Ray Montford – Vintage is Now

Rare Ottawa Show!
Ray Montford solo concert playing songs from his new album Vintage Is Now

Sat. Dec. 29, GigSpace
953 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa 
Tickets: $17 Adv. / $20 @ Door
Concert starts at 8:00 pm.
Waiting area opens at 7:00 and GigSpace doors open at 7:30.
Call to reserve or purchase advance tickets 613.729.0693 (leave a message if you reach voicemail) or purchase at the door.
Reserved tickets that are not paid in advance need to be picked up by 7:45.
Capacity 46 – General seating.  GigSpace is located at 953 Gladstone Ave., inside Alcorn Music Studios,  cross street is Loretta, approx. one block west of Preston Street.

 Ray Montford is one of those rare guitarists who, like Jeff Beck and David Gilmour, does not consider virtuosity as a means in itself, and who knows how to make his instrument sing, wringing emotion from every note.  With eight albums to his credit, Ray has built a repertoire that plays like a series of magical sonic pictures.
“As hypnotic as a highway at night, always-moving, always-changing scenery…” – Denis Armstrong, Ottawa Sun  

Vintage Is Now is an evocative collection of tunes, engaging and inviting the listener into a visceral and melodic odyssey and deeply rooted in the Canadian guitarist’s distinctive compositional sound.  Produced by veteran Terry Brown (Rush/Max Webster/Klaatu)

There is something to be said about someone having the courage to release an instrumental album in 2012, and looking to make a dent in the pop-drenched landscape of the music world.  Ray Montford, the virtuoso guitarist and Canada’s own aficionado of the 6 string, has done just that and done it with great style, grace, and conviction.His 11 track and sixth studio album – “Vintage Is Now” – is as beautiful a collection of guitar lead compositions as it is raw and uninhibited.  Picture a journey on a magic carpet ride over a turbulent and roaring sea while laying on pillows of silk and down, flying through the white capped waves.  Opium dreams you say?  Well Montford knows exactly how to evoke these grandiose visions with his flawless playing and keep you in a state of unencumbered sensory bliss the whole way through.Could Ray Montford be Canada’s own Jeff Beck?  With this gift of an album where so many emotions are touched on throughout, one has to think he may just be carving out his own path as a guitarist and letting his playing do the talking.  Perhaps no one could ever fill the shoes of the guitar gods of the past but it doesn’t seem that Ray has set out to achieve this shadow goal.  His playing is unique, honest, and still enthusiastic which is rare these days as instrumentals go.  His love for the guitar shines through the music which in essence keeps you, as the listener, so connected to his playing.  His songs become the canvas of ones imagination and boldly paint a vision where voice and lyrics have no place over the roar of one man and his guitar.

Listen to Vintage Is Now