Joe has performed in the U.S. National finger picking championships and was a finalist in the Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk songwriting contest.
“With intricate fingerstyle guitar, earthy baritone and lyrics from life, Joe Stanton does what he loves – writing and performing acoustic music.”
Joe’s philosophy of “playing wherever they’ll listen” has taken him and his Martin D28, on a 30 year journey from his favorites haunts in his home on the Sunshine coast, to a concert in a hot air balloon over the Swiss Alps, to the Kerrville Folk festival in the hill country of Texas, to the world fingerpicking championships in Winfield Kansas.
Joe’s acoustic guitar style has been likened to his heroes, Leo Kottke, Chet Atkins, Bruce Cockburn, and his songwriting has resulted in 4 cd’s, styles ranging from Bluegrass, to contemporary folk, to alt country, all receiving radio airplay in Canada, the US , Europe and Australia, and 2 vinyl singles in the 1980’s earning 2 BCCMA award nominations .
Over the years Joe has performed all over Canada, The U.S. and Europe. Highlights include performing for the Olympic Torch Relay, A week long cross Canada trip on VIA Rail’s artist on Board program, The Kerrville Folk festival in Texas, the Island folk festival in Duncan, and He has been chosen for the Vancouver Province’s Playlist 3 times.
“Joe Stanton’s grass-roots music gently grabs you and takes you on a timeless journey of people and places. His lyrics are rich with imagery and emotion.
His voice resonates with an intimate style that warmly invites you into his reflective world. Combined with his remarkable songwriting ability, Joe Stanton is a formidable guitar player. From upbeat country rifts to dark sensuous chords, Joe’s guitar is captivating.
He plays the full spectrum of music: folk, traditional country, swing and blues”. Sunstream Magazine – Sunshine Coast