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Greg Joy was born in Victoria, BC, Canada in 1954. He grew up there, starting his musical training at the age of eleven, playing in the local school band. After travelling to Europe in 1975, he became interested in the acoustic guitar and British Isles folk music, spending a great deal of time at folk clubs and music festivals throughout England and Scotland. It was here that he discovered three very inspiring guitar players: John Renbourn, Bert Jansch and Davey Graham, who pioneered a guitar style known as “folk-baroque”.

From 1977-1978, Greg attended the Victoria Conservatory of Music, studying classical guitar and music theory.

From 1978-1987, Greg performed extensively throughout BC in various musical groups focusing on lively Celtic music, English traditional folk songs and original compositions. During this period, Greg developed his unique acoustic guitar style that utilizes open tunings and is based on a synthesis of folk-baroque, classical, contemporary jazz and folk-rock influences.

In 1990, Greg started his own record label, Ancient Echoes Music, recording and producing several different artists, and selling the albums through various distribution networks. From 1988-1997, he also worked as operations manager for a major Canadian music distribution company, Midsummer Music. In 1998, he co-founded Horizon West Music, which continued to distribute independent Canadian artists’ music worldwide.

As of 2013, Greg has recorded and produced 18 of his own albums, which stylistically encompass Celtic, folk-baroque, folkrock, contemporary jazz, Christmas and music with nature sounds. These albums have sold over 250,000 copies worldwide. He has composed over 200 pieces of original music and arranged many traditional tunes.



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