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Dear Friends of MFGS

First we would like to again thank our Spring Concert Series performers, Germany's Peter Finger,  Italy's Stefano Barone, Sergio Altamura and Pino Forastiere (Guitar Republic) & Lawernce Juber who was originally from England and now resides in California.  These were fabulous guitarists and we were fortunate to have them perform for us at the First United Methodist Church in Ferndale and at MAMA's Coffeehouse in Birmingham.                                                               

Also a thanks to Bert Lams of California Guitar Trio & Tom Griesgraber who graced the stage at the Barn in Rochester Hills along with local stick player, Glenn Poorman

We are extremely disappointed that Andy McKee's July 17th concert @ Callahan's was cancelled. We were looking forward to his performance and his workshop as many of you were. It's not often that we have the opportunity to host such a popular guitarist.  As a non-profit, volunteer driven society created to promote the art of Fingerstyle Guitar we try to follow our mission statement and circumstances would not allow this concert to occur.  We look forward to Andy's October concert at the Ark and will let you know the details of that concert as they emerge. 

It is summertime and we generally do not host concerts but other folks do!  Let's start out with the Canadian Guitar Festival 2010   this is one of the premier guitar competitions/festivals in all of North America if not the whole world.  Here is some information on the Festival.

2010 Canadian Guitar Festival and Fingerstyle Guitar Competition  July 30th - Aug 02, 2010 (Kingston, Ontario: 2hrs from Toronto)

This is THE EVENT to be at this summer for Guitar Fans. Reserve your tickets to the festival and a camping pass if you plan to camp at the Loughborough Lake Holiday Park. Camp, Swim, and Jam with us... See you at the festival
2010 Confirmed Performers - Don Ross, Michael Manring, Tony McManus, Antoine Dufour, Jimmy Wahlsteen, Gareth Pearson, Craig D'Andrea, Vicki Genfan, Kelly Valleau, Andrew White, David Barrett, Ray Montford, Denny Snyder, Ewan Dobson, Matthew Woodward, Holmes Hooke.    Can you say   Buy Tickets and Camping Passes Here

If anyone is driving there and looking for someone to share driving expenses please contact us and we would be glad to share your email/phone information with other attendees.  Email with the subject Canadian Guitar Festival.

Then there is the most famous and our home grown Interlochen Guitar Festival & Workshop from August 26-28, 2010.   Here are some of the famous guitarists to attend Interlochen either as students or teachers,  Michael Hedges, Alex DeGrassi, Laurence Juber, Andrew York, Bill Frisell, Pierre Bensusan, Badi Assad etc.

Here are the performers and instructors for this year's festival ,  Adam del Monte, Brad DeRoche, Brian Morris, Brian Roberts, Bruce Dunlap, Bryan Galloup, Dan Kelchak, Francois Carew, John DeFaria, John A. Sunsch, Matt Brewer, Matthew Palmer, Nich Palmer, Nich Halley, Michael Chapdelaine, Nonato Luiz, Pat Bergenson, Phil Keaggy and Richard Cobo.

And then there is the locally famous MFGS Picking Parties.  We will let you know when our next one is set up.  Our most recent one at Shelest Music Studio in Saint Clair Shores was a success with about 12 folks showing up.  Thanks Gordy, nice shop and we hope to come back there again. 

Here is a sneak preview of our Fall Concert Series.

We are so close to nailing this down that we can actually announce that the  The California Guitar Trio (CGT) on September 12th @ Callahan's will perform in concert and sponsor a guitar workshop.  This is a big deal for MFGS.  A first with CGT and a first at Callahan's.  Perhaps it came out of our recent concert at the Barn in Rochester Hills where Bert Lams performed with Tom Griesgraber.  Perhaps the stars were in line. Whatever it is, we don't care.  California Guitar Trio will be performing Sunday September 12th @ Callahan's in Auburn Hills.  Details to follow soon.

Preston Reed, September 25th @ the First United Methodist Church in Ferndale, Concert & Guitar Workshop  What else do we have to say? Preston has actually performed here twice and we were very lucky to book him for a third time.  Michael Hedges called him "Inspiring'. Al DiMeola called him 'Phenomenal'/  He was THE major influence in Andy McKee's career. 

Stephen Bennett & Tony McManus  on November 20th @ the First United Methodist Church in Ferndale , Concert & Guitar Workshop Wow!   What a way to top off the Fall series but to have the 1987 winner of the Winfield Guitar Festival and inspiration to almost every guitarist out there AND  the Best Celtic Guitarist in the World  (John Renbourn' quote) in the same show.  This will be a fantastic concert. 

MFGS Friends to stay in touch with over the summer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Classical Guitar Society of Michigan -                                           

The Ann Arbor Clasical Guitar Society -                                                       

Pam Rossi of WCSX and Overeasy                                                            

Paul Murphy of Bluefish Guitars 

Gary Zimnicki of Zimnicki Guitars                                                                          

JB Davies      

Ann Delisi on WDET with Essential Music,                                                         

Rob Reinhart of WDET with Acoustic Cafe & Essential Music,

The Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society is a 501 (3) (c) non-profit organization


JB Davies - Rick Haden - Mark Hawks - Jeb McIntyre - Dave Pierson - Ron Stavale



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