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Gig with Scott Danger Bravo... - January 6, 2016

I will be playing with Scott Danger Bravo at An Beal Bocht in the Bronx on Sunday, January 31 @8PM. Come on out for a great evening of fingerstyle guitar! 998484_10153759518220520_8049499629695647961_n_resized.jpg

Will Ackerman's Gathering Concerts - April 22, 2015

I am excited to announce that I will be performing as part of Will Ackerman's Gathering Concerts in 2015, alongside some incredible artists. Details in my calendar. Here are some confirmed dates:

Sat. October 24 - Charlotte, NC - Sharon Presbyterian Church
~ with Will Ackerman and Stanton Lanier
Sun. October 25 - Atlanta, GA - Peachtree Presbyterian Church
~ with Will Ackerman and Stanton Lanier
Sat. Dec. 19 - Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center - Stowe, Vermont 
~ with Will Ackerman, Peter Jennison, Rebecca Harrold
Sat. April 8 -  Private House Concert - Atlanta, GA 
~ with Will Ackerman

ZMR Nomination for Best Instrumental Acoustic Album - February 17, 2015

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that my album "Unlike the Stars" has been nominated for "Best Instrumental Album - Acoustic" for the 11th Zone Music Reporter Awards Show, which will take place in New Orleans in May. I am so grateful for the radio programmers and personnel who have played, supported and voted for the record, and to Ed and Stacey Bonk for promoting it. Huge thank you to Will AckermanTom EatonEugene Friesen, Tony Levin, Darryl Dixon and David Watson for believing in the music and making it all happen.



Zone Music Reporter Top 100 of 2014 - January 13, 2015

"Unlike the Stars" is ranked #7 on the Zone Music Reporter Top 100 Albums of 2014 Chart. Check it out. Big THANK YOU to Will Ackerman, Tom Eaton, Eugene Friesen, Tony Levin, Dave Watson, Darryl Dixon and Ed and Stacey Bonk at Lazz Promotions for making 2014 the greatest musical year of my life!

Stonebridge Guitar Artist - January 12, 2015

I am very happy to announce my new relationship with Stonebridge Guitars. Stonebridge has brought me onboard as one of their featured artists. I am now playing a gorgeous Stonebridge GC22CE. This guitar is like no other I that have played before. I am very excited to be associated with such an incredible guitar maker. Special thanks to Luke Michielsen, Artist Relations, at Stonebridge Guitars.

The Gathering Concert 11/22/14 - December 1, 2014

I had a wonderful time performing with Will Ackerman as part of The Gathering Concert in Stowe, Vermont at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. Will and I played along with performers that included Dana Cunningham, Matteo Palmer and Heidi Breyer.

More Gathering Concerts are in the works. Stay tuned for more info...

Here is the set that Will and I played:

Processional (duet)

Last Day at the Beach (duet)

Unconditional (Will solo)

What Strangers Are These (duet)

Turning Years (Vin solo)

Impending Death of the Virgin Spirit (Will solo)


Here's a pic of Will during soundcheck...


The Gathering Concert - October 29, 2014

I am very happy to announce that I have been asked to be a guest performer at The Gathering Concert featuring Will Ackerman, Heidi Breyer, Masako and Matteo Palmer in Stowe, Vermont on Saturday, November 22, 2014. I will perform duets with Will and hopefully a solo or two. Info below...

57th Grammy Awards - October 19, 2014

My album "Unlike the Stars" is officially on the ballot for the 57th Grammy Awards under the category Best New Age Album. Any fellow voting Grammy members who would like to give the album a listen, please check out the link below. I truly appreciate your ears, time and consideration.

R.J. Lannan Review - September 19, 2014

Here is the newest review of "Unlike the Stars" by R.J. Lannan for Zone Music Reporter.

Recent and Upcoming Performances - September 14, 2014

It has been a busy month or so...So busy I haven't been able to post this news until now.

On August 29, I had the incredible opportunity to be a guest performer with Will Ackerman, Liz Story and Lisa Downing at the "Kate" Theater in Old Saybrook, Ct. It is hard to find the words to describe how wonderful this experience was for me, especially to share the stage with Will Ackerman. I had the opportunity to duet with Will on his songs, "Last Day at the Beach" and "Processional", as well as play my tunes, "Where I Began" and "Turning Years".

Backstage at the Katharine Hepburn Theater with Will Ackerman 8/29/14.


This past week, I performed with Will again at a private house concert and benefit for Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ. This was a very intimate performance for twenty five donors and patrons.

Sound check at private house concert with Will Ackerman in Mahwah, NJ 9/10/2014.


Will and I are planning on doing some more duo/solo performing together in the near future, including a "Gathering Concert" at the Kate Theater which will include other artists from Will's newest release "The Gathering II".

Stay tuned for more info to follow...

Will Ackerman's ~ "The Gathering II" CD - June 25, 2014

I am very excited to announce that my song "Dark Blue Wind" from my album "Unlike the Stars" has been selected to be included on Will Ackerman's new compilation album "The Gathering II", which will feature twenty one artists, all produced by Will Ackerman.

The first Gathering album took home the ZMR awards for Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Album in 2012. I can't thank Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton enough for this incredible opportunity.

Facebook Music Page - June 5, 2014

Click "Like" on my Facebook Music Page. I post happenings and upcoming events on the page regularly.


Accent on Tampa Bay Magazine - May 29, 2014

"Unlike the Stars" is featured in the Music Trax section of the May issue of 'Accent on Tampa Bay Magazine'.

New Time Lapse Videos by Dave Kurtiak - May 28, 2014

My very good friend, Dave Kurtiak, has set my songs "Turning Years" and "Where I Began" to some beautiful time lapse footage. Check them out and share...

Steve Sheppard's Review - April 16, 2014

Here is a review of "Unlike the Stars" from One World Music's Steve Sheppard.

Bill Binkelman's Review - April 16, 2014

Here is the link to Bill Binkelman's review of "Unlike the Stars" for the Zone Music Reporter.

Zzaj Productions Review of "Unlike the Stars" - April 13, 2014

New review of "Unlike the Stars" from Zzaj Productions. Click the link and scroll down a bit...

Serge Kozlovsky's Review of "Unlike the Stars" - April 9, 2014

Here is a link to New Age Reviewer, Serge Kozlovsky's website. He has posted a review for my new album. Click the tab for reviews. Artist's are listed alphabetically.

ZMR Top 100 Radio Airplay Chart ~ February - March 29, 2014

"Unlike the Stars" is #4 on the ZMR Top 100 Chart for Radio Airplay for the month of February 2014! Big thank you to Ed and Stacey Bonk at Lazz Promotions for getting my record out there!

ZMR Review ~ Michael Diamond - March 24, 2014

Here is a review of my new album by Michael Diamond for the Zone Music Reporter.

One World Music Top 50 Albums ~ February 2014 - March 20, 2014

"Unlike the Stars" has entered the UK's One World Music Top 50 Albums Chart for the month of February at #46. OWM's hosts, Steve and Chrissie, will be doing an hour long show featuring my album that will include an interview with me to discuss the album's concept and creation. Stay tuned for more info.

Zone Music Reporter Top 100 - February 26, 2014

"Unlike the Stars" has entered the January Zone Music Reporter Top 100 Chart for New Age/Ambient/World Music at #75! The chart is based on world wide radio play. Not bad considering the album was not released until the end of January! Check back in February to see where it goes...

Jim Ellis' Review of "Unlike the Stars" - February 13, 2014

"Vin Downes has crafted a beautifully organic album with his latest offering, "Unlike The Stars". Every track is masterfully composed and resonates positively on its own -- sometimes introspective, sometimes outgoing, yet always articulately performed. This album is so very tasteful and musically refreshing that listeners will instantly recognize it as a 'new' classic." 

Jim Ellis
Astreaux World Radio / Promotions

iTunes and Amazon - February 11, 2014

Kathy Parsons ~ Review of "Unlike the Stars" - February 4, 2014

Here is a new review of "Unlike the Stars" by Kathy Parsons at

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