Charlotte’s Web presents Ed Gerhard in concert

Plucking and strumming a variety of guitars, Ed Gerhard will kick off the autumn season of Charlotte’s Web at the Mendelssohn Club during ARTscene weekend. Whether he is performing on a Hawaiian lap steel or a slide, Gerhard has been heralded as an extremely lyrical and serious musician with excellent tone. Critics nationwide have recognized this musician for being able to move the listener by playing but a single note, and he is also known by his technique which can be caught on A Fingerstyle Summit, released by Alfred Publishing with Martin Simpson and Adrian Legg. Gerhard’s playing is included on many albums, including recordings with Arlo Guthrie and Bill Morrissey. He recently released his seventh CD on Virtual Records and tours extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan and Europe. There is an almost glittering quality about Gerhard’s sound on the slide guitar, like shattered crystal falling into water. Although there is the slight tendency toward super-emotionalism in his music (and subsequent cheesiness), when isn’t there? His originals are tender and melodic, but his “covers” on House of Guitars, such as McCartney’s “I Will” are brought to another level of clarity in feeling and emotion. Oh, and another thing about Gerhard is that on House of Guitars, he used an array of scrappy old starter guitars (like the plastic one your dad bought you when you turned 7) and antique pawnshop ones to make the album. The CD sounds like a tasteful mix of jazz-styles, folk and various ethnic influences that adds up to one Ed Gerhard. Gerhard began playing guitar at age 14 and was inspired by the great Andres Segovia, whom he witnessed on TV, and later by John Fahey. These influences can be heard as his range truly displays classical sensibilities with experimental freedom but no show-offs. The winner of many awards and having radio air-play doesn’t seem to have affected his playing negatively, but he continues to be praised by The Boston Globe, Folkroots of London, Guitar Player Magazine, The Telegraph of Nashua, N.H., and many other publications. You can check out Gerhard courtesy of Charlotte’s Web at the Mendelssohn Club, Saturday, Oct. 4 during ARTscene. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Information: 964-2238.

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