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When the Sea Lets Go - CD


"When the Sea Lets Go"" was recorded at Imaginary Road Studios in Windham County, Vermont, and produced by Grammy Award winning producer and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman, and award winning producer/engineer Tom Eaton. 

"When the Sea Lets Go" is a solo guitar album containing ten tracks and featuring guest performances by Tom Eaton and Michael Manring.

Vin Downes’ hypnotic When the Sea Lets Go gently soothes and relaxes with the peaceful ebb and flow of the ocean waves. Proving once again that “less is more,” Downes’ masterful acoustic guitar playing and composing come from the heart and express so much.

Kathy Parsons -

Emotion and creativity meet like graceful ships on a friendly ocean on Vin Downes’ new contemporary solo guitar album, When the Sea Lets Go.  Downes finely tuned guitar work combined with his passion for perfection make this a recording that is as timeless as it is thoughtful. The ten highly refined tracks are enjoyable any time or any place, but they all share a unique sense of the introspective voyage.  

 R. J. Lannan - The Sounding Board


"Musical expression can range from universal themes to reflecting our most personal feelings. The latest release, When the Sea Lets Go, by acoustic guitarist Vin Downes dives deep into his innermost emotional currents. Many people, from David Crosby and Will Ackerman, to literary influences and feelings of gratitude, reflection, compassion, loss, and more find their way into the songwriting of this former heavy metal rocker turned classically trained guitarist. Vin's use of dynamics and sense of space within his compositions takes them to a level that sets an exceptionally high watermark for music in this genre."

Michael Diamond - Music and Media Focus


"Just beautiful...I love your music."

 David Crosby - CSN, CSNY, Crosby/Nash, The Byrds, CPR

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Unlike the Stars - CD


Vin Downes' new CD, "Unlike the Stars", was recorded with Grammy award winning producer and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman, and co-producer/engineer Tom Eaton, at Imaginary Road Studios in Windham County, Vermont. Musical guests include Will Ackerman, Tom Eaton, Eugene Friesen, Tony Levin and David Watson. These compositions and performances are emotional, expressive and show off Downes' musical voice. 

“Vin Downes is such a brilliant guitarist and such a heart-felt composer that it leaves little room for the producer to do much except try to convince himself that he was indispensible. I wasn’t. Vin is a consummate player who draws upon a wide range of styles. The marvelous thing is that his musical voice is unique enough and powerful enough to hold these different threads together seamlessly. His abilities as a player create an even broader palate from which to draw in his performances. This is as impressive as a debut recording as one could hope for.” ~ Will Ackerman 


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What Falls Away - CD

Vin Downes' second studio release, "What Falls Away", is comprised of nine compositions for solo fingerstyle guitar. These songs evoke various styles, moods and tone colors in a naturally acoustic setting. Co-produced with Anthony Saint James and recorded and mixed by Igor Martinez, "What Falls Away" is an eclectic and refreshing fingerstyle guitar album.


"What Falls Away" ~ CD $10.00  

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Skies and Openings - CD

"Skies and Openings" is the first recording by fingerstyle guitarist Vin Downes. It is comprised of eleven original songs with influences of Americana, Blues, Classical, Folk and Jazz. It includes seven solo performances and four pieces with guest musicians Lois Carpenter on bass, Mike Fumento on drums and Jeffrey Young on violin.


"Skies and Openings" ~ CD $12.00

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When the Sea Lets Go - Official Guitar Tablature and Notation Book

A collection of ten fingerstyle pieces for solo acoustic guitar, composed by Vin Downes. Each song includes standard notation and tablature. Transcriptions created by Vin Downes and Mark Grover. Selections include: Entwined and Lost, Evening in Berkeley, Morning Red, Dust and Drag, Just Before You Leave, Everything Ahead, When the Sea Lets Go, Streets of Sunday, The Right Words Are Simple, All You Left Behind


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Available songs:

When the Sea Lets Go

Just Before You Leave

When the Sea Lets Go


Unlike the Stars

Where I Began

Dark Blue Wind

Unlike the Stars

All We Ever Wanted

Skies and Openings

What Falls Away

Skies and Openings

So She Spins


Pen City Rag