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Craig Vance: Bio

Craig began his career as a solo act playing warm-up sets for such noteworthy performers as Doc and Merle Watson, The Country Gentlemen, and Berline, Crary, and Hickman. He has also performed on stage with master guitarist Norman Blake. Additionally, he has toured with Bill Keith and Frank Wakefield in the US and Canada and plays on Bill Keith's recent Green Linnet release "Beating Around the Bush". He can also be heard on the Second Fret Records release "Synergy" by the Noble Jones Project. Craig has taken first place honors in numerous guitar competitions, including the contests annually held at the Sugar Grove Fiddler's Convention and the Chilhowie Bluegrass Festival in Virginia. Craig is also a contributing columnist for Flatpicking Guitar Magazine which is published bi-monthly. He joined forces with the Celtic/Bluegrass band The McKrells in 1991 and played Carnegie Hall, Berkley Performing Arts Center, Lincoln Center and many other venues and festivals in the US as well as in Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Germany and Austria. Sharing the stage with Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, The Furey Brothers, Bela Fleck, Eric Weisberg, Tony Trischka, Mike Marshall, Travis Tritt, Lonestar, and many more. ************** Discography The Tall Brown Grass - Summit - Turquoise Records Somethin' Fierce - The McKrells - October Eve Music - 1994 Beating Around the Bush - Bill Keith - Green Linnett Synergy - The Noble Jones Project Jones Project - Sound Hound Records Better Days - The McKrells - Two Twins Records - 1997 Toolshed - Kevin Maul - Mandala Hand – 1997 Vibratile-John Kribs-1999 Hit the Ground Running- The McKrells- Draguin Records-2002 Cosmic Hayride-The McKrells-Draguin Records-2005 The Hills of Glencoe-Craig Vance solo CD Blue Line Recordings-2006

He currently perfroms and tours with The Hickory Project.