The Australian folksinger Simon MacDonald (1906-1968) spent most of his life living in the district around Creswick in country Victoria. This arrangement by Ken Murray of this song is inspired by MacDonald's moving recording of this folksong, made towards the end of his life. It forms part of a suite of Australian folksong arrangements for guitar.


Lucky Strike was named after a close shave with a bolt of lightning. The guitaristic opening motif came first and the rest of the piece grew from this material. 

RECIFE dos corais

Recife dos Corais refers to the coral reef that lies off the northeast coast of Brazil, a natural treasure much like the Great Barrier Reef off the northeast coast of Australia.


Pinote is a reference to a common scene in southern rural Brazil where rodeos take place, pinote being the horse's buck to dislodge its rider. Ken is playing here with Doug de Vries.

la petenera no ha muerto

A piece written by the Granadine flamenco guitarist and composer Angel Barrios (1882 - 1964), played by Ken Murray. Angel was a close friend to Manuel de Falla and Isaac Albeniz.


"Lagartixa" is a moto perpetual choro taken from the suite 'Introduced Species' played and composed by Ken Murray. Tribute to the Brazilian guitar master Doug de Vries. Ken plays a cedar top Altamira N300 in this performance.


Some great tips by Ken Murray on how to practice the tremolo technique on the guitar. Pdf available here:


Ken Murray is a leading ambassador for Altamira guitars and is a regular at Altamira's international guitar festivals and competitions.