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From Tanks to Tractors RPM (2009)

New "Post Folk Fusion" from Dan Ficken. From Tanks to Tractors RPM is a diverse instrumental guitar album that crosses into the vocal realm from time to time. The vocals were inspired by songs written for local fund/awareness-raising benefits with themes ranging form poverty, to farming, to food security, to sustainable energy. Hence the pop-culturey hippie-esque title for the album. The singing girls I enlisted one day making up the background vocal ensemble on the title track is the icing on the cake! I am known for my unique fingerpicking style, however I also wanted to experiment with flatpicking, and so this album covers several guitar styles for six and twelve string guitars, for the guitar enthusiasts out there ;) The song St. John's in the Summer was written by myself and Rozalind MacPhail. She wrote the lyrics, and a flute accompaniment, however we didn't get the flute on this song this time, or her vocals ;) Keep an ear out for an updated version in the future. These recordings also sound great

The Blue Guitar (2011)

"Post-folk fusion". Self composed and arranged instrumentals and folk songs for the 12-string and also 6-string guitar. Percussive but melodic, the mostly instrumental pieces are generally structured around a tonal centre and air is often given to certain notes within the complex melodies that are produced. Essentially meaning sonically advanced, but well-written and easy to listen to. Often described as being quite pleasant to the ear and fun at the same time.

Immerses the listener in different musical environments. Offers unique and pleasant auditory experiences.

http://www.danficken.ca/

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Dan Ficken

BIOGRAPHY

Diverse instrumental guitar, occasionally dipping back into the vocal world. Dubbed as "Post Folk Fusion", the melodies are highly complex, but sweet sounding at times producing songs that are advanced but fun to listen to at the same time. Introspective yet sometimes head bopping good times.

BAND MEMBERS
Dan Ficken - 12 and 6 String Guitars, vocals; Lori Heath, Emily Kenny, Hannah Epstein - Backup vocal ensemble on title track

YEARS COMPLETED
2009,2011

GENRES
Instrumental,

OTHER BAND SITES
http://cretos.blogspot.com


Completed Albums

From Tanks to Tractors RPM(2009)

New "Post Folk Fusion" from Dan Ficken. From Tanks to Tractors RPM is a diverse instrumental guitar album that crosses into the vocal realm from time to time. The vocals were inspired by songs written for local fund/awareness-raising benefits with themes ranging form poverty, to farming, to food security, to sustainable energy. Hence the pop-culturey hippie-esque title for the album. The singing girls I enlisted one day making up the background vocal ensemble on the title track is the icing on the cake! I am known for my unique fingerpicking style, however I also wanted to experiment with flatpicking, and so this album covers several guitar styles for six and twelve string guitars, for the guitar enthusiasts out there ;) The song St. John's in the Summer was written by myself and Rozalind MacPhail. She wrote the lyrics, and a flute accompaniment, however we didn't get the flute on this song this time, or her vocals ;) Keep an ear out for an updated version in the future. These recordings also sound great


FromTanks to Tractors   (preferred)
Poverty
St. John's in the Summer
Tirekicker Rag
Song of the Pedestrian
In the Time of Need
Nettles
The Name of Life
Five Friendly Farmers
Deep in the Moment
Day of Action
Black Coffee
New Leaves

The Blue Guitar(2011)

"Post-folk fusion". Self composed and arranged instrumentals and folk songs for the 12-string and also 6-string guitar. Percussive but melodic, the mostly instrumental pieces are generally structured around a tonal centre and air is often given to certain notes within the complex melodies that are produced. Essentially meaning sonically advanced, but well-written and easy to listen to. Often described as being quite pleasant to the ear and fun at the same time.

Immerses the listener in different musical environments. Offers unique and pleasant auditory experiences.

http://www.danficken.ca/


Breaking Through
The Blue Guitar
Seakeeper
Spring Thaw
Platyfish Reel
The Spell
Eternal
Interplanetary Showdown
Woodstove
Hittin the Road