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Tim Sparks & Michael Young Concert & Workshop

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On Saturday, October 13th, Tim Sparks and Michael Young will perform at7:30 p.m. with doors opening at:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church which is located at 22331 Woodward Avenue in Ferndale 3 blocks south of 9 mile on West side of Woodward. Tickets are available at the door for $15, Seniors/Students $10 or can be purchased online at http://spaces.fingerstyle.org/.

In addition on Saturday afternoon Tim and Michael will be conducting a hands-on workshop from 3:00pm (sharp) Ė 5:00pm. Space is limited, advanced reservation is required. The Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society presents its workshop series in a non-competitive environment and welcomes guitarists of all skill levels.Students can register or request information by contacting the MFGS office at 248-646-4030. Cost is $40.

TIM SPARKS' long journey to the 1993 National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship, and beyond, began modestly in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, when he started picking out tunes by ear on an old Stella flat top. He was given his first guitar when a bout of encephalitis kept him out of school for a year, and the music he heard around him was traditional country blues and the gospel his grandmother played on piano in a small church in the Blue Ridge mountains; so that's what he taught himself to play.

"You can hear Tim Sparks think. He plays by choice not habit: ideas not licks. I'm Tim Sparks' biggest fan. His stuff is very difficult to play but it doesn't sound difficult. I think that's real musicianship. He's really one of the best musicians I know." - Leo Kottke

MICHAEL YOUNG is, well, young. This Minneapolis fingerstyle guitarist who plays both the six and twelve-string guitar with driving rhythm and groove is in his early twenties, but donít let that fool you. There is an old soul behind his innovative and technically proficient fretwork, and Michael carries his bouncy and energetic groove from powerful and compelling compositions to soulful ballads. Moving from daunting and alarming to lighthearted and idiosyncratic instrumentals, Michael takes advantage of the guitar's possibilities by combining standard and alternate tunings with a mix of slide guitar into his playing. He has impressed audiences all over the country including appearances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the legendary CBGB 313 Gallery in New York City, and the illustrious Knitting Factory also in New York City.

"Michael's dexterity, depth and tone will fool you into thinking you're hearing an entire string section instead of just one dude with a 12 string. He channels real emotion and range in his songs, evoking dozens of moods and sounds out of his instrument."  Jeff Reeves, Arizona Daily Sun



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