biography

Composer, arranger, producer, guitarist Dean Magraw has fine-tuned his “Heavy Meadow” approach to music from years of performing and recording with some of the finest musicians in the United States, Europe, and Japan. His first recording, Broken Silence, came out in 1994 and won the NAIRD award for Best Acoustic Instrumental Album of the Year.

Dean has since produced myriad passionate albums, including his latest  release, Fire on the Nile (Red House Records), a duo collaboration with renowned percussionist, Eric Kamau Gravatt.

“Dean Magraw's guitar playing transcends, transports and lifts the soul to a higher level as he weaves, cajoles and entices every note from his instrument. The note, length of note, tone of note, the bending of the note; every colour of the note is explored and delivered with a master's care and love. Just as important are the silences with which he knits his music… these can only come with being at one with one's art. Dean Magraw is an incredible world class musician who's modesty only makes him more appreciated by the listener.” -Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (Altan)

“Dean Magraw… so liquid, lyrical and effortless it’s like listening to a dancer.” -Steve Tibbetts

“Dean Magraw unveils soulful melodic grooves intricately designed to heal the broken dancer, confuse the boldest mathematician, and eradicate ennui in our lifetime.” -Nick Lethert

“Dean Magraw...the most savage agressor ever to rip the face off a 12-string!” -Wendell “Chicken Shack” Davis

Dean Magraw

Collaborators

There are many others… my great teachers; I have learned so much from you all…

  • Garrison Keillor · Prairie Home Companion
  • Altan · trad. Irish
  • Paul Schaeffer · David Letterman
  • Nigel Kennedy · violin
  • Eric Kamau Gravatt · drumset, percussion
  • Claudia Schmidt · vocals, mountain dulcimer, guitar
  • Peter Ostroushko · mandolin, violin, guitar
  • Anthony Cox · bass
  • Butch Thompson · piano
  • Eight Head · whirled jam family
  • Richard Dworsky · piano
  • The Big Wu · jam band family
  • Marcus Wise · tabla
  • John Snow · oboe
  • Steve Tibbetts · guitar
  • JT Bates · drumset
  • Fareed Haque · guitar
  • Pepper Adams · saxophone
  • Dave King · drumset
  • Jim Anton · bass
  • Prudence Johnson · vocals
  • Andy McKee · guitar
  • Pat Donohue · guitar
  • Marc Anderson · percussion
  • Chico Huff · bass
  • John Williams · accordion, concertina, flute
  • Daithi Sproule · guitar
  • Megan Flood · dance, choreography
  • Tim Sparks · guitar
  • Peter Finger · guitar
  • Willie Murphy · guitar, piano, vocals
  • Mike Marshall · guitar, mandolin
  • Ustad Sultan Khan · sarangi
  • Darol Anger · violin
  • Masahiro Nitta · shamisen
  • Bryan Nichols · piano
  • David Whetstone · sitar
  • Nirmala Rajaseker · vina, vocals
  • Bruce Henry · vocals
  • Billy McLaughlin · guitar
  • Pooja Goswami · vocals
  • A Tribute to Mingus
  • Billy Petersen · bass
  • Gordy Knudtson · drumset
  • Red Planet
  • Francois Corneloup · saxophone
  • Dominique Pifarely · violin
  • Byron Berline · violin
  • Leroy Jenkins · violin
  • Ricky Ford · saxophone
  • Davu Seru · drumset, percussion
  • Dan Newton · accordion
  • Bruce Kurnow · harmonica, stringed harp, keyboards
  • Power Circus
  • Ruth MacKenzie · vocals
  • Peter Johnson · drumset
  • Bilal Chisti/Dhruv Sangari · qawali vocals, harmonium
  • Gary Raynor · bass
  • Richard Hedlund · bass
  • Alan Dworsky · percussion, guitar
  • Heather Jansz · vocals
  • Tom Hubbard · bass
  • Jay Epstein · drumset
  • Chris Bates · bass
  • Sandor Szabo · guitar
  • Franco Morone · guitar
  • Falk Zenker · guitar
  • Jacques Stotzem · guitar
  • Isato Nakagawa · guitar
  • Kevin Washington · drumset
  • Jay Young · bass
  • Brandon Wozniak · saxophone
  • Dave Karr · saxophone
  • Robin Pluer · vocals
  • Lorie Line · keyboards
  • Phil Hey · drumset
  • Gordy Johnson · bass
  • Lidia Berman · percussion, vocals
  • Jayati Weerakuun · sitar
  • Wynne Fricke · dance, choreography
  • Chritine Maginnis · dance, choreography
  • Devin Carey · dance, choreography
  • Chris Aitkin · dance
  • Paul Storms · guitar
  • Katja Linfield · cello
  • Peter McGuire · violin
  • Phil Aaron · piano
  • Dan Chouinard · piano
  • Adi Yeshaya · piano
  • Radim Zenkl · mandolin