Bob Ardern combines masterful finger-style guitar playing with melodies that conjure vivid images and he pulls it all together into a captivating sound. The music delights and excites while it soothes and entertains. With influences from Celtic, Classical and Jazz, Bob’s guitar stylings take the listener on a spectral journey of emotions.
The inspirations for Bob’s music come from diverse sources such as a drought in St. Lucia, the purring of a friendly cat, the ringing of church bells and a glass of Chianti on a balcony in Tuscany. Whether actively listening or playing the music in the background, lovers of acoustic guitar will find this music appealing as a means to de-stress from the pressures of our modern lives.
Eight Winds is Bob’s latest CD released in autumn 2015 and it features 12 original tracks of acoustic guitar instrumentals. With guest performance by Bob’s long-time friend Duncan Woodcock, with production and musical contributions from David Findlay, Eight Winds adds to the collection of Nova Scotian New Age music begun on Wires Rosewood & Roots in 2012 and continued on Craftsman in 2014.
Bob’s complete discography comprises two earlier works. Released in 2010, Come From Away celebrates Bob’s move to Nova Scotia and the joy of living there. It also takes a look at history of the Maritimes and its association with the sea. 2006’s Returning Home explores the emotional turmoil of making major life changes, travelling the world looking for answers and eventually going back to your roots.
Having grown up in the golden era of English folk music, Bob learned from some of the great names of the genre. While retaining those influences, Bob also listened to and was affected by Canadian and American roots music and shaped the two styles into his own unique blend.
Ardern’s music…reflects an “elegant simplicity” coupled with an utter lack of pretension. Ardern seems to instinctively know how to shed artifice and meaningless showmanship and allow the true goodness of a melody and a rhythm to come to the forefront.
Bill Binkelman – Binkleman’s Corner, Zone Music Reporter
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In the last few years. Bob has played Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, Brampton Folk Festival, Barrie Roots Music Festival, Live From the Rock Music Festival, Trout Forest Music Festival, LaHave Folk Festival, Minesing Unplugged and the Orillia Folk Society’s FridayFolk series. He recently completed tours of Eastern Canada and the Northeastern United States, playing as feature at several Concert Series as well as at Coffeehouses and House Concerts. He is on tour in the UK in October, 2015 with several feature appearances at the Lancaster Music Festival and music clubs.