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Coral Piece 03:07


Instrumental Album of the Year

"Finnigan's playing on "The Brave Dog" is less tapping and percussive than some other earlier efforts, incorporating a bit more straight picking, and overall follows a more reflective tone throughout the disk. The opening cut, "Race to the Shore," is more upbeat, as the title suggests. "Eleven and a Half" is a funky groove between bass and trebles. One of Finnigan's strengths is knowing when to end a song, not repeating a lot of phrases. No song is actually longer than four minutes, rare for acoustic guitar music. "Curious as a Raven" is a gentle ballad, while "Drawing Board and Fret Board" suggests exploration of the tonal palette in minor chords. "March of the Millipede" utilizes triplets in staccato to create the image of watching a military review of millipedes in formation across your living room floor. The 11 tracks end with "Coral Piece," highlighting Finnigan's ability to make us listen, not so much to figure out what he's doing, but just to appreciate the sound. Finnigan creates lovely melodies, never trying to prove anything by his playing, but allowing his songs to sink into the soul. Another nice record from Les Finnigan."
- Kirk Albrecht, Minor 7th


released April 26, 2013


Original liner notes:

Watercolour painting The Brave Dog by Valeria Fellini.
Guitars handcrafted by Fabrizio Alberico.
Recorded by Les Finnigan at String Plunker Studios.
Mastered by Graemme Brown at Zen Mastering.
Graphics by Gary Dunham at Mercury Graphics.
Curious as a Raven dedicated to the memory of Mark Harris.

All compositions by Les Finnigan
2013 String Plunker Records (SOCAN)

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The physical album (not available here on bandcamp) includes the bonus DVD - Les Finnigan Live at the West Coast Guitar Night, a full live set filmed in high definition wide screen at the 13th annual West Coast Guitar Night. It features some of Les Finnigan’s more rhythmic pieces plus 3 bonus tracks from his previous DVD, String-O-Vision.


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Les Finnigan ~ Solo Acoustic Guitar Vancouver, British Columbia

Canadian acoustic guitarist Les Finnigan has received six award nominations and one win for best instrumental song. His original compositions combine modal and counterpoint techniques, standard and alternate tunings, and hybrid picking (fingerstyle and flatpicking), to create music that is artistic, thought provoking, and rich with melodic motifs. ... more

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