Ken Bonfield is a recognized performer and composer of American fingerstyle acoustic guitar instrumentals played on guitars of his own design commissioned from master luthier; Alan Carruth.
In his open-hearted, welcoming concerts, workshops and master classes, he shares with listeners new guitar dimensions and sonic explorations. His compositions are performed with his "chamber ensemble " of handcrafted instruments ranging from standard 6 string guitars to an 11-string harp guitar, and includes two baritone guitars. Bonfield's work and calling is inspired by a deep love for the beauty, the sounds, and the craft of the acoustic guitar.
The Home page is where you'll land and read recent news, the Bio page tells you Ken's story in detail, the Artistry of the Guitar page details Ken's outreach via concerts, workshops, and private mentoring, the Music page is Ken's store where you'll find CDs, MP3s, and TAB, the Shows page will have a smattering of past concerts and up-to-date touring information, the Dangling Conversation page is for Guitar-heads and Gear-geeks; it's chock full of information about Ken's guitars, gear, and tunings, and the Links page will direct you to the guitars and gear Ken uses as well as to friends and peers.
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Ken's Legacy is now available.
Ken used his three newest Carruth guitars, two baritones and a harp guitar to record the project: there are harp guitar arrangements of a couple of older Bonfield gems; The Passing and Centerline, as well as a stunning arrangement of Bonfield's Kottke-esque Homage on his long-scale baritone. And harking back to the Bonfield/Ebel/Manring era Bonfield laid down a truly haunting solo version of Angela's Ashes, also on long-scale baritone. If you've become a fan of Bonfield's solo shows of the past 5 or 6 years, this is the CD for you!
You can buy yours securely through PayPal right here. It'll be available digitally from my site within 7-10 days and iTunes within 30.
Thanks to a link from Patrick Rothfuss' blog, Ken's song Wise Man's Fear has received over 10,000 views in just one week! This song has been renamed The Name of the Wind, and closes out the new CD, Legacy. Check it out.
Again, to help Ken prepay for the CD just go to KickStarter and make a pledge; it's easy, and your patronage is appreciated. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1178369491/legacy-20-years-of-solo-guitar