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Fingerstyle Happenings

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Fingerstyle Occurrences:
Jere's Picks. . .
Greetings Guitarheads.
Just a little communiqué regarding members of the MFGS, their friends, and their guitar adventures.

Had a chance to drop by the Woman's Club of Royal Oak (just west of downtown) to listen to 3 fine guitar-players APRIL 22nd.  It was an EARTH DAY SERVICE & FUNDRAISER FOR ROYAL OAK ANIMAL SHELTER.  New board member Craig Porter opened the show with some lively ragtime  guitar.  He performed Hesitation Blues, Barnyard Dance and a whole slew of crowd-pleasers.  He sang on most of the tunes and played a little mandolin (the big one is called octave) and delighted the listeners in general.
Next up was Mark Hawks (one the MFGS founders).  There is no better member of our society (that I am aware of) who is so perfect a living breathing advertisement for our concert season. . .  He plays the music of almost EVERYONE we bring to town.  He had the crowd slack-jawed as he performed pieces by Laurence Juber, Al Petteway, Alex de Grassi, Preston Reed & other notable fingerstyle artists – Plus a Beatles song which I believe was an Ed Gerhard arrangement.  Finally, our evening closer was professional guitarist and educator Nick Schillace.  He plays guitar in a number of projects: Great Lake Trawler, Indoor Park and O Death, but on this night we enjoyed his solo repertoire.  Nick counts John Fahey as a prime influence and it shows in his very American frontier "Let's see where the river takes us" sensibility.  He is a lot of fun to listen to, and I appreciated the nod to the great Brazilian guitarist Bola Sete.  Check his website, nickschillace.com or at http://www.myspace.com/nickschillace
and buy his CD called BOX CANYON.

On Saturday April 29th several members congregated at founder JB Davies residence to tryout some new Sheldon Schwartz guitars first hand.  Schwartz is a luthier based in Ontario Canada and several of our  membership have had guitars custom-built by this highly skilled artisan.  He had 2 nearly identical guitars rich in abalone inlay. One of Koa wood, and another of East Indian Rosewood, with both soundbounds of Master-Grade Sitka Spruce.  It was a sonic treat to hear so many different guitarists do their "things" in an astonishing array of styles. Check out his website: http://www.schwartzguitars.com/oracle.htm
If this kind fun sounds like well, kind of fun . . .  Join our society and you'll see that it is!

Picking parties:  Over the years we have hosted guitar circles we like to call Picking Parties.  The last couple have been at the Ferndale Coffee Beanery. It is a fine forum for those of us who like to play for an audience.  However, we do have some Picking Parties in the homes of our members although none are scheduled at this time . . . bringing me to the next point:  Think about hosting one.  Just takes 2 or 3 hours. Nothing fancy required.  You name the place and the appointed hour.  It's pretty low maintenance because the guitarist are really there to play, not to sample finger food.  (Or we'd be the Michigan Finger-Food Guitar Society). And finally, another reminder to check out one of the premier guitar instrumentalists around: Ed Gerhard.  I missed him last time, but I won't miss him this time:

Saturday May 6 at the First United Methodist Church
22331 Woodward Avenue
Ferndale, MI 48220
Doors at 6:30 Showtime at 7:30
Tickets $15, Seniors and Children $10
Plus Ed will be holding a workshop Sunday May 7th
Space is limited and by reservation only.
And finally, please check out our newsletter page on the website:
http://spaces.fingerstyle.org/apps/newsletter.asp

And triple finally, I will be playing some sample of this kind of
fingerstyle guitar music on the radio Tuesday early evening from 5 to
7pm on WXOU FM 88.3.
It is really easy to stream on your computer at www.wxou.org
I will play liberal doses of grammy-winning Ed Gerhard in anticipation
of his concert THIS SATURDAY.
See you there, Jere out
If you have any questions please send an email to
mark.hawks@fingerstyle.org or jeb@fingerstyle.org .


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