Matt Stamell CD Release Concert with Craig Eastman and Guy Devito

Matt Stamell CD Release Concert with Craig Eastman and Guy Devito

Thu · March 22, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm (event ends at 9:00 pm)

$15.00 - $20.00

Off Sale



Matt Stamell
About Matt Stamell:

Matt started making instruments in 1974 while a student at Hobart College. Upon graduation in 1978, he enrolled in Boston University’s Program in Artisanry where he studied with Don Warnock. Matt spent many years making guitars and repairing violins, until opening his own violin shop in 1989 in Amherst. Stamell Stringed Instruments has since become a leading provider in violins, violas, cellos, and bows to the string playing community in New England and beyond.

This summer Matt Stamell released his first CD entitled "Hello Old Friend". The CD contains 13 songs of which Matt wrote 7. It was recorded in Los Angeles with multi-instrumentalist Craig Eastman at his studio. Also playing on the CD is David P Jackson who has played and recorded with Kenny Rogers, Cher, and Jackson Browne, among others. Blair Sinta plays drums on several tracks: Blair has played with Alanis Morissette, Annie Lennox, Stevie Nicks, and many others. Craig Eastman has played on sound tracks to Pirates of the Caribbean, Brokeback Mountain, The Alamo, as well as recording with Ray Charles, Elton John, and many others.

To listen to one of Matt's songs, "Belle of the Bar", click here.

To purchase Matt's CD from Stamell Strings: click here to order your copy.

About Craig Eastman:

Craig Eastman first asked for a violin when he was three years old. After years of making musical instruments out of rubber bands and wood scraps, he finally got his hands on a fiddle when he was six.

Craig was trained on classical violin, but and at a young age was also introduced to fiddle music. His family moved to Northern Vermont, where he started playing with elder French Canadian fiddlers, learning to play by ear. He also started making and playing his own stringed instruments, teaching himself guitar, mandolin, banjo, and slide guitar.

At age eleven Craig stared playing for square dances, joined several bands, and started teaching fiddle music to other kids. At thirteen he won the New England Fiddle Championship, before an audience of 60,000 - in the division open to professional fiddlers of all ages.

Over the next years he taught hundreds of students of all ages and abilities how to play whatever musical style spoke to them. His students ranging from professional symphony players to kids with learning disabilities. He was a frequent guest instructor for Suzuki Violin seminars.

Craig then moved to Los Angeles where he became a studio musician, recording and performing with artists including:

Elton John, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Rickie Lee Jones, T Bone Burnett, Beck, Taj Mahal, Hugh Laurie, Lucinda Williams, Bryan Adams, Randy Travis, Brian Setzer, Keb Mo, Linda Ronstadt, Nigel Olsson, Chris Hillman, Albert Lee, Adrian Belew, Rodney Crowell, John Doe, John McEuen, Dr. John, Marcus Miller, John Hiatt, Iris Dement, Martina McBride, Steve Martin, Daniel Lanois, Billy Bob Thorton, Dennis Quaid, Jessica Simpson, Victoria Williams, Van Dyke Parks, Tim Armstrong, Jeni and Billy, and with producers including Glyn Johns, Joe Henry, John Shanks, Jimmy Jam.

About Guy DeVito:

Guy DeVito is a freelance Bassist and record producer who has called New England his home since his arrival in 1969 as a founding member of the premiere rock group, FAT. The group recorded for RCA, Atlantic and their own Indie label Dream Merchant Records, and toured internationally.

Guy has since recorded and performed with a myriad of artists in various musical styles, including Felix Pappalardi, John Kay and Steppenwolf, Alan Hager, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Stevie Wonder, Danny Johnson,, Steve Cropper and closer to home to name a few ….Jeff Pevar , Steven Schoenberg, Little Jimmy and the Bad Boys, Joel Zoss , The Shaboo Allstars, The Colbys, Craig Eastman, Charles Neville,Tom McClung, Jim Henry, Norman Blain , Leah Kunkel, and The Surly Temple .

As musical director at The Agouti Nightclub on the Caribbean island of Montserrat, Guy and guitarist Christopher Newland formed the Agouti Bros Band which melded American Rock and Roll with Calypso and Soca music.

DeVito's eclectic record production credits include Salamander Crossing's debut Bluegrass album and Robert Emmett Fitzgerald's collection of Celtic songs called "The Minstrelsy", as well as Joel Zoss' Reggae feeling "Bob Marley International" and represent a wide scope of his musical influences and interests
Venue Information:
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main St
Greenfield, MA, 01301