Michael McCabe Multi-Styled Guitarist

Based in Vancouver WA

Michael McCabe is an accomplished solo finger-style guitarist with vocals for your function. He's been performing live shows for more than 30 years. Michael performs on nylon and steel string guitars doing instrumentals and vocals. He has performed events for Chevrolet, Ping Golf Corp, Oscar Meyer, Wells Fargo, et al. Michael has crafted his performances to specialize in weddings and special events. He has performed his own concerts and opened for Herbie Hancock, Tom Scott and Scott Cossu as well. Michael's been performing weddings/events since 1988 in Washington and Oregon from The Dalles and Bend, Or. to Cannon Beach, Or. northern border of Washington to southern border of Oregon. His styles are: Classical, Spanish/Flamenco, Celtic, music of the 20's to the 50's, Bossa Nova, Brazilian, traditional Latin, Jazz, Gypsy Jazz, standards, 60's and 70's, Folk, Rock, Country, Blues. Michael loves to sing and has a vocal song list that most likely has your favorite tunes. Michael also uses a vocal harmonizer that adds harmonies that are truly awesome, like "Seven Bridges Road" by The Eagles, etc. All the harmonies are there. He also uses a looper (recorder) that creates a one of a kind, unique, live composition that cannot be duplicated afterwards. That's very special! Michael uses pro backing tracks, plays the melody and improvises along with them. He can sound like a small duo or trio to a full band. Michael also uses a drum machine that gets guests tapping their feet or up dancing. Having said all that Michael is fully capable of only solo acoustic guitar with no vocals or other electronics. You can taylor your event by hand picking your favorite song from his song list. Songs not on the list are always welcome. Even though Michael has released four Cd's of original compositions, one of cover songs and a Christmas Cd, he still feels his wonderful clients want popular songs to enhance their event. Imagine an evening of popular songs that bring back the best of memories and will stay with them long after the event is over. Michael bases his success on his variety of styles and his musical approach to each and every song, his great attitude and willingness to work with the client to make each event a success. He'll even play a little longer so as not be a clock watcher.  Don't be surprised if he doesn't take a break at all for he loves to perform.  And now a little more about Michael.  He has received airplay from local radio station in Portland, OR. KMHD FM 89.1  and KINK FM 102 radio. His original guitar compositions are featured on "KINK Lights Out 9 and 10". Michael and co-writer Kenyon Matthews won an American Eagle Award from the CMAA in 1996 for "Songwriter of the Year".  Michael's recording "Come back to Sorrento" from his release "Amor" is used in a sitcom in Canada called "Alice, I Think".  He released a Christmas CD called "Acoustic Christmas" and from that release the American Greetings Corporation was interested in his recording of John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" in a John Lennon Christmas ornament.  American Greetings Corporation was unable to clear the rights to use my recording of "Happy Xmas (War is Over)", so it didn't happen. Michael's recordings can be found on popular download sites: itunes, Musicforte,  Rhapsody and streaming at: Pandora, Spodify, Sirius, YouTube, etc.  Michael's working on songs he composed and performed at weddings. This release is titled "Together As One". Michael is always consistent in creating a wonderful and stress-less environment of musical excellence.  His clients have said, "The music with Michael was the easiest to take care of and stress free." With more than 30 years of performing experience you'll receive the best professional music service you'd expect.  Here's a quote: "Michael plays with passion that is so consistently missing from music these days.  Listen to his writing.  Listen to his guitar playing.  You'll have a tough time finding one better".  Kevin Welch former Music Director KINK Radio 102fm, Portland, Oregon. At the time of booking I will create a contract, discuss the music choices, and keep in close touch with you till your event is completed. Michael looks forward to your response and hope to be your guitarist of choice! Here are a few unedited testimonials from some of his most wonderful clients:***Sample Testimonial 1*** Michael and his music were perfect for the occasion. J. K. Portland, Oregon
***Sample Testimonial 2*** Mr. McCabe arrived early, happy, outgoing and friendly. He set up and started playing right on time and everyone was very impressed with his level of talent. He interacted with the guests and did an acoustic lullaby for my daughter who is eight months pregnant. He took requests and even performed an obscure piece with lots of harmonics that I had mentioned to him on the phone weeks before. I can't say enough good things about Mr. McCabe. Hire him for your event! You'll be very glad you did. He played 1/2 hour longer than he had to and closed his set with a remarkable rendition of Hotel California. Two thumbs way up! Matthew P. Salem Or.
***Sample Testimonial 3*** Michael McCabe is one of the most talented and competent guitar players I have ever engaged. He has a wide repertoire, ranging through pop, rock, Spanish, classical and some of his own compositions and transcriptions. He played requests ranging from Beatles (Here Comes the Sun) to "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" (probably the most difficult guitar composition ever written). His personality was as engaging as his music - he interacted very well with the guests, and was neither unapproachable nor pushy. He played all the requests that were made. To finish, he gave me one of his Cd's - a thoughtful touch for a wedding performer! I will request him again, should an occasion arise, and have no reservations in recommending him for someone who needs quiet, thoughtful background music. Peter W. Manzanita, Or. ***Sample Testimonial 4 *** Michael McCabe was an excellent choice to provide entertainment for our small private party. He was vary responsive, accommodating, and friendly throughout. His musical repertoire was real and broad, and he responded readily to a wide variety of requests, with all that, we found him to be the kind of warm and genuine person who would likely fit in well with any group on any occasion. As a person and a musician he delighted us all. We highly recommend Michael to anyone looking for a guitarist with experience, talent, and heart. Cheers Michael from Dolores and Tom, Salem, Oregon,***Sample Testimonial 5*** Michael arrived at the venue at least an hour early to set up and get a feel for the room. His selection of music was perfect for the group that had been described to him. Very accommodating and easy going personality. I believe a member of the audience will be using him later on this year. We would use him again in a heartbeat. He played diversified music and in the end stayed longer than expected. Thank you Michael very much. Arlene W