Vanguard multi-instrumentalist Harvey Reid to play at Audubon Coffeehouse

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Nov. 8, 2013
Harvey Reid will perform at the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury on Nov. 15. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

Harvey Reid is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has played for more than 40 years, bringing his “steel strings” to concert halls and cafés across the country. In addition to playing several different instruments, he mixes acoustic folk with blues, bluegrass, Celtic and ragtime genres, to name a few. Reid will perform at the Coffeehouse at the Connecticut Audubon Society Center in Glastonbury on Nov. 15.

As examples of his multi-instrumentality, in 1981, Reid won the National Fingerpicking Guitar Competition and in 1982 the International Autoharp competition.

Reid has performed with a long list of artists and bands and on several recordings. He is considered a versatile and engaging singer, a powerful lyricist, a prolific composer, arranger and songwriter, a solid mandolin and bouzouki player, a seasoned performer and a captivating entertainer.

Born in California, Reid first picked up a guitar while living in Maryland in his early teens, and soon fell in with the bluegrass scene in the D.C. area. Adopting something of a gypsy lifestyle, he lived in his van in the late 1970s, traveling around the east coast, while playing solo acoustic and instrumental music on the guitar and autoharp. He has also lived in Colorado, Virginia and Tennessee, before settling in northern New England, where he lives today.

Reid's music has a big reputation, while he has kept his personal profile rather small. He is not associated with record labels or what he terms “hype machinery,” but his “Steel Drivin' Man” CD was voted in 1996 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as one of the 10 Essential Folk CDs of all time, which put him in the company of Woody Guthrie and Joan Baez.

“Reid prides himself on his independence,” according to his website, “and sees himself as a modern embodiment of the ancient minstrels. You'll find elements of the traditional troubadour, the modern poet-songwriter, the American back-porch picker, the classical virtuoso, and even a good bit of Will Rogers-style dry humor and satire.”

The performance at the Connecticut Audubon Society Center in Glastonbury starts at 7:30 p.m., on Nov. 15. T ickets are $15 for CAS members, $20 for non-members and half-price for children under 12.

Reservations are recommended, as tickets will be sold at the door only if the show does not sell out in advance. Call 860-633-8402 for reservations and information, or visit

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