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Billy McLaughlin - Saturday January 26th


The Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society

Presents in Concert and Guitar Workshop

Billy McLaughlin

Saturday January 26th 8pm - Doors @ 7:30

Trinity House Theatre

Tickets $20 -- $17 for Trinity House Theatre Members -

- $10 for Guitar Workshop Attendees


38840 Six Mile just west of I-275 in Livonia,

Phone:(734) 464-6302 

Tickets available online @

 A serious professional in his teens, McLaughlin left his home and rock band in Minneapolis for the University of Southern California guitar department where he became interested in minimalist composers Phillip Glass and Steve Reich. Employing what would become his signature style of placing both hands on the fretboard, McLaughlin began composing for his first release using a technique of 'hammer-ons" and 'pull-offs" that create a harp-like effect on the acoustic guitar. This unusual approach led Billy to extensive national touring earning multiple NACA Campus Entertainer awards. In 1995 McLaughlin signed a multi-album international contract with Virgin Records label Narada whose first release, Fingerdance, peaked at #7 on the Billboard charts. Hundreds of shows a year and another release deep into the contract with Narada, he began struggling with his hands – something felt 'off" and it was getting worse.

For two years he struggled with a mysterious and unrelenting condition of unexplainable muscle spasms and contractions. Shockingly as symptoms grew worse he could no longer perform most of his own repertoire. In 2001, Billy was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder called focal dystonia. The diagnosis was confirmed at the Mayo Clinic.................

Billy will be hosting  a 2 hr, hands on,Guitar Workshop from 3pm – 5pm the same day as the show. Workshop cost is $40. Concert tickets are discounted  $10 for workshop attendees.  These workshops are for guitarists of all levels.  After the workshop you may pick your seat for the show and there are lots of great restaurants in the area to fill in the time between the workshop and the show.  Plus you get the best seat in the house for the concert!  Call 248-646-4030 to reserve a spot at the workshop or for other info.

            Also appearing soon

Friday January 18th  Fingerstyle guitarist Elden Kelly performs at the Ten Pound Fiddle Solo show. Elden Kelly--voice, string instruments. Special guests Dave Sharp--Bass; Carolyn Koebel--Percussion.
Box office opens at 7; Doors open at 7:30; Show at 8. Tickets: $15 public; $12 Fiddle members; $5 students. Tickets available on line at after Sept. 1, 2012, or at the door. (more) Unitarian Universalist Church (855 Grove Street East Lansing, MI)

Saturday January 19th  Two Time Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Don Ross and Brooke Miller appear in Windsor.  Both Brooke and Don had CD’s in 2012 that were named best in 2012 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, for more info click here  ..!/events/179965372145846/?fref=ts


Friday January 25th our own JB Davies will be performing at the Blue Note Café in Pontiac. 7 N Saginaw St, Pontiac, MI 48342 , (248) 648-1350

The Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society is a 501 (3) (c) non-profit organization. Originating in 2001, MFGS  is an all volunteer non-profit society promoting the appreciation of  Fingerstyle and Other Acoustic Guitar Music through concerts, workshops and goodwill.

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

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