Ray Montford engages the senses as he puts out the powerful grooves and
liquid guitar tones that mark his narrative style. Throughout six independent
albums, his heart has remained loyal to the rock influences he loves while
incorporating the sounds of jazz/blues/roots and world music that continue to
inspire him. Consistently, audiences rave about Ray's "emotional, intimate,
powerful and haunting" music and performances.
For more than 15 years Ray's dynamic group of some of Canada's best known players
have shared their visceral energy with thousands of fans at music festivals,
clubs and theatres. They have toured Europe, shared the stage with the Tony
Levin Band (alumnae of Peter Gabriel) and recently sold out the Young Centre
for the Performing Arts in Toronto for the release of Ray's latest CD, a
fragile balance, also available on 180 gram vinyl.
Ray's music is featured regularly on CBC National Radio and he was voted 2007's
Instrumentalist to Watch on Galaxie Satellite Radio. Ray has received grants
from the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Factor and External Affairs
as well as sponsorship from Totem Acoustic and Paradigm for his six independent
albums and performances. Nationally acknowledged for his compositions, recordings
and performances, he also scores and licenses original music for film and TV.
He has been a juror for the Toronto Arts Council's Composer Program and for the
Gemini awards. From 1994-1997, he was the guitar player for Canadian sensations
The Rankin Family, and from 1997-1998 with Gaelic singer Mary Jane Lamond.
"The ever-tasteful musician has a gift for grand musical moments that retain
their intimacy... an atmospheric, emotional road well worth travelling."
- Steve Baylin, Ottawa Xpress
"Ray Montford is a sensitive and exploratory musician who combines traditional
techniques with exciting world music influences."
- Atom Egoyan
"shed your skin is a brilliant record... incredible playing... singular musical voice
... and one of the best recorded guitar records I've ever heard in my life!"
- Will Ackerman
"As hypnotic as a highway at night, always-moving, always-changing scenery, the kind of music
you hear on an old car radio in the middle of nowhere."
- Denis Armstrong, Ottawa Sun