Halifax’s Jeff Jodrey is a masterful fingerstyle guitarist. His debut full-length release Carnival, a dizzying array of melody and eminence, was recently nominated for Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards 2016.
Engineered and produced by Jodrey and Juno-nominated, multiple ECMA winner Cory Tetford, who also lends stunning electric guitar and percussion, the duo artfully crafted a kaleidoscopic easy-listening masterpiece. Carnival is a 9-track album recorded in Jodrey’s home studio Treefort, and mixed and mastered at Tetford’s CTM.
While Carnival features 2-time US National Fingerstyle Guitar winner Don Ross, who colours “Timmy the Cat” with soulful Dobro guitar, “Side By Side” is an auditory invitation to buy your ticket, step right up with “Breaking Through,” and be whisked away by “Kairos,” on the midway. Jodrey even tosses in a bag of cotton candy, and redefines Pearl Jam’s rock anthem, “Even Flow.”
From opening for Don Ross at The Carleton in Halifax, to returning to Wolfville to perform at the War Child Benefit, Jodrey has been featured on CBC’s Mainsteet, community radio, and has dedicated 30 years to fingerstyle guitar. Email for more information.
“Jeff Jodrey is an engaging, original performer. Uniquely creative, he offers his audience excellent musicianship and a heart – opening sound that invites us all in to share the world as he sees and hears it. His professional approach to his artistry makes his participation in any show a gift for the organizers and audience alike. Having invited him to perform for several shows, I recommend him and his musical gifts without hesitation.” – Linda Wheeldon, Producer, Wolfville’s WarChild Benefit
“…Jeff Jodrey opened for Don Ross at The Carleton and more than held his own ahead of one of the world’s most accomplished guitarists and his discerning fans.” – Mike Campbell, booker/managing business partner The Carleton Music Bar and Grill
Originally from Annapolis Valley, Jodrey is now based outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia. For several years he studied with world-class multi-instrumentalist Daniel Heikalo, and most recently with acoustic guitar master Don Ross. He committed to fingerstyle guitar playing after hearing Rik Emmett’s Midsummer’s Daydream in 1985.
During the early 90s, Jodrey co-founded Toronto acoustic indie-rock band Winebible, and toured Ontario and Eastern Canada with radio and video singles “Things You Put Me Through,” and “One More Day,” and sold thousands of copies of their three albums: Pack Of Smokes, Winebible, and Summer Of 1997.
In late 1997, Jodrey returned home to Nova Scotia, and released his first solo guitar record, Instrumental Guitar For Folks With Good Taste (1997). After taking a break from music to raise a family, he returned to his guitar, inspired by Mark Knopfler, Tommy Emmanuel, Ron Sexsmith, Joe Satriani and Don Ross, and composed an inclusive instrumental record for all listeners. Carnival is his most recent ticket. Jeff continues to perform around Nova Scotia at different establishments, events, private functions, and charities.
“I want my songs to evoke the listener’s own stories and memories, my role as a musician is to take you on a journey. Even with the absence of words, there is a chance to touch one another, for us to connect.”
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He is truly one of the most talented guitarists I’ve had the pleasure to meet in person. I have easily referred at least 4 other families (who are friends of mine) to Jeff. I had no hesitation referring him again when a neighbour posted on their Facebook page they were seeking an instructor. As a gifted musician and a patient teacher, you are unlikely to find a better guitar instructor than Jeff. I highly recommend him.” –Daisy Karasek
“Jeff has been our son’s guitar teacher for 2 years now. He is very patient and kind. Our son says that Jeff always seems to know exactly the spot in a song that he needs help with and corrects him in an encouraging way. Jeff is highly recommended by our family.” –Sarah DiGiorno
“My son is only into his second year of guitar lessons and he is already playing songs of his choice. Jeff keeps his lessons to an appropriate length and is flexible regarding his student’s needs and wants. What’s great about Jeff’s lessons is that he can come to your house!” –Kelly Greenlaw