Music of the British Isles and beyond

Bob VasileBob's musical roots are in British Isles traditional music. He was the founding member, with Jane Peppler, of the North Carolina group the Pratie Heads (1980-1989). Their newest recording is "We Did It! Songs of People Behaving Badly," issued in September 2008. Their previous album was "Rag Faire," October 2006; also available, a wedding sampler cd, "Hearts' Delight," 2007, and an early America/seafaring sampler, "Jamestown Homeward Bound," March 2008. They are current members of the North Carolina Arts Council Touring Program.

Their album "Heritage" (music of Colonial America) was supported by the NCAC and the National Endowments for the Arts. The Pratie Heads performed at the Smithsonian Instition's annual St Patrick's day concert as part of the Associate Artist Series at the Baird Auditorium in Washington D.C.

Bob VasileBob has taught guitar at the Augusta Heritage Schools "Irish Week", and has shared the stage and recordings with Seamus Eagan, Mick Maloney, Zan Mcleod, and Tommy Hayes (the percussionist for Riverdance).

Guitar and Bouzouki workshops

Bob's "Open Tuning Workshops," have been offered at such places as the Augusta Heritage Workshops, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and the Black Mountain Music Festival Guitar workshops in open "D," DADF#AD and bouzouki are offered for advanced as well as beginning students. Bob has done school programs, workshops and formal concerts, as a member of the N.C. Touring Artist Program,sponsored by the N.C. Arts Council.

DADGAD in Baghdad, an original guitar composition by Bob Vasile, was featured in the Jan 2004 issue of Fingerstyle Guitar magazine and was included in the CD with Chet Atkins, John Williams and Jason Truby (composer for the Matrix).

Bob VasileBob Vasile won a signed Wayne Henderson guitar at the 1996 Wayne Henderson Music Festival and guitar competition.Wayne Henderson was honored with the National Heritage Award in 1996 for his guitar making. Bob was featured in the Tenth Annual Wayne Henderson Guitar Competition In June 2004, with the nine previous winners for another Wayne Henderson Guitar.

Freyda Epstein and Acoustic Attatude

Bob joined forces with Freyda Epstein and Ralph Gordon (both formerly of Trapezoid) 1989 to 1995 in the group Acoustic Atta-tude. Their Red House recording Midnight at Cabell Hall was recognized as one of the three best folk recordingsof the year by NAIRD (INDIE Award). They toured with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and shared the stage with Tony Rice, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall and Mark O'Conner on at two Mountain Stage performances. Their CD, which includes Howard Levey (formerly of the Flecktones) on harmonica and piano, is still played on radio stations throughout the country.

Bob's original composition Atta-Tude in AM has been featured on "All Things Considered", as well as Minnesota Public Radio, "The Morning Show."

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