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Harvey Reid

Harvey Reid is a songwriter and also a master of multiple instruments. He has carefully honed his craft over many years at countless clubs, festivals, on many a street corner, cafes, schools, and concert halls all across the nation. Some have called him the "renaissance man of folk music." He has made his study the vast repertoire of American music and crafted it into his own personal and distinctively colorful style. His dozen-plus solo albums on Woodpecker Records serve well to showcase his mastery of many instruments and styles of acoustic music. These range from hip folk to country, slashing slide guitar blues to bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, ragtime, and classical. Harvey Reid's skills and versatile ability on the guitar alone have marked him as a sought-out artist in acoustic music. An accomplishment that won him the 1981 National Fingerpicking Guitar Competition as well as the 1982 International Autoharp competition. He is an outstanding veteran musician with a long list of studio and band credits. Another award came from being a strong flat picker which won him the Beanblossom Bluegrass Guitar Contest. Harvey Reid is also a versatile and engaging singer, a powerful lyricist, prolific composer, and arranger. His talents also abound as a solid mandolin and bouzouki player, as well as being a seasoned performer and entertainer. Other instruments he plays are the six-string banjo and the autoharp. Harvey Reid has been described as somewhat reclusive, but his reputation as a musician's musician is spreading fast. Though he is not associated with any major record labels or any of the hype media, his music is having an impact on the industry.

He was included on the 1995 Rhino Records Acoustic Music of the 90's album, and his Steel Drivin' Man album was voted in 1996 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as one of the Top Ten Essential Folk Album's of All Time. His music has appeared on the blockbuster BBC television series Billy Connolly's World Tour of Scotland. Reid has become a featured and appreciated act at many of America's premier concert clubs and festivals. Some of these include the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the Walnut Valley Festival. DJs and critics nationwide are only now discovering his remarkable recordings. Audiences from coast to coast are flocking to catch his exciting and uplifting musical performances. He has sold nearly 100,000, increasing daily, of his highly acclaimed recordings on his own record label, Woodpecker Records. Woodpecker Records is an independent label, much apart from the major-label music industry. Harvey Reid has also left his mark on the acoustic music world in other ways. He is responsibile for most of what is known about the partial capo, as well as developing all of the popular partial capo configurations in use today, which include the Esus. He was the first to record and publish music for partial capo. In 1980 he co-founded the Third Hand Capo Company. Another feat was when in 1980 he wrote the first college textbook for folk guitar. The book was titled Modern Folk Guitar and published by Random House, still in print with McGraw-Hill.

Harvey Reid was responsible for convincing Fishman Transducers on the development of the Acoustic Blender amplification system. He worked on the design team, and even wrote the instructions for it. He may have been the first acoustic independent musician to make a CD, and certainly was among the first to make DAT recordings, and helped usher in the new era of direct-to-digital recordings with a series of articles he wrote for acoustic-music magazines. Reid also was the first person to endorse Taylor Guitars, and began doing promotion for them in 1983 when they had only four employees. Harvey Reid has become an excellent role model for a large number of young, independent musicians who want to pursue their music outside of the so called "music industry." Harvey Reid takes pride on being independent, and views himself as a modern embodiment of the ancient minstrels. Many a listener finds elements of the traditional troubadour, modern poet songwriter, American back-porch picker, classical virtuoso, and some may even find a good bit of Will Rogers-style dry humor and satire included in the package. Harvey Reid's playing style includes folk, country, classical, blues, ragtime, rockabilly, Celtic, bluegrass, and popular music influences. He has a vast repertoire of traditional and contemporary songs and his public performances consist mainly of his own compositions along with traditional music, making for a very memorable occasion. ~ Larry Belanger
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: The Liberty Guitar Album

1. Fields Of Gold

2. The Liberty Blues

3. All I Have To Do Is Dream

4. St. James Infirmary

5. Old Joe Clark

6. Tennessee Waltz

7. Nocturne In Fm

8. Stephen Fostering

9. Moon Shadow

10. Shady Grove / Wildwood Flower

11. Thinking Of Jimmie

12. Simple Gifts

13. Woodying

14. Nursery Rhyming

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Track List: Capo Voodoo: Songs

1. Dreamer Or Believer

2. St. James Infirmary

3. From Where I Stand

4. How Can I Keep From Singing

5. The Cuckoo

6. The Lakes Of Pontchartrain

7. I Have Finally Found A Home

8. Once Upon A Time

9. Maybe Someday

10. Farther Along

11. A Very Old Song

12. Roving Gambler

13. Short Life Of Trouble (Feat. Joyce Andersen)

14. Twilight

15. The Boatman

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Track List: Capo Voodoo: Solo Guitar

1. Suite: For The Duchess - Part 1

2. Suite: For The Duchess - Part 2

3. Suite: For The Duchess - Part 3

4. Fur Elise

5. Arkansas Traveler

6. The Albatross

7. Macallan's Jig

8. The Norway Suite 3: Farewell To

9. Wildwood Flower

10. The Unknown Soldier

11. Johnson's Blues

12. Hard Times (Come Again No More)

13. Slipped Through My Hand

14. The Lucky Penny

15. Red In The Sky

16. Sly Damsel Serenade

17. Camptown Races / Oh Susanna

18. Prelude: From Minstrel's Dream

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Track List: The Autoharp Album

1. Waltz Of The Waves

2. On The Sea Of Galilee

3. Ung Aslaug

4. The Lowlands Of Holland

5. The Autoharp Polka

6. Southwind/Simple Gifts

7. The Coming Of Winter

8. Flowers Of Saskatchewan

9. John Henry (Autoharp Version)

10. Not Grieve The Dying Light

11. Civil War Medley

12. Peach Picking Time

13. Lament For A Cabin Boy

14. Down Yonder Medley

15. The Flower Of Loudoun County

16. The Harp That Once Through Tara's Halls

17. Frankie & Johnny

18. Bouree In G

19. Maplewood March

20. Gathering The Harvest

21. Let Your Light Shine On Me

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Track List: Artistry Of The 6-String Banjo

1. The Entertainer

2. Jesse James

3. The Gaoler's Jig

4. Six-Shooter Stomp

5. Minuet In G

6. Mock Orange

7. Sailor's Hornpipe

8. Sitting On Top Of The World

9. Rickett's Hornpipe/Boys From Bluehill

10. Bill Bailey

11. Andelusia Revisited

12. Suite: For The Duchess

13. Old Black Joe

14. Good For Nothin' Blues

15. Chanoyu

16. Cindy/Cripple Creek

17. Bonaparte Crossing The Rhine

18. Pieces Of Eight

19. Canal Street Strut

20. The Cuckoo

21. The Unknown Soldier

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Track List: Chestnuts

1. Hard Times Come Again No More

2. My Grandfather's Clock

3. Scarborough Fair

4. Gathering Flowers From The Hillsides

5. Jesse James

6. The Minstrel Boy

7. Down By The Riverside/Od Time Religion

8. Banks Of The Ohio

9. The Old Spinning Wheel

10. The Blue Bells Of Scotland

11. Simple Gifts

12. Wayfaring Stranger

13. Buffalo Gals

14. Four Marys

15. Listen To The Mocking Bird

16. Old Black Joe

17. Annie Laurie

18. Bill Bailey

19. Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)

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Track List: Circles (Remastered)

1. Oh Marie

2. Missing A Train

3. Red In The Sky, Blood On The Water

4. Circles

5. Star Island Jig

6. Shake It Loose

7. Five Cent Cigar

8. Love Like Lightning

9. Crossing The Badlands

10. Like An Orphan Child

11. Good Old Days Blues

12. Golden Rule

13. Maplewood March

14. Waiting For The Day

15. Once Upon A Time

16. Planxty Denny

17. The Gray Man

18. How In This World

19. The Unknown Soldier

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Track List: Steel Drivin' Man

1. John Henry

2. Arkansas Traveler

3. Otto Wood

4. Ain't No More Cane

5. Great Speckled Bird/Wildwood Flower

6. Railroad Bill

7. Blind Fiddler

8. Frankie & Johnnie

9. Jack Tarr The Sailor

10. The Water Is Wide

11. The Fox

12. Duncan & Brady

13. Texas Rangers

14. Camptown Races/Oh Susanna

15. Rising Sun Blues

16. Danville Girl

17. The Cuckoo

18. Streets Of Laredo

19. Red River Valley

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Track List: Of Wind And Water

1. Off To Adventure

2. Silver Blue

3. Maggots In The Sheepshide/Flowers Of Edinburgh

4. The Lakes Of Pontchartrain

5. The Keeper Of The Light

6. Pieces Of Eight

7. Show Me The Road

8. Midnight On The Water

9. Dance The Storm Is Over

10. The Boatman

11. Southwind

12. April Rain

13. Crown The Queen

14. To The Western Wind

15. Waltz Of The Waves

16. Candlelight

17. A Windy Grave

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Track List: Blues & Branches

1. The Pork Chop Slap

2. Raleigh & Spencer

3. Let Your Light Shine On Me

4. One Kind Favor

5. From Where I Stand

6. Sly Damsel Serenade

7. Fishing Pond Blues

8. Fool Me Twice Blues

9. St. James Infirmary

10. Cryderville Jail

11. The Year That Clayton Delaney Died

12. Walk Through A Graveyard

13. The Train That Carried My Girl From Town

14. Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore

15. Try Mine

16. Hollywood

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Track List: Songs From A Long Road

1. Too Old To Ride

2. Cryin' Shame

3. This Old Heart Of Mine

4. It's A Banjo Playing

5. Losers In Love

6. Sing Me A Lullaby

7. Time And Space

8. Old Portsmouth Town

9. Silver Midnight Moon

10. Restless Man

11. The Lights Of Love

12. Talkin' Organic Food

13. All Or Nothing

14. Autumn

15. Dying A Little

16. Sweet Guitar

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Track List: The Autoharp Waltz

1. Sweet Hour Of Prayer

2. The Autoharp Waltz

3. Slipped Through My Hand

4. Gold Watch & Chain/Gospel Ship

5. Scotland Bridge

6. Times Gone By (Feat. Brian Silber)

7. Fishing Pond Blues

8. Wayfaring Stranger

9. East Virginia

10. In Dark Winter Rejoiceth

11. The Train That Carried My Girl From Town

12. Scarborough Fair

13. Filled With Love

14. Lorena

15. Bully Of The Town

16. Lament For Abigail Curtis (Feat. Brian Silber)

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Track List: The Solo Guitar Project, Vol. 1

1. Racing The Storm

2. Amazing Grace/Swing Low Sweet Chariot

3. Prelude In Dm

4. Canal Street Strut

5. Uncloudy Day

6. Cindy/Cripple Creek

7. Scotland Suite 1: Requiem

8. Pegasus

9. The French Quarter Concerto

10. Fluf's Vacation

11. Archibald MacDonald Of Keppoch

12. Dirty Dish Rag

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Track List: The Solo Guitar Project, Vol. 2

1. Star Island Jig

2. The Magnolia Promenade

3. The Norway Suite 1: The Waterfall

4. The Norway Suite 2: Across The Fjord

5. Woodchopper's Reel / Jimmy In The Swamp

6. Lost Lullaby

7. Five Cent Cigar

8. Above The Clouds

9. For Whom The Bell Tolls

10. The Minstrel's Dream

11. Life Is Like A Mountain Railroad

12. Minuet In G

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dcat_of_fm
I see the bio has been updated. Thank you. There's a few things in there I didn't know, which is amazing to me since he was a friend of ours through the 80's (my mother was also a local folk musician). It just reaffirms to me that he should be far better known. I hope his presence on Pandora only helps. :)
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dcat_of_fm
Best fingerpick artist in the world, guitar 1981 and autoharp 1982. I know he's primarily a New England artist, but with those titles, he should be far better known. According to Earcraft (Dover music shop), he's still around, shows up now and then.
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shantteyman
Harvey Reid is the best American folk singer and songwriter since Woody Guthrie. He's the real deal, an independent soul who can play the hell out of just about any stringed instrument. I've known him since 1976 and I'm continually amazed by his skill and his creativity.
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He's really good.

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