Dan LaVoie

Dan LaVoie

 Somerset, New Jersey, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

"Dan's soaring execution will drop the jaws of unsuspecting acoustic music fans and impress those familiar with this young man's chops" - Bob Makin, Relic's Magazine

Biography

As one of the few musicians in the world actively composing and performing on the rare harp guitar, Dan LaVoie brings a unique sound and texture to fans of acoustic music.

After playing the six-string guitar for several years, Dan picked up the harp guitar in 2001 and has since composed solely for this instrument. Bridge Guitar Reviews said Dan's self-titled 2003 debut album contained "... a soulful atmosphere and a skilled and progressive approach to music. The music Dan produces has deep basses and well-excuted melody lines." Bob Makin of Relic's Magazine writes"Dan's soaring execution will drop the jaws of unsuspecting acoustic music fans and impress those familiar with this young man's chops! "Reminiscent of the work of Michael Hedges and Richie Havens, Dan's music is sophisticated and compelling, and his live performances are a special experience visually and aurally.

Dan tours over 100 dates a year extensively throughout the U.S., as well as internationally, with stops in England, Portugal, Czech Republic, Austria and British Columbia. He is also an annual performer at the Harp Guitar Gathering, a concert series featuring the world's finest harp guitarists. Dan has opened for and shared the stage with Vance Gilbert, Steve Forbert, Brooks Williams, The Dave Brubek Quartet, Andy Mckee, Bill Miller, Muriel Anderson, Stephen Bennett, Vinx, Cliff Eberhardt, Dickey Betts, Levon Helm and many more. Dan is endorsed by Holloway Harp Guitars, DR Strings, Dtar preamps and K&K Pickups.

In 2010, Dan released his highly anticipated second CD entitled "Cause and Effect" featuring duets with Andy Mckee (music for a found harmonium) and Michael Manring (cause & effect) as well as several new songs including "Pegasus" featuring a 1910 Larson Bro. parlor guitar. The song "Long Distance Call" was previously featured on the 2009 compilation album "Harp Guitar Dreams" and also "Nostalgic Memories: Acoustic Breath VI", released in Japan, to much critical acclaim.

Lyrics

Relief

Written By: Dan LaVoie


Some kid out there, on the street
is praying to Moses
begging for relief
from the deep blue sea
beneath their feet

I need Relief
I need Relief

Beyond the shadow of a doubt
one day I'll see
I could sit and sing songs all day
about a man I'll never be
I can't make everybody happy
I can only be me

I need Relief
I need Relief

The News

Written By: Dan LaVoie

If I knew
What was on the news
you know I would
come running back to you
I'd never wish that kind of day
again on anybody or on anybodys
friend
You know what I mean
This ain't some tall tale dream

If I knew
What was on the news
I'd call all my friends
so they could get me through
I'd never wish that kind of day again
on anybody
or on anybodys friend
you know what I mean
this ain't some tall tale dream
this ain't some tall tale dream

If I knew
oh, If I knew

Discography

Dan LaVoie, Dan LaVoie CD Nov. 2003
Beyond Six Strings, Compilation CD Nov. 2004
In Search of the Harp Guitar, DVD Sept. 2005
Acoustic Breath VI Japanese Comp. CD June 2006
Song: "Long Distance Phone Call"
Harp Guitar Dreams Comp. CD Jan 2009
Song: "Long Distance Call"
Dan LaVoie: "Cause & Effect" CD May 2010

Set List

Typically, sets are 60 minutes in duration.
Setlists are available upon request.
Each show differs featuring a mix of original & cover material.