include performing for the Olympic Torch Relay, the Kerrville Folk festival in Texas, the Island folk festival in Duncan, and he has been chosen for the Vancouver Province’s Playlist three times.
Stanton is always working on the next recording project. His most recent “Vintage” is a compilation of favourite songs from all of his releases, along with a few new solo guitar instrumentals, and was released June 30. 2012.
Please join us this Saturday evening, Feb. 16 at Holy Trinity Anglican Church on Murray Road for an evening of extraordinary music from this talented artist. As always, doors open at 7 p.m. with our open stage at 7:30 and our feature at 9.