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Dan Rutledge ~ Bio

In grade 4, he arranged to have the neighborhood guitar studio owner come to meet his parents. Finally, there was a little blonde acoustic guitar for Christmas. The following year this turned into a beautiful Gibson L48 archtop, f-hole jazz guitar. Shortly afterward it too morphed into a classic ’58 Fender whiteneck Strat. Music around summer campfires drew so many hundreds of people that the nearby dance hall complained until park officials shut them down. Then the bands: the Remingtons, Electras and the Traytors who opened for the Turtles, McCoys (Hang on Sloopy), Bobby Vee, (She Wore Blue Velvet), and Toronto’s Grant Smith and George Oliver. The High School concert band European tour included performances and private audiences with the Pope in Rome and the Queen Mother in England. While in Europe, he sold his touring guitar to a Swiss traveller. This not only raised a few dollars but also a few eyebrows at home. Instrumentation now also included trombone, clarinet, string base and fanfare trumpet. If you want to hear a few stories, ask him about playing in the marching band at half-time at college football games in Ann Arbor Michigan. Folk music compelled the purchase of his first banjo and a chance to play with London's Brewery Bay Singers. But as rock became the main focus the banjo was sold to pay for bigger amps.

By now Dan was being regularly invited to recording sessions in London and Toronto. Some gypsy mandolin sessions would eventually find their way to the National Film Board. He loved trading instruments and joining bands, including the Common People and the Great Canadian Music Company.

Then while taking a few years off to help raise the family he became involved in church music and classical guitar. This led to liturgical music workshops throughout Southwestern Ontario. Finally, he settled into playing string bass with the local community symphony.

But a crushed finger bone from a scuba incident and a side trip to Nashville influenced him to try writing music as a means to do something more permanent. He wrote and recorded a CD and and then the book titled, ‘The Mass of St. Thérèse’. This CD has been sold throughout Canada, the United States and 12 other countries. Two more CD’s are near completion: one country/folk and one religious. While he listens mostly to new country and old rock, he always enjoys playing a wide variety of music and has just recently completed 2 CD's of solo fingerstyle acoustic guitar for a new series called, 'Romancing the Strings'. The first, 'Christmas Lites - unplugged', contains 13 traditional favorites. The second, 'Moonlit Night' has 16 well known melodies for easy listening.

He served on the board of directors for a United Way sponsored charity and has worked extensively for the United Way. Besides playing in several groups, he's built a digital recording studio and in his spare time is an avid canoe tripper, scuba diver, cyclist and a sub 4-hour marathon runner. He is also a web master and invites you to visit his other site, the Mass of St. Thérèse .

Watercolor: At the Pillar and Post - Niagara-On-The-Lake Ontario ~ Photo © 2008 Marianne Rutledge, London Canada

Digital photo journals by Marianne. Web Presentation by Dan.