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MFGS Spring Concert Series



And on April 18th 

Peppino D'Agostino


by the readers of Guitar Player Magazine in




         &         (finally)                            

Our 3rd & Final Spring Concert on  on May 16th 

Featuring a remarkable gutarists and good friend to MFGS

Billy McLaughlin


Picking Party Reminder on Nov 23rd.



Please Join us for a "Picking Party"

on Sunday November 23, 2008

                             2:00 PM (sharp) - 5:00 PM    


                     Our Sponsor for this event is Paul Murphy (thanks Paul) & the folks at

Blue Fish Music

A guitar players paradise with great gear and great prices! 


        744 Starkweather St. - Plymouth, MI -  Ph: 734-927-0675

Located in Plymouth's Old Village near the corner of Liberty and Starkweather


check out their website for directions



We Want to Hear What Your Guitar has to say!


We offer an "Open Mic" format for guitarists of all skill levels in a noncompetitive and encouraging environment.  Entertain the group with one of your tunes or just come along and enjoy the music. 


Other Activities include:


- Discussion and Tips on creating a set list

- Product Demonstrations

- Socializing and Refreshments 

- Win a pair of tickets to one of our spring concerts

- Raffle of MFGS CDs made by members like you!

- Comments and suggestions for MFGS Board always welcome!   



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Thanks For Supporting MFGS & Last Concert of Season is on Nov. 15th


The Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society 

would  like to take a moment to

thank the following folks who have 

helped make this fall season successful.


-Thanks to Antoine Dufour and Craig D'Andrea for putting on a stunning display of guitar wizardry last Saturday night.  For those of you who missed the show you have to see them next time around. Until then check out Antoine’s ‘Existence’ and Craig’s ‘Crazy is Catching’ CDs on the Candyrat records site       


-Thanks to Ed Gerhard and his music from the heart on our first show of the season.  There aren't many who can play the guitar so soulfully as  Ed. There is always room for Ed here  @ MFGS


- Thanks to Pam Rossi of WCSX , 94.7. and her 'OverEasy' Sat am show.  Pam has always supported our society and the guitarists that we bring in by interviewing them and allowing them to play a few of their pieces on her show.  Tune in to her show to hear some great music that spans generations and genres.    


-Thanks to Paul Murphy of Bluefish Music who sponsored our first Picking Party in a year or so. Paul came in on a day off  (a Sunday none the less) to open up his store for friends of MFGS to discuss amplification techniques and for members to play a few tunes.  Check out his myriad of instruments @\ 


-Thanks to Gary Zimnicki who brought his gorgeous guitars to our show at the Players Guild of Dearborn and to a concert in February. Gary continues to create beautiful instruments ranging from mandolins and ukes to steel or classical string guitars and jazz boxes.  Gary was also the hero in February when Pino Forastiere came into town.  Pino opened his hard shell case only to find a 12 inch full thickness,  jaw dropping (literally!) crack  on the side of his guitar after flying in from Chicago. Duct tape got Pino through the concert but Gary did a spot on job, permanently repairing the crack so Pino could play his next gig.  Check out some of Gary's nice instruments  @                                         


-Thanks to all of you who come out to our shows and support our Society and these musicians.  Keep in mind that we can always use a little help with shows since we are all volunteers trying to keep things running smoothly.  We always appreciate your help and your suggestions for making this a better society.  


More information about our last show of this

fall season will be sent out soon.

  November 15th with      

 Stephen Bennett    


 until then....check out


MFGS Board of Directors 

JB Davie s - Mark Hawk s - Jeb McIntyr e - Ron Stavale - Kevin Tarnas


Concert & Workshop Reminder and Directions


We are all looking forward to our concert with Antoine Dufour and Craig D'Andrea this Saturday, Oct 11th @ 7:30, (Doors open @ 6:30)

Remember that the concert and workshop will be held at the*Players Guild of Dearborn*(not in Ferndale!!)

The Guitar Workshop is from 3-5pm (same location) Michigan luthier Gary Zimnicki will be at the concert with some of his handcrafted guitars on display. 

 If you are not familiar the location of the Players guild then click on "Get Directions"  below.

Players Guild of Dearborn

21730 Madison St
Dearborn, MI 48124
(313) 561-8587

Get directions  

Craig & Antoine will be live on 94.7, Pam Rossi's 'Over Easy' radio show  Saturday October 11th @ 10:15 am.  Tune in and enjoy a preview of the show.   

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online. For more information on the workshop or the concert,  you can go to 

or call 248-646-4030



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Craig D'Andrea & Antoine Dufour - October 11th - New Venue


       The Michigan Fingerstyle

                Guitar Society


          Craig D'Andrea       Antoine Dufour


          2007        &       2006

       Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition Winners

            October 11th, 2008

        @The Players Guild of Dearborn 

          21730 Madison, Dearborn

         Show @ 7:30 (Doors Open @ 6:30)  

                                  Click on link for directions   

     *Remember,this show is not in Ferndale*       

  Craig & Antoine will be live on 94.7, Pam Rossi's 'Over Easy' radio show  Saturday October 11th @ 10:15 am       

                            "Creating new audiences for fingerstyleguitar by playing tunes with jaw-dropping chops"   Acoustic Guitar Sept 2008

    $20 Admission - $15 students & seniors

Guitar workshop 3-5 pm, Cost $40

Call 248-646-4030 for information or to reserve a space @ the workshop

You don't want to miss 2 of the most exciting fingerstyle guitarists to emerge since Don Ross & Andy McKee !!!

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

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MFGS Presents on Saturday 

September 20th, 2008

Grammy Winning Guitarist

Ed Gerhard will perform at 7:30 p.m (doors open @ 6:30) 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) 

Ed Gerhard is returning to our stage for the third time!  Ed is one of those amazing guitarist who can draw so much emotion from his guitar while displaying such remarkable technical brilliance that he can drop jaws and create tears at the same time.  

 $20 Admission - $15 Seniors & Students

In addition, on Saturday afternoon Ed 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.

Purchase Tickets Online Here! 

Toronto Fingerstyle Guitar Society


Special Event - Mason Williams, Pino Forastiere , and John Doan
Sunday, July 20, 2008 at Hugh's Room - 8:30 p.m.

For those adventurous enthusiasts of fingerstyle guitar, our friends in Toronto have a show that can’t be beat…….that is..... unless we were sponsoring it! Members reserve tickets here... ($33.75 available as advance tickets only)
Non-Members - Reserve here or call (416) 531-6604 ($37.50 advance / $40.00 door)

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Newsletter - Summer 2008 Edition


As we ramp up for our Fall 2008/Spring 2009 concert series we wanted to keep you up to date with some recent events occurring with MFGS.

First and foremost we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our outgoing board members & friends Rick Comiskey, Dan House & Dave Pierson. We are happy to hear that we will see them here for our concerts, workshops & picking parties. And we (speaking for you also) sincerely appreciated their volunteer efforts that have helped make MFGS as successful as we are today and blazed a path for our future.

JB Davies, Mark Hawks, Jeb McIntyre, Craig Porter & Jere Stormer will still remain on our board of directors.  Ron Stavale will assume the role as president and Kevin Tarnas will become the vice-president. This new board will continue to strive to present world class fingerstyle guitarists to you at our local venues, give you the opportunities to hone your guitar skills at the artists workshops & resume our tradition of picking parties to be held at various venues in Southeast Michigan. We also encourage you to consider volunteering your musical skills at our continuing community outreach programs.

We would like you to mark your calendars for our first two concerts upcoming this fall.  On September 20th we will be presenting Grammy Award Winner Ed Gerhard  who is returning to our stage for the third time!  Ed is one of those amazing guitarist who can draw so much emotion from his guitar while displaying such remarkable technical brilliance that he can drop jaws and create tears at the same time. Ed will sponsor a guitar workshop from 3pm-5pm the day of the show and his performance will be @ 7:30pm. 

On October 11th we present two rising stars in the world of fingerstyle guitar. From the stables of Candyrat records we are excited to announce that Craig D’Andrea & Antoine Dufour Craig and Antoine will perform solo and then some duets for us.  Craig & Antoine have toured solo and also  opened for, and played with Don Ross and Andy McKee. We feel these two amazing guitarists are following the career paths of Don & Andy and this  will be another remarkable evening of music. There will also be a workshop from 3-5pm the day of the show. 

Please stay tuned for our November concert to be announced soon and for further information on our upcoming events. We encourage you input and appreciate your support whether it be volunteering to help us at concert events or attending a concert workshop or picking party.  


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