Chugging Along After 35 years at Woodpecker Multimedia!
This Web site is created and maintained by Woodpecker Multimedia, and its
focus is the music and life of a Modern Minstrel, educator, singer-songwriter & acoustic
multi-instrumentalist Harvey Reid. It contains a great deal of information
about him-- discography, liner notes, his music, his writings, newsletters, guitar tunings, lyrics, interviews, instruments
& gear- even some recordings he likes. In an entertainment world dominated by
huge multi-national corporations, where page space, air-time and ink have been carefully
rationed and controlled, we are pleased to share with you the life and work of an interesting
and productive musician, without having to condense, edit and worry about the
cost of printing and mailing.
Reid has produced over 32 recordings and played nearly 6000 concerts in his 40+ year
career. He has chosen to not participate in the music industry, lives in a small
town in Maine, and has never signed to a record label. Due to the centralized
nature of the music business, he has never received widespread publicity and
A message from Harvey Reid: "Woodpecker Multimedia is a small, artist-owned acoustic-music
record label, and the Internet is a vital part in our plan to continue to bring
you handcrafted music direct from me to you. We have kept a mailing list for
over 35 years, and have never sold or traded our customer information with anyone.
We absolutely do not secretly gather any information about you during your
visit to our web site, or compromise any information we might obtain in dealing
with you over the Internet, and your customer information will only be used
by us to give you better service. If you buy a recording from us, your name
will go into our mailing list, which means that I will send you a newsletter
about once a year, and an occasional email when Joyce Andersen or I might be performing in
your area. That's about it. We are now doing e-mailings to save postage and
printing costs, and encourage you to join our
e-mailing list to be informed of new recordings and concerts in your area.
Internet security is a big new issue. The big companies or
hackers may do sleazy things with your information, but I will
offer my personal assurance that nothing of the sort will happen
when you deal with us. You have a lot more to fear when your credit
card is used at a restaurant than you do ordering by e-mail from
me. Information security is worth worrying about, and I will promise
you that you don't have to worry about Woodpecker Multimedia abusing
Thank you for your support, for listening to my recordings,
and helping me continue to survive as an independent artist."
What's new here?
Harvey Reid has been working since 2009 on a monumental project to organize and disseminate a huge amount of information about how to use partial capos on guitar, which he has pioneered and likely knows more about than anyone. This will ultimately result in nearly 1000 pages of content, straddling dozens of books and recordings. During that tine he has also been raising two young boys, and his concert schedule, email or Facebook time are only a fraction of what they once were or might have been. Once he releases his new projects, there will be more spare time to tinker with web sites and chat with everyone, and add the new content here on the web site. Many of the books are now done.
- Custom CD's. Finally
get to hear some of the out-of-print music from Harvey's first 2 LP's, plus
some unreleased live cuts, alternate takes and out-takes. A number (currently
69 songs) of these were made available in late February 2002 for order on
the web site on a song-by-song basis. There will likely be more songs added
as we find them.
- The Woodpecker Download Page,
where you can access photos, documents, sheet music and sound.
- Photos of Harvey Reid for downloading,
in case you are are a journalist or promoter who needs something better than
internet quality. There are JPEG, Mac and PC TIFF files, and PDF format. (Many
of them are several meg in size and bigger, so be careful.)
- MP3 music files. 12 songs from Harvey's
CD's in 2 levels of quality. Download some of Harvey's music, though hundreds of tracks are available on iTunes, CDBaby and other digital music providers.
- The Musichound Folk Book has come out, and appears to be a complete
reference source about folk music, and it includes a paragraph of information
about Harvey, much of which is completely incorrect, including his year of
birth, which was off by 3 years, and discography, which does not mention his
last 5 recordings.The catalog information and address are many years out-of-date.
Don't believe everything you read, no matter how authoritative it looks.
We are running some Internet Specials,
which includes discounted regular items, plus discontinued, rare and collectibles
from the warehouse.It's easier for us when you order over the internet, so
we are offering some incentives.
Enjoy your visit here, and let us know if you have comments
or questions, and we will do our best to answer you. If you would
like to join our mailing list
(for e-mail or postal mail), send us your address, and
you will get a postcard when Harvey performs in your area, and
a once-a-year newsletter in the Fall. We do not share names
or data with other mailing lists, and will not do secret tracking,
abuse or misuse your information.