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Pat Kirtley, Musician

Pat Kirtley

Pat Kirtley is a gifted performer who combines a rich musical heritage with masterful contemporary technique on the acoustic guitar. This National Fingerstyle Champion’s musical roots are in the Southern country and bluegrass tradition, but it is his original material that places him on the cutting edge of new acoustic music. His repertoire defies categorization as he weaves tunes into a tapestry of folk, pop, Celtic, and down-home country—all translated to the guitar with honesty, humor, and depth.

Clean, driving, melodically pure compositions are his trademark. His style expands the boundaries of the folk genre, reflecting the far-reaching impact and current popularity of the acoustic guitar. Pat’s CD Kentucky Guitar was named one of the Top 59 Acoustic Albums of 1996 by Japan’s Player magazine, and Pat was honored to be named a member of the “Next Generation of Hot New Acoustic Acts” in the December 1997 issue of Acoustic Guitar magazine. His deadpan wit, engaging personality, and splendid versatility combine to create a unique musical experience. Pat delights enthusiastic audiences at concerts, festivals, and workshops throughout the United States and Europe.

His January 2001 recording, Just Listen, serves up another fine slice of acoustic Americana.

Program 332

2001 Kentucky Poet Laureate James Baker Hall, news from the Pleiades Theatre, musician Pat Kirtley, woodcarver Ron Thomas, and an exhibit of paintings by Tona Barkley. (#332)


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