The Eclectic Orchestra

KinnearKreations Audio Productions

Eclectic Orchestra I Wonder CD
I Wonder World Wide Release


Love Will

Early instrumental demo version
Featuring all instruments by Gary Snipes

I Wonder is the debut album from singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gary Snipes.

Gary Snipes is a musician of immense talent and diversity. He has been touring and recording for many years, and has now fused offerings from an array of styles into one remarkably adventurous full-length CD, in which he is accompanied by a group of musicians with similarly open minds. Says Gary “I see the Eclectic Orchestra as a dynamically diverse ever-evolving musical entity bridging a variety of musical genres.”

I Wonder is an eclectic collection incorporating a variety of musical styles, yet Gary's innate sense of melody is maintained throughout. Producer Scott Kinnear utilizes strings, horns and light orchestration to compliment Gary's unique flat-pick style guitar playing.

The album showcases the songs that Gary has accumulated over the years. They address the many moods and experiences from throughout his life. "Music is a way of expressing moods for me and I enjoy writing melodies that express emotion” said Snipes. “Music has been my passion since early childhood, through most of my life I was making up melodies in my head, so basically I was daydreaming too much."

Gary's musical background includes some bizarre projects as well as touring with a variety of bands from blues to art rock & classical. He has arranged music for several Dinner Playhouse productions, a jazzy score for a made-for-TV movie about romance and heartbreak and the soundtrack for a narrated Halloween story about wizards. He has also contributed to a punk-rock compilation, a ballet production of The Little Mermaid and ambient pieces for The American Outreach program on positive living. He has even recently performed a blues concert at a prison. Variety, as they say, is most definitely the spice of Gary's life.

This incredible diversity is exemplified in I Wonder, so don't expect to settle into a groove listening to this album. It bounds from Circle of Life, where Gary plays eight different classic guitars to produce a mathematically precise, yet skewed take on blues and rock, to the title track I Wonder, a kind of “folk rap sonic document” in the life of Gary Snipes. Fat Tire is sheer adrenaline - a high speed acoustic guitar assault on a downhill journey over the single track path of mountain bike racing, while Colfax Avenue is a gritty urban hard rocker with appreciation for life on the street stating “so you think I'm slow well at least I'm free”. Like emotions, the songs on this album are subject to change without notice, so let go and let it take you where it will.

Scott Kinnear with
Gary Snipes & Shelton Smith

Download Audio:

Eclectic Orchestra - I Wonder Medley
From the Eclectic Orchestra CD release "I Wonder"
New Updated Clip
I Wonder Medley (192kbps mp3, 3MB)

Eclectic Orchestra -
What a Day, Unplugged and Naked, Guitar and Vocals only
Gary Snipes on Guitar with Vocals by Whitney Ohman
What a Day (320kbps mp3, 12.6MB)

Eclectic Orchestra - Love Will
Original Early Instrumental Demo
Love Will (192kbps mp3, 6.8MB)

Eclectic Orchestra - I Wonder
(The Ballad of Gary and Martha)
Folk Rap from the I Wonder CD
I Wonder (320kbps mp3, 8.0MB)

Eclectic Orchestra - I Wonder Medley
From the Eclectic Orchestra CD release "I Wonder"
Sound Clip #2 Extended Version
I Wonder Medley (320kbps mp3, 13MB)

Download Video:

It Don't Matter & Fat Tire
Gary Snipes live video from Festival in the Clouds
Live Video Performance (video download, 54.53MB)

Colfax Avenue
Eclectic Orchestra live video from Festival in the Clouds
Live Video Performance (video download, 14.3MB)


The I Wonder CD by the Eclectic Orchestra was featured on the Radio Gets Wild music program in Kings Lynn, Norfolk England on Super Bowl Sunday for music from across the big swamp.

Tragic news within the eclectic family. Long time Eclectic live performance band mate Erin Murphy, (Murph) has passed away. Murph was a key player in the early Eclectic Orchestra line-up. He was instrumental in the live sets which featured the original Gary Snipes compositions, Mushroom Mountain and Starship, as well as the cover songs Too Many Homeless by Pato Banton and Earache My Eye by Cheech and Chong performed live at the Mountain Music Festival in tutu's. He was also the driving force behind the drunken punk Christmas compilation. Murph's creative contributions will be missed dearly by all eclectic followers.