Artistry of the Guitar

Artistry of the Guitar


Artistry of the Guitar is a feast not only for guitar lovers, but for anyone with a passion for acoustic music. If you enjoy folk, blues, jazz, Celtic, or world music with a contemporary twist you're in for a real treat!


Artistry of the Guitar is a concert experience featuring performances by founder Ken Bonfield, Peter Janson, and quite often special guests, and can also include community based events such as Master Classes, Guitar workshops, or in-school performances. We can design a package that best suits your community's needs.

Yes Artistry of the Guitar is about the guitar and guitarists, but more importantly Artistry of the Guitar is about the music one can make with this often humble yet incredibly diverse instrument! Capable of making any style of music, the guitar compares only to the piano when it comes to stylistic potential - of course, we like guitars more; you can’t put a piano on your back and carry it with you around the world.

Bonfield and Janson were introduced to each other by fellow guitarist, and NAR interviewer, Jamie Bonk in 2005. Unbeknownst to the two, they had been talked about in the same breath for years by music reviewers like Bill Binkelman of Wind and Wire and were often played back-to-back on radio stations around the world. Given that the two were so closely tied musically, they were pleasantly surprised to find that they lived only about an hour from each other. Since their introduction Bonfield and Janson have forged a strong relationship on and off the concert stage. This has translated to an often impromptu stage patter that amuses both the audience and the musicians!

At an Artistry of the Guitar concert you will hear exquisite guitar music ranging from country blues, ragtime, and folk, to traditional Celtic, jazz, classical, contemporary, and even rock inspired guitar slapping! Is FoCeltiJazzical a genre? We hope not because it’s mighty hard to pronounce, but surely Ken, Peter, and their special guests cover the gamut of acoustic guitar styles.

Experienced performers, Bonfield and Janson have been featured performers at such venerable rooms as Caffe Lena, the oldest coffee house concert venue in the country, Club Passim in Cambridge MA, Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta, and The Mozaic Room, Blackstone River Theatre, Kent State Folk Festival, Newport Guitar Festival, Montreal Guitar Show, and the Healdsburg Guitar Festival. And they’ve shared the stage with acoustic artists of all stripes including popster John Mayer, folk icon Arlo Guthrie, guitar luminaries Alex de Grassi, Adrian Legg, Ed Gerhard, Dakota Dave Hull, Bill Mize and more… More than a few Grammy’s on that list!

Workshops and in-school performances can be a wonderful additional component to the Artistry of the Guitar experience. Ken has taught privately for almost 20 years, and Peter teaches and directs guitar studies at The University of Massachusetts Boston. Bonfield is a key endorser for Thomastik-Infeld Strings, Alan Carruth Guitars, and LR Baggs Electronics, and Janson is a key endorser for Tippin Guitars. Together and separately they have conducted workshops all over the country at stores, universities, festivals, and concert halls. The two love to share the secrets of playing, writing, and arranging for the acoustic guitar with guitarists of all levels - helping each along their own path towards guitar artistry.


Ken Bonfield:

Indian Rain Solo guitar 2008
Brand New Digital only (til June)
Radio promotion begins mid-June 2008

American Baroque, 2006
#11 November NAR World Chart, Top 20 3 months 2007 The album was #1 on scores of radio stations!

WinterNight #20 NAR World Chart, December 2007

Mystic Morning, NAV top 20 1996 for 3 months
Re-issued 2007
Radio promotion for re-issue spring 2008

Homecoming, Echoes Top 25 1998, NAV #5, top 20 for 6 months (Reissued 2007)
(radio promotion of re-issue fall 2008)

Peter Janson:

Winter Gifts (2007) EWM Records
Beautiful Day (2006) EWM Records
Firelight Moonlight (2004) EWM Records
Sometimes From Here (2001) EWM Records
Across the Bridge (1999) EWM Records

Set List

Ken says, "I almost always play Steel String Surprise, Summer Rain, and Ella's Labor Day Blues. The rest of the set varies night to night depending on mood, circumstance, and whoever else we might be playing with that evening. It's always an interesting blend of original music from our catalogues, as well as a taste of brand new, yet-to-be-recorded music."

Ken also adds, "Although I don't sing at every show, lyrics for two songs are included for your review in the audio files. I can send you mp3's of vocals should you wish."

Peter says, "My sets contain original instrumental compositions, and original arrangements of various folk, world, jazz, and Celtic tunes. Specifics are always changing depending on time alloted, type of venue, type of show, and other considerations, but my songs range from deeply emotional ballads, to excitingly virtuosic instrumentals - a moving journey for audiences." "Occasionally I sing a song with lyrics, but usually conversation, stories, poetry, o