Howie Cantor

featured musician

A musician who’s been churning songs for over thirty years, Howie Cantor produces whimsical tunes with unconventional and memorable themes. Fun fact: he’s also a sugar maker, selling his own Maple syrup at The Greenmarket farmer’s market in Manhattan since 1985. Sweet.

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Hailing from the picturesque ‘Northeast Kingdom’ West Glover, Vermont, performer and songwriter Howie Cantor has recorded three albums and is about to release his fourth. Titled Places, it is a complex EP about places in the world and the mind. Musically, Howie worked with many talented partners. Multi-instrumentalist Ron Kelley acts as musical director, producer and recording engineer in addition to playing on many of the songs. Geoff Goodhue, a musician since the age of five, plays guitar, fiddle, mandolin, percussion and sings on the EP. We asked Howie to elaborate on the latest album:

What can you tell us about Places?
The songs are about places on the planet as well as places in the mind. We will be recording the songs in the musical genres of the places they come from: an Alpine Polka from the Aosta Valley in Italy, a dixieland tune remembering a musical trip to New Orleans, an island reggae tune, a serious Puerto Rican folk song, a Klezmer tune and plenty of Vermont string band music.

Sounds like you’re taking your listeners through a fantastic journey. What other plans do you have in the near future that your fans can look forward to?
I am now curating Music Night every Thursday at Parker Pie, a cool pizza spot in West Glover, Vermont, and Music Night at Parker Pie Wings in Coventry, Vermont. We feature great local music and the occasional touring group. I also appear at each venue myself, either playing my own songs or as the bass player of The Can Am Jazz Band.

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What went through your head the first time you saw your art on our beer bottles?
Of course I thought: This is very cool! And it plays a tune of mine, as well. A special bonus: the beer is really good! I actually think Collective Arts Brewing is doing a great thing with a great idea; thank you.

Thank YOU, Howie, for being a part of our Label Series One! To find out more about Howie and to purchase his music, visit www.howiecantor.com

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