Chris Proctor, winner of the U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship, will perform as part of the Barnyard Acoustic Music Festival at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in the historic Schmeiser Barn west of Davis.
This final barn concert of the year is co-sponsored by Barnyard Theatre and the UC Davis Friends of Acoustic Music. The evening’s presentation of guitar mastery is suitable for everyone in the family. A renowned contemporary acoustic guitar artist, Proctor has become very popular with Davis audiences over the past decade.
An internationally recognized six- and 12-string guitarist, composer, recording artist, performer and clinician for Taylor Guitars, Proctor has produced several books and videos that teach his techniques and compositions for solo guitar, and writes extensively for the guitar press.
He recently released his 10th solo recording, “Close and Personal Friends,” on Sugarhouse Records, as well as a concert/interview DVD, “Morning Thunder,” on Stefan Grossman’s Vestapol Video Guitar Artistry series.
Proctor is known around the western world as one of the modern masters of fingerstyle guitar, and is at the forefront of contemporary steel-string guitar. Since winning the National Fingerstyle Guitar competition, he has toured constantly in North America and Europe, releasing a steady stream of recordings of his compositions and arrangements.
His music is rooted in classic Americana — spiced with soul, folk, Celtic, jazz, pop and classical flavors, all of which are in evidence in the nine finely crafted medleys that comprise “Close and Personal Friends,” a stunning set of arrangements of the music he grew up with.
He has appeared on two popular Windham Hill Guitar Samplers and was senior clinician for Taylor Guitars for more than 20 years. To honor him, Taylor manufactured 100 “Chris Proctor Signature Model” guitars to his unique design specifications.
The Schmeiser Barn, 35125 County Road 31 (the extension of Covell Boulevard), is exactly four miles west of Lake Boulevard. Tickets (a $15 donation) for the show may be reserved by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by leaving a message at 530-752-1958. Reservations are recommended, since Barnyard Acoustic Music shows often sell out.
For more information, visit the Barnyard Theatre website at www.barnyardtheatre.org.