||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
Billy McLaughlin Group to|
Perform at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Oct. 7, 1998|
The Billy McLaughlin Group will perform in concert at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Friday, Oct. 23. The show will begin at 8 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.
"The way he plays, you may swear Billy McLaughlin is two of the greatest acoustic guitarists you've ever heard," wrote the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
"He infuses into his playing a passion that is rarely heard on New Age records," wrote Acoustic Guitar World magazine in its review of "Fingerdance," McLaughlin's 1996 Narada recording that reached number seven nationwide on the Billboard New Age charts. "Besides being a brilliant fingerpicker, Billy McLaughlin stretches the sonic possibilities of the acoustic guitar by employing unorthodox techniques that bring inventive harmonic and rhythmic nuances to his New Age music."
Unlike many of his predecessors who claim a link to folk influences, McLaughlin comes from a jazz/pop background and cut his teeth on electric guitar. He auditioned for the University of Southern California guitar program, where he was allowed to pursue not only composition but also finger-style acoustic guitar a field of study then technically outside the scope of the studio guitar program.
After graduating magna cum laude, McLaughlin made his own break in 1989 by releasing two independent recordings "Inhale Pink," which featured his guitar solos, and "Inhale Blue," with the Billy McLaughlin Group. Touring as a soloist and with the band, he began playing more than 200 concerts a year in colleges and clubs throughout the United States. Three more independent recordings garnered critical and popular acclaim: "The Archery of Guitar" (1993), an update to his solo guitar career; "Wintersongs and Traditionals" (1994), Christmas classics and original compositions; and "The Bow and Arrow" (1996), featuring McLaughlin and the Hindu Rodeo Rhythm Crew.
In the Minnesota Music Awards, the Billy McLaughlin Group was voted New Age Group of the Year in 1990. In 1993, McLaughlin was named New Age Artist of the Year, and his recording "The Archery of Guitar" was voted New Age Album of the Year; and in 1996, McLaughlin was voted Best Acoustic Guitar Player. He has been nominated for 15 entertainment awards given by the National Association for Campus Activities.
Tickets are $7 for the public ($5 for UW-Eau Claire students) at the University Service Center in Davies Center and at the door. The show is open to all ages; proof of age is required in the bar area.
Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders
The concert is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 7, 1998