“Breakfast with Barnabas” CD
The guitar has been a passion for Jay Calder for most of his life. He has always held a deep appreciation for artists such as Phil Keaggy and Bruce Cockburn. A few years ago, Jay started listening to musicians such as Don Ross, the late Michael Hedges, and other finger-style guitar players. Alternate tunings provided Jay with a new creative pallet for his own compositions and he began performing solo guitar in a variety of venues. He's shared the stage with Steve Bell, Dan Hill, Lincoln Brewster, Brooks Williams, Avalon, Bob Bennett, The Lost Dogs, Mike Roe ("The 77's) and Michael Pritzel ("The Violet Burning"). A few months after Jay's first solo guitar CD, "Breakfast With Barnabas" was released, it was nominated for the Canadian Vibe Awards as "Instrumental Album of the Year".
Jay has performed at the NIDUS Festival (Kitchener); Festival of Friends (Hamilton) and the "Orphans of God" songwriters circle at Palais Royale (Toronto). He's also been a repeat guest on the "100 Huntley Street" and "Ufonic" TV programs, and was invited to perform at the Canadian Guitar Festival. His radio play includes: CBC Radio (Disc Drive, Studio Sparks, Ontario Morning, Fresh Air, and North by Northwest programs), as well as Faith FM, Kitchener and Faith FM Woodstock, Acoustic Routes CKLN 88.1 FM, and WYRS New Jersey.
STEVE BELL, two-time Juno award recipient says, “Within a few short bars of Jay Calder’s “Breakfast With Barnabas” one knows one is listening to a master of his craft. But Jay is more than a master of the acoustic guitar. By the nuanced melodies of his original compositions, his respectful yet unique arrangements of familiar songs, and his energetic and percussive style, it is obvious that Jay is a musician first and a technician second. I’m a fan!”
Jay is an Artist Associate with World Vision, and he endorses Taylor Guitars, Stonebridge Guitars, Karol Guitars and Elixir Strings. His CD, "Breakfast with Barnabas" is distributed by Signpost Music http://www.signpostmusic.com/
He currently resides in Plattsville (near Kitchener), Ontario; with his wife, Sandy and his children, Stephanie, Jennifer, Melissa & Jesse. More on www.jaycalder.ca