Hilary Stagg was introduced to me indirectly by Alf-Ji Ericksen, a former co-worker of mine on the monthly soap opera Between Worlds. I thought it was Andreas Vollenweider when I realized I had already bought the new Vollenweider CD.
Stagg had it going on with a gentle, melodic style that could easily stop a bear in its tracks. A native of Northern California, Stagg worked as a commercial driver on Alaskan oil rigs and then as an electrician in the Bay Area. Andreas Vollenweider must have inspired both of us but he took it to a whole different level.