Kirtley is a
gifted performer who combines a rich musical heritage with
masterful contemporary technique on the acoustic guitar.
Champion’s musical roots are from the southern country and
bluegrass tradition, but it is his original material that places
him on the cutting edge of new acoustic music. His repertoire is
one that defies categorization, weaving tunes into a tapestry of
folk, pop, celtic, and down-home country, translated to the
guitar with honesty, humor and depth. Clean, driving,
melodically pure compositions are his trademark. His style
expands the boundaries of the folk genre, reflect the
far-reaching impact and current popularity of the acoustic
guitar. Pat’s CD Kentucky Guitar was named one of the “Top
59 Acoustic Albums of 1996” by Japan’s Player Magazine, and
Pat was honored to be named one of “The Next Generation of Hot
New Acoustic Acts" by Acoustic Guitar Magazine in the
December 1997 issue.
Pat's deadpan wit, engaging personality and splendid versatility
are elements that combine to create a unique musical experience.
He delights enthusiastic audiences at concerts, festivals, and
workshops throughout the United States and Europe.
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