With the inclusion of one of his pieces on WWUH's successful Folk Next Door CD, the future looks bright for Stephen Nystrup and the acoustic guitar as well.
After hearing Steve's album, "C" flat, the folks at WWUH asked him to contribute a piece to the concert and the ensuing CD. Nystrup happily obliged, and the result is one of the highlights of the disc called .Canary Islands.
Steve's 1991 debut album "C" flat, was released by Rare Duck Records to wide critical acclaim. Singled out for classiest cover design by The Hartford Courant, it continues to receive airplay and is distributed nationwide.
In an acoustic guitar format, Steve's compositions range from the exotic and percussive . Canary Islands, to the Iyric and lush Home Port. Throughout the album and in his concerts as well, Steve shows a wide variety of talents, capabilities and compositional depth.
Born in Hartford Connecticut, Steve began playing guitar at age 12. Early influences include John Fahey, Sandy Bull and Tom Rush. He traveled to Hootenannys with a trio called The Villigeaires.
Classically trained, Nystrup studied finger picking while listening to recordings of these early folkies and when luck would have it, picked up pointers from some of them in person on Marthas Vineyard.
He traveled Europe with a guitar on his shoulder and lived in New York City for years studying classical guitar with Herbert Levine.
In 1985 Steve moved to Hartford where he is involved with the burgeoning acoustic music scene.
He is one of a bright new crop of guitarists in the area to be included in an upcoming Connecticut guitar CD, to be released by Hartford's Tapeworks Studio.
Steve is being hailed as one of the new heroes of the solo acoustic guitar and his concerts are filled with warmth and excitement from him and the instrument he loves.
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