Antoine Dufour (born 1979, in L’Épiphanie, Quebec) is a French-Canadian acoustic guitarist currently signed to CandyRat Records.
Dufour started playing guitar at the age of fifteen. He went on to study at the CEGEP in Joliette, where he listened to the music of Leo Kottke, Don Ross, and Michael Hedges at the behest of his teacher. Since then, he has gone on to place second at the 2005 Canadian Guitar Festival’s Fingerstyle Guitar Championship and first place in the 2006 competition. He also placed third at the 2006 International Finger Style Guitar Championship in Winfield, Kansas (Doug Smith was the first-place winner while Don Alder took 2nd place).
Dufour has released five solo albums to date: Naissance, Development, Existence, Convergences, and Sound Pictures. He has garnered a sizeable fanbase through YouTube with live performances of his songs cut in the same studio as fellow guitarist Andy McKee, amongst other CandyRat performers. His most popular video is a cover of “Jerry’s Breakdown” performed with Tommy Gauthier, who is himself an expert fiddler, using a single guitar between the two. Dufour has also released a sixth album (Still Strings) with Tommy Gauthier.
One of my personal favorites is his “These Moments“.
If you’re a fan of Spotify, here’s a couple tunes to get you started:
- “Catching the Light”: https://open.spotify.com/track/4lxREghQDD7LaqBkvc1xth
- “Into Your Heart”: https://open.spotify.com/track/4UXcJzW5RgBFrIQlNgNAnv
Albums: View List
- Beauregard Guitars. Check on Beauregardguitars.com
- Duane Noble Harp Guitar. more info
- Ernie Ball Aluminium/bronze medium gauge strings. Check on Ernieball.com
- DiMarzio Black Angel pickups. Check price on Amazon.com
- DiMarzio Black Angel Piezo pickups. Check price on Amazon.com
- Eventide Space Reverb Stompbox. Check price on Amazon.com
- Spider Capos. Check price on Amazon.com
- Shubb Capos. Check price on Amazon.com
- Radial Tonebone PZ-Pre acoustic preamp. Check price on Amazon.com
- Primacoustic Sound Panels. Check price on Amazon.com