Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bastard Bearded Irishmen Guitarist Goes Classical on Solo Album

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bastard Bearded Irishmen Guitarist Goes Classical on Solo Album

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Danny Rectenwald spends most of his stage time revving people up as a member of Celtic punk band Bastard Bearded Irishmen.

Going into the holiday season, he's chilling them out. Mr. Rectenwald, who has a bachelor's degree from Duquesne University and a master of music degree in classical guitar performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, is releasing "Samadhi," a beautiful, reflective album of solo guitar he recorded in his living room.

It was prompted by a suggestion by his sister-in-law to record guitar music for her yoga classes.

"I've played live for yoga many times before, so I loved the idea," he says. "I initially thought I would make improvised soundscapes that serve as background music, but as I was writing, I thought the pieces deserved more than that. …

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