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***2005 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion
***2003 International Thumbpicking Guitar Champion
***Performer for the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society
***Performer on WSM's Grand Ole Opry "Bluegrass Night" at the world famous Ryman Auditorium
Shane is a singer, songwriter, guitarist who is devoted to preserving traditional fingerstyle/thumbstyle guitar. His musical approach reflects his admiration for legendary musicians such as Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, and Doc Watson. Yet, he enjoys stepping forward to include his own flavor in original songs and popular favorites.
Back from France - May 18, 2011
After a 10 hour flight Lisa, Jim & I were met at the airport in Paris by our host, Christian Dumontier & his friend Bruno. We traveled 3 hours to Graveline & were taken to our "flat" which was a 3 bedroom apartment on the second story of what used to be a school for girls.
We were given some meal coupons from a sponsor of the concert known as La Symphony, a small cafe in the middle of town. To give you an idea of French hospitality the cafe was usually closed on Wednesdays but opened for Lisa, Jim & I. The food & service was wonderful.
We were joined by Jerome Maloval, Didier Moreliere, Bruno Mursic & Gerard Butcher, all excellent guitarists, who were also part of the concert.
The concert was held on April 22nd at the Scene Vauban, a 17th century fort on the river Aa complete with a mote. It was a night that I will never forget. Bruno & Gerard started the show playing classical guitars as a duet. They were very professional with a great sound.
Next was Jerome & Didier. They played a variety of Jerry Reed & Chet style tunes. Jerome was lightening fast & is one of the best guitarists I've ever seen.
I finished up the concert & let me say that there was a wide variety of guitar music played that night in old Graveline. Thanks to Pierre for suggesting that I learn the tunes La Vie En Rose & Under Paris Skies. When I played these songs the audience sang (in French) & it truly touched my heart. They made me feel at home with every song I played & I had to do 2 encores before leaving the stage.
Christian's wife, Eliane, prepared us some meals during our stay which were out of this world. Thank you for introducing us to French cuisine. I'm hooked.
The next day we held a guitar workshop & were then on our way by hi-speed train to Paris. I wondered how we would be treated as Americans there & I can say that we were absolutely made to feel at home by the Parisians. They are good folks & were very helpful.
We toured Paris on a double decker bus & by water taxi. The Eiffel Tower is the most amazing thing I've ever seen. We also spent some time in Notre Dame on Easter. It was a very spiritual place. Jim really liked it. The whole place is like a dream.
Our hotel had a view of the Eiffel Tower from our balcony. What a vacation!
We were fortunate enough to spend time in a small French village & in Paris, a large city. I would like to say thanks to Pierre & Josette Danielou & Christian & Eliane Dumontier for all you did for us. You are forever in our hearts & we can't wait to see you again.
Viva La France! Shane