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Don Ross Concert and Workshop

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Saturday, April 21st
Doors open at 6:30 pm, Show at 7:30 pm
First United Methodist Church
22331 Woodward Avenue
Ferndale, MI 22331
1-248-646-4030

On Saturday, April 21st, Don Ross performs at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 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 www.fingerstyle.org. Everyone is encouraged to purchase advance tickets due to the large turnout of Don's performance for the MFGS.

On Saturday afternoon, April 21st, before the concert Don will be conducting a hands-on workshop from 3:00pm (sharp) – 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.

One of today's true innovators of guitar composition and technique, Don Ross has emerged as one of the most respected musicians in Canada and one of the top guitarists in the world. In September 1996, he managed to do what no other player has done: win the prestigious U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship for the second time (he first won in 1988). The competition, held yearly in Winfield, Kansas, cannot be won only with immaculate technique, but the player's music must also display a high degree of emotion and intensity — hallmarks of Don's style.

The son of a Scottish immigrant father and a Mikm’aq aboriginal mother, Don was born in 1960 into a musical family.  He first started experimenting with the solo possibilities of the acoustic guitar at the age of eight. By age ten he was playing in alternate tunings and exploring “Fingerstyle” technique, a right hand discipline similar to classical guitar playing.  Preferring to write original music and develop a personal style, Don’s self-taught journey on the instrument has encouraged him to follow his musical intuition.  The result is an unclassifiable musical style that borrows from jazz, folk, rock and classical music.  When asked, Don usually pigeonholes his music as “heavy wood”.   Don graduated from the Music Department of Toronto’s York University in 1983, but waited until 1986 to start pursuing a career as a performer.  After his first win at Winfield, Don was asked to sign with Duke Street Records.  He recorded three CDs for Duke Street over the course of the next four years, Bearing Straight, Don Ross and Three Hands.  The CDs met with unanimous critical acclaim and numerous tours across Canada and the U.S.  Don even played at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Don continues to do extensive touring in Europe, Canada, the United States and Asia's Pacific Rim. When he's not on the road, he lives a quiet life with his two daughters in a small village in southern Ontario, Canada.

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