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Craig Young hails from the southwest coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. He’s been playing the guitar since the age of seven, and started playing in his first band around the age of 13, or so. Moving to Alberta in 1993 allowed Young to play lead guitar with several prominent local artists on the club scene. “The clubs are where I developed my playing,” states Craig. “Being in a four-piece band, where I was the only soloist, I had to cover everything from guitar to pedal steel guitar to fiddle. ... You just had to learn how to think on your feet.” By the year 2000, Craig was performing with a lot of Canadian recording acts like Jason McCoy, Patricia Conroy, Rick Tippee, Lyndia Scott, Eli Barsi, Gord Bamford, George Canyon, Ken McCoy, Duane Steele, Kenny Hess and Carolyn Dawn Johnson. After an audition, and a move to Nashville, Tenn., Craig joined the Terri Clark band for nearly eight years. Craig has won four CCMA awards for The Canadian Country Music Association All Star Band in the Guitarist category. His latest album, titled “Back Home,” won the 2011 MusicNL Country Album/Artist of the year, and the title track was also released on the 12th HomeBrew Compilation disc. Craig now lives and performs in the St. John’s area, and teaches at a school in New Wave Music in Paradise. Click here to listen to "If I had Wings"

Organizations: Canadian Country Music Association All Star Band

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta, Nashville, Tenn. Paradise

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  • Phil Smith
    February 14, 2012 - 08:00

    Hi, I'm the "Dad" from the family band "Scalliwag". We play a variety of Irish-NL, bluegrass and gospel music. Craig has been teaching guitar, mandolin and dobro to our individual band members for years and well as holding monthly group teaching sessions with the whole band. His knowledge, experience and teaching style is second to none. We love him and owe him a lot.

  • Big fan of Craig
    February 10, 2012 - 16:37

    Craig plays most Thursdays at the Fat Cat and he is awesome! If you like great guitar pickin' you should see him live.

  • Sandra
    February 10, 2012 - 11:39

    Craig has been teaching my children guitar for 3 years now at New Wave Music and he is truly amazing ...the boys love him! His support and encouragement is like no other. Thanks Craig, for all that you do and congratulations on your many accomplishments!!!!