Recommendations for Craig Bickhardt
June, 2019 - "What a lovely evening! Craig and Jack clearly enjoy each other's company and create great music together. The stories were interesting and both artists are so talented it was a joy to listen. We highly recommend them. They arrived on time, set up quickly, and put on a fabulous show. Our guests all enjoyed both the performance and the performers. They are also great overnight guests."
Recommendations come from experienced CIYH venues.
September, 2018 - "Craig was wonderful, as always! We're had him several times in the past and he is clearly a house favorite. He was also was gracious enough to jump in after another artist from CIYH canceled with no excuse. Larry Ahearn did a couple songs as a warm up. It doesn't get any better than this! We have already scheduled Craig for 2019!"
June, 2018 - "Fine songwriting, good stories, fantastic guitar work - it was a magical evening. The audience loved it, and called for an encore. Craig, his lovely wife, and his business manager arrived on schedule, and were charming guests. We were able to set up and enjoyed a rehearsal/sound check well before any guests arrived. We have had many post-concert comments (all very positive) from the attendees."
June, 2018 - "What treat to host Craig. He puts on a fantastic show. My crowd loved him. This is the second time we have hosted Craig. He is welcome back anytime! Can't recommend him enough. He delivers!!"
September, 2017 - "Craig's third visit to the Cozy Cabin was, as usual, seamless. While the show was the most "intimate" of the year, six very happy superfans/first time guests joined us for a truly special performance. Craig and Larry are always gracious and happy to go with the flow, and it's like having family visit, no, better than family. Craig's song lyrics become more relevant with the passage of time, and his resonant voice sounds better with every listen. We're honored to call him and Larry Friends."
July, 2017 - "Craig gave us another topnotch show on Sunday afternoon. The songs are just so solid, and his stories are engaging -- it's a very satisfying package. Thanks, Craig!"
April, 2017 - "The ultimate professional without professional "airs." Charming person and masterful musician. Paid special attention to a little five-year-old in the audience - she was mesmerized."
November, 2016 - "We feel honored to host Craig Bickhardt! He is a regular here at Music on the Mountain. We love him, but more importantly our audience loves him, too. Craig writes songs that put words and music to feelings from the heart. This trip Craig brought his wife and they did a duo that melted the hearts of audience. Craig is also a very nice person. We enjoyed him and his wife during the down time. Great company! Craig will be welcomed back here regularly!"
June, 2016 - "Craig is a treasure, period. Jack Sundrud accompanied him on his second visit to the Cabin, and the performance exceeded expectations. My childhood friend and I said we felt as though we were in her/my high school bedroom listening to our favorite artists. Craig goes with the flow, is a captivating storyteller, and loves to perform, whether it's an audience of 5 or 500. Perfect weather, insane talent, a full moon and fabulous audience created one of our most talked about performances."
May, 2016 - "A warm and urbane man, polished performer, and talented song writer, Craig Bickhardt was a joy to host. Everything was very well organized beforehand and the show itself was a real treat. He had both deep and affecting songs as well as some fun and upbeat tunes. His singing voice is smooth and expressive and he is well-read, with wide ranging interests, which contributes to interesting and thoughtful commentary between songs. Craig has that rare and great combination of easy-going and deep."
March, 2016 - "It was a pleasure to have Craig Bickhardt, Jack Sundrud,and Larry Ahearn for a house concert. Larry played for me at a nursing home I volunteer at weekly. He was personable, playing a lot of orginal tunes and told his story as he walked among audience members. They loved him. Craig and Jack did an expert job at the house concert that night. Fantastic guitar playing, wonderful harmonies and story songs. The audience loved them. I look forward to another time with them."
March, 2016 - "Craig was fantastic!! I couldn't believe how lucky I was to have such an accomplished, amazing artist in my own home! His lyrics were spellbinding, but yet surpassed by his awesome guitar playing and magnetic personality and charm. My guests felt the very same way. I hope that he will be able to come this way again some time. If you ever have the opportunity to host or see Craig, I highly recommend him!"
October, 2015 - "Craig was wonderful, as always. Great songwriter, instrumentalist, singer with a nice variety of song types - he has it all and is a really nice guy besides. Our guests love him as much as we do. If you get the chance BOOK HIM! You won't regret it! We have all ready booked him for next fall!"
May, 2015 - "Craig has a warm and wonderful way with words. His stories are beautifully portrayed. His background stories also had the audience captivated. He was respectful and very appreciative of my efforts in hosting and the audience. Communication, through his manager, was very professional."
April, 2015 - "We had Craig Bickhardt as our performer last night! What an incredible performer. Craig played before a smaller than expected crowd and played like there were 100 people in the crowd. He is a great singer, storyteller and guitar player. Very professional and engaging with the crowd. His songs are very personal and moving! If you get a chance to book Craig don't hesitate. You will be glad you did! His manager Larry is extremely easy and accessible to work with. A great night was had by all!!"
February, 2015 - "I thought Craig was too "big" for my modest house concert series; he assured me he's only 5'6". In spite of challenging weather, we shared a mellow musical afternoon with a full house of appreciative Craig and Christine DeLeon fans. Craig came highly recommended by several CIYH artists, and as many already know, he was gracious and down to earth, regaling the audience with tales of his illustrious career. I sat inches from him and was mesmerized by his artistry, and now I'm his #1 fan."
October, 2014 - "Craig and Jack are a dynamite team. The music and the lyrics are wonderful. Great entertainers, we are looking forward to a return concert."
October, 2014 - "Craig is perfect for any audience. He fit right in with my usual crowd. Great stories, wonderful lyrics and some mighty fine guitar playin'. You'll love the musician and the man."
September, 2014 - "Marvelous rapport with the audience. Exceptional finger picking style guitar playing and evocative and beautiful vocal ability. Open and warm personality."
September, 2014 - "Craig was a consumate professional. He was a pleasure to host. Craig has delightful stories from real experiences that are personified through his songs/lyrics. His songs truly can relate to the people. The audience was captivated by his performance. He developed a wonderful rapport with the audience. He will return in May 2015."
September, 2014 - "I had to miss this concert because I was out of town, but everybody who attended told me I missed a great one, and asked if we could have them back. We will certainly try. I'd like to hear what I missed!"
June, 2014 - "Can't say enough about how good Craig's show was! Craig's songwriting talent is unmatched. A master guitarist with a unique style that adds tonal surprises that awed, he shared the stories behind many of his songs making them so much more meaningful. Our audience was smaller than expected, but they loved him as much as we do! Love, love.
We can't wait to book him again. If you get the chance to host Craig, do it! He is awesome."
June, 2014 - "Craig and his daughter provided great entertainment for all of us last night! Mixing his music with stories of his life was delightful!"
May, 2014 - "Craig is an incredibly talented singer-song writer. He is a seasoned pro and delivered a spectacular performance along with Tom Hampton who accompanied him on mandolin and lap steel."
January, 2014 - "Great Show. Very professional. Super voice, intresting stories and great guitar work. Good CD sales afterward so everyone really enjoyed."
September, 2013 - "Craig's performance was polished and professional; his rendition of his material was splendid and was enjoyed by all members of the audience."
July, 2013 - "I made sure I would have Craig Bickhardt perform in my series this summer! I have been lucky enough to have heard him play on Cape Cod several times now; he was a perfect fit for my living room! The audience loved him, for his exceptional guitar picking and that heart warming voice; laying down those sometimes sad ballads he is so famous for. You want to ask him to stay a while, have breakfast, a cup of coffee, talk about life! I had the perfect number here, in the balcony, all around the room."
April, 2013 - "Craig Bickhardt performed for the second time at our series. Once again, it was a great performance. He's a very engaging story teller, his songs are wonderful - many like poems. His guitar playing is strong. It's obvious Craig has been a master performer for a while. Booking and arrangements were simple and easy. Craig did not stay with us, but his road manager Larry Ahearn did, and Larry is a great and easy house guest."
September, 2011 - "Craig played a great concert at our house last week. His songs were consistently terrific, and he performed them beautifully. Totally impressed -- everyone loved it."
March 2011 - Craig is a passionate music maker with genuine sincerity in his songwriting, no flash, no tricky hooks. Just real songs for real people…a huge hit with the concert-goers. I am still getting comments.