Nam’s masterly and characterful approach to percussive fingerstyle on acoustic guitar is awe-inspiring. It is something you have to see with your eyes to believe with your ears. Nam uses the entire body and capability of his guitar to create layered harmonies, melodies and at times, Nam plays his guitar as if it were a piano, which I learned was  his first instrument … reminded me of why I love music so much and is a performance I will never forget.
Sara Lambeth (Da Belly Magazine)

Sheltered Turtle | Percussive fingerstyle guitar acrobatics 
What makes for a memorable, meaningful live performance? Catering to the compassionate introvert in us all, Henry Nam, AKA “Sheltered Turtle” combines a dazzlingly exuberant display of musical acrobatics with humorously intimate storytelling that has and continues to wow, warm, and educate audiences internationally.

Stage Name: Sheltered Turtle
Contact Name: Henry Nam
Contact E-mail: 
henry@shelteredturtle.com
Phone: (240) 506-8247

Genre:
 Acoustic/Folk/Contemporary Fingerstyle
Location: Washington DC
Distribution: Self Distributed
Performing Right Organization: ASCAP

Official Website:
 http://www.shelteredturtle.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shelteredturtlemuic
Twitter: @shelteredturtle
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/shelteredturtlemusic
Instagram: @shelteredturtle

Sheltered Turtle’s music takes the full exploration of the guitar to the max. He has a great sense of warm chords and ties them in beautifully with his techniques and arrangements. Be sure to stop and take in a good, thorough listen!

Trevor Gordon Hall (CandyRat Records)

Real nice grooves using the techniques so expressively to create the colors and melodic motifs. Beautifully recorded as well.

Woody Mann, guitar legend

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I think everyone … myself included, can learn something from Henry Nam about playing passionately and without inhibition.

Brian Ganz (Peabody Conservatory)

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It took me almost two weeks to pry ‘Meridian Eclipse’ out of my car’s CD player- it was all I listened to! … got a great groove … and cool tunes to boot. This “old school” fingerpicker marvels a bit.
Jim Earp, fingerstyle guitarist

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Sheltered Turtle | Percussive fingerstyle guitar acrobatics

 

What makes for a memorable, meaningful live performance? Catering to the compassionate introvert in us all, Henry Nam, AKA “Sheltered Turtle” combines a dazzlingly exuberant display of musical acrobatics with humorously intimate storytelling that has and continues to wow, warm, and educate audiences internationally.

 

“Nam’s masterly and characterful approach to percussive fingerstyle on acoustic guitar is awe-inspiring. It is something you have to see with your eyes to believe with your ears. Nam uses the entire body and capability of his guitar to create layered harmonies, melodies and at times, Nam plays his guitar as if it were a piano, which I learned was his first instrument … reminded me of why I love music so much and is a performance I will never forget.” — Sara Lambeth, Da Belly Magazine

 

Sheltered Turtle is a percussive fingerstyle acoustic guitar solo act following in the footsteps of Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke, Don Ross, and Preston Reed. Born on a US military base in the Republic of Korea, raised in San Francisco, Germany, Maryland, and Philadelphia and currently based in Washington DC, musician and autodidact Henry Nam (AKA Sheltered Turtle) is the product of an international, multicultural upbringing that manifests not only in his diverse musical styling but also in his attitudes about the role of the arts as a universal language able to help people of all backgrounds build meaningful connection and communicate constructively.

 

Sheltered Turtle has released two BandCamp Best-Selling Acoustic Albums and is currently working on a third full-length solo album. Newly-inspired and invigorated following the birth of his newborn daughter, Nam is currently booking performances for Fall of 2016.

Nam has toured internationally and performed for audiences at such high-profile events as TEDx, the Kennedy Center, the NAMM, and the Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards. His abilities and accomplishments have earned him sponsorships from Stonebridge Guitars, Voyage Air Guitars, Gator Cases, John Pearse Strings, MiniFlex Mics, The Engle Guitar Hammer, G7th Capos, Sunburst Gear, Journey Instruments, and Roc-N-Soc as well as partnerships Tycoon Percussion and Anatolian Cymbals. He has shared the stage with diverse group of musicians as Matt McAndrew, Sarah Donner, The Spinners (AKA Detroit Spinners or Motown Spinners), The Whispers (Vocal Group Hall of Fame, Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Pioneer Award), Andy Roberts (Pink Floyd), Woody Mann, R. Carlos Nakai (Library of Congress cultural heritage inductee), Brian Ganz (Peabody Conservatory), Steve Rushingwind (multi-award winning Native American flutist), Barry Louis Polisar (Grammy & Emmy Award winning songwriter & author), Trevor Gordon Hall, Nelson Rios (Santana, Gloria Estefan & the Miami Sound Machine, touring percussionist), Thomas Gibson (Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes), William Reed (Edwin Starr), and many more.

 

“Sheltered Turtle’s music takes the full exploration of the guitar to the max. He has a great sense of warm chords and ties them in beautifully with his techniques and arrangements. Be sure to stop and take in a good, thorough listen!” – Trevor Gordon Hall (CandyRat Records)

STAGE PLOT

2x Acoustic Guitars
1x Vocal Microphone
1x Preamp (functions as direct box for both guitars)

WORKS

Discography:
Meridian Eclipse (2014) by Sheltered Turtle
Runaway Sketchbook (2013) by Sheltered Turtle
EP I: Curean (2011) by Sheltered Turtle

Other Solo Work:
Quantity Over Quality (2013) by Watch Me Butcher
EP III: The Stupid Album (2011) by Southpaw Synapse
Live at the Fire (2011) by Southpaw Synapse

Soundtracks:
Philly is Ugly (2013) by Endy Photography

Studio Work
Prey for Culture (2013) by Francis Coates III
“Let It Shine” (2012) by Greg Derby
On So Thin A Line (2012) by The Way Home

One heck of a guitarist!

Jeff Cohen (CEO, Voyage-Air Guitar)

Contact Henry now to inquire about:

* Featured performances
* House concerts
* Workshops
* Music for your wedding, celebration, or event
* Using his music for your project
* Composed music for your project
* Private lessons (online & in-person available)

Booking & Inquiries Contact Form

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HENRY NAM IS SPONSORED BY:

I’ve never seen a venue go so silent and listen so intently to a performer as they did for Henry Nam, Sheltered Turtle.

Chris Holt (Shovelhook, Real Fear)

PREVIOUS VENUES

TV/RADIO/PRESS
Hometown Heroes (93.7 WSTW)
Your Local Note
Good Day Philadelphia
DaBelly Magazine
RadioBuzzD

FESTIVALS
Bottom County Festival (St. Mary’s City, MD)
Canadian Guitar Festival (Kingston, ON)
Cape May Singer-Songwriter Conference (Cape May, NJ)
Celebration of Play (Philadelphia, PA)
Chesapeake Orchestra Concert Series (Ridge, MD)
Chesapeake Writer’s Conference (St. Mary’s City, MD)
Curtis Arboretum Summer Concert Series (Wyncote, PA)
Eagleville Park Independence Day Festival (Eagleville, PA)
Elephants for Autism Festival (Atlantic City, NJ)
Fall Fest (Philadelphia, PA)
Grounds for Music (Coatesville, PA)
Holiday Market Festival (Washington DC)
Honey Fest (Wagontown, PA)
International Festival of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA)
Italian Market Festival (Philadelphia, PA)
Meditation Maryland (Baltimore, MD)
Millennium Music Conference (Harrisburg, PA)
Springettsbury Park Summer Concert Series (York, PA)
Winter NAMM (Anaheim, CA)
National Cherry Blossom Festival (Washington DC)
National Oyster Festival (Leonardtown, MD)
Native Rhythms Festival (Melbourne, FL)
Oktoberfest (Ambler, PA)
Remembering Robert Memorial (Rockville, MD)
Riverfront Ramble (Chester, PA)
Takoma Park Folk Festival (Takoma Park, MD)
West Goshen Summer Concert Series (West Chester, PA)
Wilmo Rock Circus (Wilmington, DE)

DELAWARE
Chris White Gallery (Wilmington, DE)
Mojo 13 (Wilmington, DE)
Mojo Main (Newark, DE)
Waterfalls Ballroom (Claymont, DE)
World Cafe Live @ The Queen (Wilmington, DE)

RHODE ISLAND
Local 121 (Providence, RI)

CONNECTICUT
Two Boots (Bridgeport, CT)

MASSACHUSETTS
Digital Bear Studios (Boston, MA)

CALIFORNIA
Anaheim Convention Center (Anaheim, CA)

MARYLAND
American Visionary Art Museum (Baltimore, MD)
Boatman’s Bar (Hollywood, MD)
Bollywood Lounge (California, MD)
Chef’s American Bistro (California, MD)
Country Store (Leonardtown, MD)
Fatboy’s (Leonardtown, MD)
Glenview Mansion Conservatory (Rockville, MD)
Growler’s (Gaithersburg, MD)
James P. Muldoon River Center (St. Mary’s City, MD)
Joe Squared (Baltimore, MD)
Mayorga Coffee Factory (Silver Spring, MD)
Old Bowie Town Grille (Bowie, MD)
Phoenix Eporium (Ellicott City, MD)
Second Chance Saloon (Columbia, MD)
St. Mary’s College of Maryland (St. Mary’s City, MD)
Strathmore Mansion (Bethesda, MD)
Thomas S. Wootton High School (Rockville, MD)
University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD)
University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (Queen Anne, MD)
Visionary Art Museum (Rockville, MD)

WASHINGTOM DC
Axum’s Lounge (Washington DC)
Hard Rock Cafe (Washington DC)
Jefferson Memorial (Washington DC)
Kennedy Center (Washington DC)
National Portrait Gallery (Washington DC)
Twins Jazz (Washington DC)
Velvet Lounge (Washington DC)

NEW YORK
Abilene Bar & Lounge (Rochester, NY)
Boulder Coffee (Rochester, NY)
Lot 10 (Ithaca, NY)
Monty’s Krown (Rochester, NY)
Nines (Ithaca, NY)
Olive’s (Nyack, NY)
Sheraton at University Hill (Syracuse, NY)
Sidewalk Cafe (New York City, NY)
Skylark Lounge (Rochester, NY)

NEW JERSEY
8th Street Music (Pennsauken Township, NJ)
Arts Council of Princeton (Princeton, NJ)
Boneyard (Atlantic City, NJ)
Howler’s Coyote Cafe (Rahway, NJ)
Le Grand Fromage (Atlantic City, NJ)
Marq’s Pub (Cape May, NJ)

PENNSYLVANIA
34 East Tavern (Ambler, PA)
Ambler Music (Ambler, PA)
American Bar & Grille (Exton, PA)
Appalachian Brew Company (Collegeville, PA)
Arthur’s (Exton, PA)
Attic Lounge (Sadsburyville, PA)
Ballroom at the Phoenix (Upper Chichester, PA)
Black Walnut Tasting Room (Phoenixville, PA)
Burlap & Bean (Newtown Square, PA)
Chaplin’s (Spring City, PA)
Coffee Beanery (Media, PA)
Coffee Quarter (Media, PA)
Coliseum (Camp Hill, PA)
Commerce Square (Philadelphia, PA)
Community Youth Center (Chester, PA)
Connie’s Ric Rac (Philadelphia, PA)
Council Rock Auditorium (Newtown, PA)
Curtis Hall Arboretum (Wyncote, PA)
Dirty Jerzee’s (Lansdale, PA)
Earth Reservior (Wagontown, PA)
Epicurean Bar & Grille (Phoenixville, PA)
Fire (Philadelphia, PA)
Fleisher Art Memorial (Philadelphia, PA)
French Quarter Bistro (Royersford, PA)
Good Day Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
Grand Ballroom @ the Mariott (Philadelphia, PA)
Grayston Mansion (Coatesville, PA)
Growler’s Coyote Cafe (Pittsburg, PA)
Hard Rock Cafe (Philadelphia, PA)
Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center (Harrisburg, PA)
Holiday Inn (Glen Mills, PA)
Inn at Chester Springs (Exton, PA)
J. Leon Hagerty Amphitheater (West Goshen, PA)
KC’s Alley (Ambler, PA) K
immel Center (Philadelphia, PA)
Legendary Dobbs (Philadelphia, PA)
Lickety Split (Philadelphia, PA)
Milkboy (Philadelphia, PA)
Milkboy Coffee (Ardmore, PA)
MoMo’s BBQ (Harrisburg, PA)
North Star Bar (Philadelphia, PA)
Paradise Farm Camps (Downingtown, PA)
Pickering Creek Inn (Phoenixville, PA)
Pterodacyl (Philadelphia, PA)
Rock Bottom Brewery (King of Prussia)
Rose Tree Park (Media, PA)
Springettsbury Amphitheater (York, PA)
Steel City Coffee House (Phoenixville, PA)
Thunderbird Cafe (Pittsburgh, PA)
Tin Angel (Philadelphia, PA)
Triumph Brewing Company (Philadelphia, PA)
Victory Brewing Co. (Downingtown, PA)
Wagonton Fire Company (Wagontown, PA)
Wagsworth Manor (Malvern, PA)
Washington Memorial Chapel (Valley Forge, PA)
Wellington Square Book Shop (Exton, PA)
Weso’s (Exton, PA)
Woolly Mammoth (Philadelphia, PA)
Wyndam Gardens (Exton, PA)

TESTIMONIALS

It’s incredible what he can do!

Barry-Lou Polisar (2-time Grammy Award-winning artist)

Sick! Technique is solid; I hear some Antoine Dufour influence in there!

Calum Graham (CandyRat Records)

Amazing guitar playing.
Jacopo De Nicola (The Late Saints)