Let's start here - if you love the sound an acoustic guitar makes when played by a virtuoso guitarist, then you won't want to miss this show. Claude is one of the most talented guitarists you'll ever have the pleasure of hearing anywhere.
OK, now for the hard part - describing Claude & his performances. Well, he's a Swiss/French guy who lives in Southern England and tours worldwide. He plays instrumentals and he sings. He performs his own compositions and Ravel's Bolero. He rarely plays a "3-minute" song - his song performances often go on for 7-10 minutes, just him and his guitar. He plays the blues. The classics. Jazz. Medieval Spanish blues (yes, that's a real thing).
We got to see Claude "up close" for the first time at the Stoltz Listening Room in Easton - front row, no more than 8-feet away. Watching him play (as well as listening to him play) was mesmerizing.
Claude spends most of time touring across Europe, and usually makes two trips per year to tour across the US. Claude has released nine CDs, his most recent being Cold River, which is scheduled for release right around the same time as Claude arrives in the US in early September.
We're excited to welcome Claude back for his second appearance at MCC.
Darden Smith is a singer-songwriter based in Austin whose thirty-year career redefines what it means to be a musician. In addition to fifteen critically acclaimed albums, Smith continues to break new ground using the craft of songwriting in education, entrepreneurship, and in service to others. He is the founder and creative director of SongwritingWith:Soldiers, a nonprofit that pairs award-winning songwriters with veterans and service members in retreat settings to craft songs about combat and the return home.
Smith began writing songs the age of ten, and has been recording since 1986. His music remains rooted in the songwriting traditions of his home state of Texas, while reflecting influences of rock, folk, and Americana rhythms and melodies.
Darden is also preparing for the publication of his book The Habit of Noticing: Using Creativity to Make a Life (and a Living) ... this book will be a little bit autobiographical, and a little bit of a narrative of his musical - and life - influences. The book is due to be released on Sept 13 2018.
We've seen Darden perform a couple of times and we're always mesmerized by his storytelling, especially when he talks about his work with wounded veterans. It's clear that this is what drives Darden, and it's clear that it's his priority.
We are proud to welcome Darden for his first appearance at MCC.