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Guitarist Marty Daniels picks Duncan, again

Globetrotting guitarist Marty Daniels (right) has moved back to Cowichan after years of working on cruise ships. He
Globetrotting guitarist Marty Daniels (right) has moved back to Cowichan after years of working on cruise ships. He's pictured with Lonesome Don Wilkie, who plays weekend shows at the Quamichan Inn.
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Globetrotting guitarist Marty Daniels has moved back to Cowichan after years of working cruise ships and living in his native Montreal.

Daniels, 59, was the first artist featured when the News Leader Pictorial added the arts to its regular beats in October 1992.

One career highlight was giving a guitar lesson in 1994 to then-premier Mike (Guitar Chord) Harcourt at the Providence Farm Hoedown.

Daniels — a guitar teacher, plus film and stage actor — left the Warm Land in around 2000, but visited regularly.

A master of the Telecaster, trilingual Daniels has just issued his second CD, lyrics-based Reflexions that's loaded with timely messages about social mayhem.

Tunes from it, and his first platter Two Sides, are played worldwide on the internet.

A Latin-tinged player of jazz, blues and rock, Daniels now calls Duncan home while still doing gigs aboard some of the world's largest cruise ships.

His diverse musical influences include Carlos Santana, Jimmy Webb, Glen Campbell, Wes Montgomery, Lenny Breau, Jimi Hendrix, and many others.

Daniels recently played a wrap-party jam at the Cobblestone Inn with his old friends The Bratz, who hosted Sunday's record-breaking Special Woodstock at Providence Farm.

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