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John Doan

Guitarist John Doan is a master of the Renaissance lute, as well as classical and contemporary guitar styles. His signature instrument, however, is the 20-string harp/guitar, originally popular at the end of the 19th century in Europe and America. Doan began playing guitar at age of 11 when he lived in Venice, California. Given the setting, his favorite music then was surf music. He later became interested in classical guitar and earned a degree in music performance from Cal State Northridge. After moving to Oregon, Doan earned his master's in musical education from Western Oregon State and served on the faculty there. He studied the renaissance and baroque lute in the Netherlands, and mastering this instrument prepared him for learning the harp/guitar. The instrument Doan plays has six standard fretted guitar strings, six unfretted bass strings, and eight unfretted high strings with pure tones and long sustains. Given the popular revival of Celtic music, it's surprising that few other artists have taken up the expressive instrument. Doan has played with many folk and country legends, including Burl Ives, Larry Carlton, and Chet Atkins. He created his own brand of folk-fusion on his first album on Narada, titled Departures (1988). He has starred in two PBS music specials in which he used old-time instruments (A Christmas to Remember with John Doan and A Victorian Christmas with John Doan), and has released two albums with Hearts of Space: Wrapped in Christmas: Visions of Christmas Past and Eire: Isle of the Saints, A Celtic Odyssey. His Remembrance: Melodies from a Forgotten Era is on the Tapestry Productions label. Doan lives in Oregon with his wife; he is an assistant professor of music at Williamette University in Salem.
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  1.   Song
  2.   Resting upon Jacob's Pillow
  3.   Tra Amici
  4.   God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  5.   Castle Dinas Bran: Procession of the Holy Grail
  6.   Run to Sanctuary
  7.   Jolly Old King Wenceslas
  8.   Remembering Greensleeves
  9.   Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  10.   Harp Guitar Dreams
  11.   Sunset on Distant Castle
  12.   Angels We Have Heard on High/The First Noel
  13.   Skellig Michael: A Rock in the Sea
  14.   Three Kings
  15.   Gazing on the Face of the Sea
  16.   Lost Then Found
  17.   Visit to Heaven
  18.   Festival
  19.   Silent Night
  20.   Dream Waltz
  21.   Where Horses of Faery Hide
  22.   We Three Kings
  23.   Anthem
  24.   Winter by the Fire
  25.   Amazing Grace, Pt. 1
  26.   Away in the Manger
  27.   The Water Is Wide
  28.   Amazing Grace
  29.   Branles de Village
  30.   Winter's Eve
  31.   Winter Romance
  32.   The Journey Home
  33.   Tara Hill of Kings
  34.   St. Joseph Arrives in Avalon
  35.   St. Brendan: Recounting the Voyage
  36.   Pioneer Rose
  37.   O Come, O Come
  38.   Night Crossing
  39.   The Lamentation of Turlough O'Carolan
  40.   It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  41.   Farewell
  42.   The Hunter and the Hare
  43.   Where Has the Love Gone?
  44.   Jesu Joy
  45.   The Way of My Fathers
  46.   Attersee
  47.   Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
  48.   Beloved
  49.   Infant King
  50.   A Pilgrims's Hymn
  51.   Carol of the Bells
  52.   The Old Church
  53.   Wayfarer: On the Path to Holycross Abbey
  54.   Wind Through the Willow
  55.   Gold in the Ground
  56.   Leaving Dun Laoghaire
  57.   Born Is Jesus the Infant King
  58.   Amazing Grace, Pt. 2
  59.   Scenes from Childhood
  60.   Go Tell It
  61.   Wake Waiting for the Dawn
  62.   Grandma's Music Box
  63.   Venezia Bells at Dawn
  64.   When the Stars Come Out
  65.   Wings of the Morning
  66.   Saint Patrick in the Spirit
  67.   Yeats Country Where William Lies
  68.   O Christmas Tree
  69.   Old Long Since (Auld Lang Syne)
  70.   The Angels First Noel
  71.   The Old Church of Kilronan
  72.   Joy to the World
  73.   Into the Quiet
  74.   In the Manger
  75.   The Road Home

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