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Upcoming Shows

Fri. April 13th 8pm
@  Buecherwurm Datteln Germany (All Ages)
2018 Spring EU Tour Don Alder
Sat. April 14th 8pm
@  Theater in der Kurve Neustadt a.d. Weinstraße (Ham (All Ages)
2018 Spring EU Tour Don AlderBy Donation
Sun. April 15th
@  Casino Euskirchen Germany (All Ages)
Gitarrennacht Don Alder, Maneli Jamal, Andre Kaepper
Wed. April 18th 7:30pm
@  Ars Vitha St. Vith Belgium (All Ages)
Gitarrennacht Don Alder, Maneli Jamal, André Käpper, Reentko Dirks
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Past Shows

Sun. March 4th 2018
Sons of Norway Victoria BC (All Ages)
Don Alder
Sat. March 3rd 2018
@  The Roy Pub Courtenay BC (No Minors)
Solo show Don Alder
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Don Alder

Don Alder

Confirmed: Aug. 21, 2017 (Awaiting Update)
other sites: myspace | iconosquare

fingerstyle acoustic guitar: jazz, folk, roots from Vancouver BC
Instruments: Guitar, Harp Guitar details

Contact Details

Don Alder, often referred to as the “Hendrix” of Acoustic Guitar is a Multi-Award Winning Acoustic guitarist from Canada. His singing is soulful and heartfelt and his story telling and guitar playing is highly entertaining. Guitar Player Magazine Senior Editor Michael Molenda says “People will stand and clap for Alder as he is a Guitar Star in the making and can hold an audience with the best of the seasoned pros”. Ray Daniels, the Manager of Rush, says “Alder’s unique style of playing with simultaneous percussion creates a wall of sound and should be famous around the world”.

Alder’s music also speaks for itself; his 2008 CD “Not A Planet” and his 2015 CD "Armed & Dangerous" were both nominated for two prestigious Music Industry Awards, his YouTube videos have seen over 4 million views. His music is a unique combination of deeply textured melody and story. Lyrical and compelling, his original songs are notes of exploration – some passionate and haunting, some hard-driven, others light and teasing. In quiet pieces or pushing right to the edge, Don's phenomenal finger style playing and rich voice captivate. Don is also recognized as one of the of the world's top harp guitarists.

As winner of the 2011 Worldwide Guitar Idol (held in London, UK), 2010 Guitar Superstar contest (LA, USA) and the 2007 International Finger style Championships, Don Alder has earned his place as one of the top acoustic guitarists in the world and is the only guitarist to win all of the top prestigious guitar competitions armed with just an acoustic guitar. In 2015 Don received the Domenic Troiano Guitar Award (in the multi-genre category).

His dedication has allowed him to achieve what few guitarists have achieved—winning all of the high profile guitar competitions and performing with a passion that is rarely seen. Don’s performance in Malaysia (2013) garnered him a Brand Laureate Award. The only other Canadian to receive this award was Chris Hadfield (astronaut).This award is to recognize Don’s unique contributions using his guitar and music to help and inspire others around the world. Alder and Commander Hadfield were recently paired for a special performance of Space Oddity with Don using the harp guitar to support Hadfield’s singing.

Alder also has an uncanny ability to entertain any type of audience; he has been invited to play special performances (by invite only) including TED-Vancouver, Sam Sullivan’s Public Salon, The Vancouver Olympics and International All Star Guitar Nights to mention a few.

Don has also been called upon to perform duets with artists such as Grammy winners John Parr and Angelique Kidjo for an audience of 40,000. He has also earned top honors for his duet jams with modern poets such as Shane Koyczyan and Kyprios.

His music has been used in documentaries, corporate videos and movies. His character has also been portrayed in the movie, a heartwarming story about helping others and an epic journey around the world in a wheelchair. In 1985, Alder put his music career on hold for two and half years to help his friend Rick Hansen go around the world in a wheelchair. This historic journey became a full length feature film with British Actor Andrew Lee Potts playing the role of Don Alder.

Today, Alder continues to play to Canadian, American, European, and Asian audiences, sharing stages with artist such as Lee Ritenour, Victor Wooten, Tommy Emmanuel, Andy Mckee, Mike Dawes, John Parr, Ellen McElwaine, Muriel Anderson. His guitar skills have also landed him performances at festivals as a headliner which included artists such as Don Ross, Pierre Bensusan, Billy Sheehan, Ric Emmet, Larry Carlton, Martin Simpson, and Dave Martone.

Don has been featured in Guitar Player Magazine and all of the other main guitar publications. As a top acoustic artist/endorsee for Yamaha Guitars International he has been featured in the Yamaha All Access publications alongside artists such as Jason Mraz, Herbie Hancock, Sarah McLaughlin. He has multiple endorsement deals with a variety of music related companies including signature guitars from Riversong Guitars (Kamloops, BC), Greenfield Guitars and Dickert Guitars (Ontario). He has been featured in Ads for Ernie Ball Strings, Seymour Duncan pickups and Santo Angelo Cables.

Festival experience: f.e. Montreal Jazz Festival, Festival des Guitares Du Monde (Rouyn, QC), Tiny Lights Festival (Ymir, BC), Island Folk Festival (Duncan, BC), Bella Coola Music Festival, Edge of the World Festival (Haida Gwaii, BC), Robson Valley Festival, Harmony Arts Festival (North Van, BC),

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Down To A Minute (Harp Guitar and vocal) Don Alder
In this Video Artist(s) Don Alder
Posted: Sep. 9, 2015
Acoustic Guitar Sessions NAMM 2015: Don Alder
In this Video Artist(s) Don Alder
Posted: Apr. 6, 2015
Acoustic Guitar Don Alder - Just a Rogue "Choiwaru"
In this Video Artist(s) Don Alder
Posted: Apr. 6, 2015
Listing last updated/confirmed Aug. 21, 2017