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Roger Landes

Roger Landes

Roger Landes


After playing guitar in several “garage” bands in his teens, Roger studied the classical guitar in college. His initial interest in Irish music was sparked in 1981 by a recording of The Chieftains. He soon obtained a bouzouki and set about learning the intricacies of Irish and Scots dance tunes and accompaniment. In the summer of 1982 Roger helped form the popular Celtic group Scartaglen, which was to last for the next 12 years. He appeared on the group’s three recordings: Scartaglen, The Middle Path and Last Night’s Fun. Read more on Last.fm
After playing guitar in several “garage” bands in his teens, Roger studied the classical guitar in college. His initial interest in Irish music was sparked in 1981 by a recording of The Chieftains. He soon obtained a bouzouki and set about learning the intricacies of Irish and Scots dance tunes and accompaniment. In the summer of 1982 Roger helped form the popular Celtic group Scartaglen, which was to last for the next 12 years. He appeared on the group’s three recordings: Scartaglen, The Middle Path and Last Night’s Fun.

In 1993, Scartaglen contributed one track to the best-selling Narada Records collection Celtic Odyssey, which was on the Billboard charts for almost two years. Scartaglen disbanded in early 1994 and in June of 1995 Roger began performing in a duo with singer and keyboardist Connie Dover. Roger’s first solo CD, Dragon Reels, was recorded in Nashville with Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer Bil VornDick. Released in 1997, it has garnered unanimous critical praise. Roger has been on the staff at Catskills Irish Arts Week, Friday Harbor Irish Music Camp, Swannanoa Gathering Celtic Week, Milwaukee Irish Festival Summer School, Seattle Cittern Symposium, Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddle Camp, and the O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat. He is also director of ZoukFest, the first international gathering devoted to the Irish bouzouki, which he founded in 1998.

ZoukFest moved with Roger to his new hometown of Taos, New Mexico in 2001, and since then has grown into a full-fledged World Music Camp, with the addition of classes for other instruments and vocals, in a range of musical styles. Roger produced recordings for Michael Dugger (At Early Dawn), Chris Grotewohl (Under the Influence), Dan Grotewohl (Bear in the Greengrass), Gabriel’s Gate (Departures), and Chris Smith (Coyote Banjo). The Janissary Stomp, a ground-breaking collection of original bouzouki duets with New Mexico roots musician Chipper Thompson, was released in 2001. In 1999 he performed on “Sa-Re-Ga-Ma,” a music show on the Indian satellite network ZeeTV, with one of the largest television audiences in the world. Roger appeared in and contributed to the soundtrack of the 1999 film Ride with the Devil, directed by Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). He has appeared on the National Public Radio shows Mountain Stage and A Prairie Home Companion.

In April 2001, his music was featured in a PBS documentary, Last Stand of the Tallgrass Prairie. In 2002, Roger joined Galician musician and Chieftains alum Carlos Nuñez in his first US tour. Later that year he toured in a trio with Irish fiddle phenomenon Frankie Gavin (De Dannan) and harmonica virtuoso Rick Epping (Pumpkinhead). In April of 2004 he had the pleasure of accompanying legendary Irish fiddler Tommy Peoples (Bothy Band) for a week of concerts during Tommy’s first visit to New Mexico. Roger has most recently been performing Irish traditional music in a duo with fiddler and guitarist Randal Bays. Their live house concert CD House to House was released in September of 2004.

In May/June of 2005 Bays and Landes took their house concert show to Ireland, performing a short seven date tour across the country with some of the finest Irish musicians sitting in. In December of 2005, House to House was named one of the Top Five Picks of 2005 by the Irish Times (Dublin). Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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