Fingerstyle Guitarists: Antoine Dufour, Trevor Gordon Hall, Van Larkins@Hugh’s Room-Sat.,July 13th,2019

By Wayne Baggs
I was supposed to be at the Roxodus Fest watching Kid Rock and Alice Cooper. Instead, I found myself at Hugh’s Room Live for the first night of Guitar Week. Sometimes you end up with something the total opposite, leaving a lasting impression. Instead of loud rock and thousands of screaming fans, I went to a night billed as Modern Acoustics. Three of the World’s Best Fingerstyle Guitarists: Antoine Dufour, Trevor Gordon Hall, Van Larkins had me right from the first note of each of their sets.

Starting the night with a set from Montreal-based guitarist Antoine Dufour, a musician’s musician. Who also knows the proper pronunciation of Toronto, with two T’s. His technic, combined with the intricate writing and musicality of his playing is truly mesmerizing. Engaging the mind and transporting the soul. Van Larkins started his set by joining Antoine for a few songs and then continuing solo. Again I was drawn in from the first notes. As with Antoine, Van’s music is great because of the compositions. Songs such as Raven Mire, my fav of the night, and Cold fusion are prime examples. At the end of his set Van graciously agreed to pick the raffle winner for the swag bag, offered by Guitar Week sponsors, Long& McQuade and D’Addario. That brings us to Trevor Gordon Hall a stylistic master, from which melodic sonic textures draw you in and the mind releases. With the help of local master luthier Sheldon Schwartz, the Kalimbatar became fine-tuned. Played with such musicianship is a joy to watch. These three don’t just play the guitar; it’s more of a creative experience than that. The three kept the audience amused during the constant tunings Antoine humorously mentioned as a fact to be noted.

Gracious and humorous was the after-show atmosphere. I had a great time talking to them. I’ve got to admit all three have a new fan. Roxodus who????/ and

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We would like to thank Jane Harbury for the invitation to Guitar Week.