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Picking Party this Saturday - International Guitar Night January 29th

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Dear Friends of MFGS

Dadgadave here.... Picking Party this Saturday, 1/15/11, @ Blue Fish Guitars in Plymouth, MI from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. (note time change from last newsletter)   http://www.bluefishguitars.com/

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl&q=bluefish%20guitar%20

It will be a rare after hours get together at Paul Murphy's well stocked guitar shop. We'll be playing tunes and I'll present some ideas for arranging tunes for fingerstyle guitar!!  As always our Picking Parties welcome those who want to play or just want to listen and watch.  It is a very supportive non-competitive environment and we’d love to see you there.

BlueFish Music
744 Starkweather Street

Plymouth, Michigan 48170
Telephone: (734)927-0675


And don't forget…..International Guitar Night is coming soon. Saturday January 29th at Callahan’s. 

All the information is @ www.fingerstyle.org    World class guitarists from the US, Brazil, Italy and England.  We would love to make this a yearly event and hope you can make it out for this remarkable evening of guitar.

 Remember that Callahan’s serves dinner and drinks so come out early and get settled in some great seats. Doors open at 6pm.  Tickets available online www.fingerstyle.org  or at the door! For any questions please call 248-646-4030.  

We still need help with getting information out about this concert. If you can post or pass out flyers email us at rxvalle@yahoo.com

We would like to thank those who helped pass out information and post flyers for this concert. 

Shawn Myrda Mahorney – Dept of Music Michigan State Universty

Nathan Montgomery  http://www.nathanmontgomery.com/                      

Kristin Malecki, Dept of Music, Wayne State Universtiy

Bret Hoag, Dept of Music, Oakland Universtiy

Tracy Goetz, Dept of Music, Universtiy of Michigan

Johnathan Tan – International Academy

Marie Angeluski – Dept. of Music, Universtiy of Michigan, Flint

Paul Murphy – Bluefish Guitars, Plymouth

Fred Tellier – F.E. Tellier Guitars, Windsor

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

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

 



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International Guitar Night - January 29th - Picking Party January 15th

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Saturday, January 29th 

International  Guitar Night

comes to Callahan's in Auburn Hills

 

 

Callahan's is at 2105 South Blvd, Auburn Hills - http://www.atcallahans.com/  see map and menu

Just 12 miles north of our Ferndale venue 1.5 miles east of Woodward

Tickets for this remarkable event are $25

 

Tickets on Sale Now !

 

International Guitar Night is the world’s premier touring guitar festival; innovative masters of the acoustic guitar get together for a special evening to exchange styles and solos.

 

 Pino Forastiere along with, Brazil’s Alexandre Gismonti, Britan's Clive Carroll and the USA's Brian Gore will share the stage for a truly remarkable night of guitar virtuosity.  They will perform solo pieces and duets.

 

 What a nice way to start out the New Year.

Come out at 6pm when doors open, grab some great seats and have dinner @ Callahans!


England-native Clive Carroll started playing the banjo at age 2, has released 3 solo albums, and was described by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as 
“probably the best and most original young acoustic guitar player and composer in Britain.”  

Clive and Alexandre play this piece  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezMceg7eVI4

Son of Brazilian composer/guitarist Egberto Gismonti, Alexandre Gismonti has developed his own distinct musical language, representing his country at music festivals around the world.


Pino Forastiere of Italy received his degree in classical guitar at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome in 1992. In March 2010 he premiered with Guitar Republic, a new acoustic guitar trio in which he performs with Sergio Altamura and Stefano Barone.

Pino and Brian play this piece  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kc84Y0Xrus


Known as a “poet of the guitar,” American Brian Gore is the founder of International Guitar Night and published the book Fingerstyle Guitar: Lessons in Technique and Creativity in 2005. 

 

See you on Saturday the 29th of January. 

We'll need help getting the word out on this concert so let us know if you can put up or pass out flyers. 

 

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

 

We would like to thank all of our friends for their support and love of fingerstyle guitar music!

                                                           

Paul Murphy & Bluefish Guitars in Plymouth http://www.bluefishguitars.com/ 

Pam Rossi of WCSX, host of 'Overeasy' 94.7  http://www.wcsx.com/overeasy/ 

Ann Arbor Classical Guitar Society http://www.society.arborguitar.org/

Classic Guitar Society of Michigan  http://www.arborguitar.ms11.net/CGSM_index.html

Gary Zimnicki of Zimnicki Guitars http://www.zimnicki.com/                                                                          

JB Davies  http://jbdavies.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-home.cgi?d=jbdaviescom      

Ann Delisi on WDET with Essential Music http://www.wdetfm.org/ann-delisi.php,                                                         

Rob Reinhart of WDET with Acoustic Cafe & Essential Music, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rob-Reinharts-Essential-Music/260231449465

Shelest Music Workshop  http://shelestmusicworkshop.blogspot.com/

Huber Breese Music - http://www.huberbreese.com/

Strings By Mail -  http://www.stringsbymail.com/store/ 

White Crow Conservatory of Music - http://whitecrowconservatory.blogspot.com/

Fred Tellier of F.E. Tellier Guitars on Facebook

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

 



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Concert Reminder and Happy Thanksgiving

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Dear Friends of MFGS

Just a note to remind you that Scottish born guitarist Tony McManus is performing this Saturday night November 20th @ the First United Methodist Church in Ferndale.  Doors open at 6:30 and show starts @ 7:30. Tony is a fabulous guitarist and this is our last concert of the year! 

Tickets will be available at the door and there are still open spots for Tony's 2 hour guitar workshop starting at 3pm at the church.  The workshop is for guitarists of all levels. Discounted concert tickets are avialable for workshop attendees. For more info go to www.fingerstyle.org. 

 Here is a taste of what you will hear on Saturday!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqphR8wgWtY&feature=related

 

We have a lot to be thankful for here at MFGS.  Great performers, great music and great friends like you. From all of us @ MFGS we would like to wish you a  Happy Thanksgiving  - Hope to see you Saturday!!

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Fingerstyle Guitar News Update

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Dear Friends of MFGS

Don't forget that on Saturday, November 20th, MFGS will be hosting Tony McManus in concert and guitar workshop.  McManus's guitar work is both technically brilliant and elegantly lyrical. Legendary guitarist John Renbourn calls McManus the best Celtic guitarist in the world”, Paul Reed Smith of PRS Guitars says “McManus is the Jeff Beck of Acoustic Guitar” , Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society says “don’t miss our last concert of 2010” !  

McManus will also host a guitar workshop from 3pm – 5pm on the same day as the show.  Workshop costs are $40 and workshop attendees will receive a concert ticket for $10.   This guitar workshop is for players of all levels.

-2002  his CD “Ceol More” hit the Critic’s Album of the year list in Acoustic Guitar magazine and was named “Live Ireland Awards” Album of the Year.

-2008 Acoustic Guitar Reader’s Choice Award Winner 

-2009 Canadian Folk  Awards – Solo Artist of the Year.

Born in Paisley Scotland of Irish heritage, living in Canada and playing in Ferndale on November 20th! Tickets on Sale @ www.fingerstyle.org

Here is Tony playing on his new Greenfield Guitar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CM37aJe3vqo&feature=related

Also on that night Windsor Luthier F.E. Tellier will be exhibiting some of his fine new instruments

Lots of other Guitar News

Renowned guitarist Richard Gilewitz will perform @ Trinity House on November 13th.  Gilewitz will also host a guitar workshop the day of the show. http://www.trinityhouse.org/2010_events/11_13_10_richardgilewitz.html

The Classical Guitar Society of Michigan will host 2009 Guitar Foundation of America Winner Florain Larousse at a Master Class on November 13th and will perform on November 14th. For information http://www.arborguitar.ms11.net/CGSM_index.html

Stay tuned for more music from the Ann Arbor Classical Guitar Society http://www.society.arborguitar.org/

We welcome a new Michigan friend here @ MFGS,

 Strings By Mail http://www.stringsbymail.com/store/  (Buy Michigan!) 

And we welcome another new friend in Saginaw. The White Crow Music Conservatory   http://whitecrowconservatory.blogspot.com/ 

Dates to save in 2011

January 29th International Guitar Night @ Callahan's

March 12th - Pierre Bensusan

April 16th- Guitar Republic's Stefano Barone

May 21st - Candyrat Recording Artists Antoine DuFour and Craig D'Andrea

We are a  non profit organization and really could use use help placing flyers at coffee houses, music shops etc. Contact Ron @ rxvalle@yahoo.com to get some mailed to you or dropped off.

 



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Tony McManus in Concert - Last Concert of 2010

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Tony McManus in Concert

 

Saturday, November 20th 2010

 
First United methodist Church

22331 Woodward Avenue

Ferndale, MI 22331

Doors open at 6:30 pm, Show at 7:30 pm

 

Tickets are available at the door for $20, Seniors/Students $15

Or can be purchased online at www.fingerstyle.org


         Buy Tickets Now!

 

Self taught from childhood, initially through listening to the family record collection, McManus has come to be recognized throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music. From early childhood his twin obsessions of traditional music and acoustic guitar have worked together to produce a startlingly original approach to this ancient art. In Tony’s hands the complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddles and pipes are accurately transferred to guitar in a way that preserves the integrity and emotional impact of the music.  In 2002, McManus won twin “Musician of the Year” awards by the BBC Folks Awards and the Scottish Traditional Music Awards. Around the same time his CD, Ceol More gathered attention by being featured on the "Critic’s Album of the Year" list in Acoustic Guitar magazine, as well as being named “Live Ireland Awards' "Album of the Year."  In 2009, Tony became a Gold Medal winner when he won Acoustic Guitar magazine's reader's poll in the Celtic category. Other Gold Medal winners included Tommy Emmanuel, Doc Watson, John Jorgenson, John Williams, Paco de Lucía, and Tony Rice.

 

“Tony McManus is the Jeff Beck of the acoustic guitar”  -                 Paul Reed Smith

 

“The best Celtic guitarist in the world     -                                          John Renbourn

 

http://www.tonymcmanus.com/

Tony will be hosting a guitar workshop from 3pm – 5pm the day of the show at the First United Church. Cost of workshop is $40. Workshop attendees can purchase concert tickets for $10.  This is for guitarists of all levels and seating is limited.   

Call MFGS @ 248-646-4030 for information.

 

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Our Next Concert – International Guitar Night @ Callahan’s January 29th, 2011

Featuring Pino Forastiere, Clive Carroll, Brian Gore and Alexandre Gismonti http://internationalguitarnight.squarespace.com/

Lots of other Guitar News

Renowned guitarist Richard Gilewitz will perform @ Trinity House on November 13th.  Gilewitz will also host a guitar workshop the day of the show. http://www.trinityhouse.org/2010_events/11_13_10_richardgilewitz.html

The Classical Guitar Society of Michigan will host 2009 Guitar Foundation of America Winner Florain Larousse at a Master Class on November 13th and will perform on November 14th. For information http://www.arborguitar.ms11.net/CGSM_index.html

Stay tuned for more music from the Ann Arbor Classical Guitar Society http://www.society.arborguitar.org/

We welcome a new Michigan friend here @ MFGS,   Strings By Mail http://www.stringsbymail.com/store/  (Buy Michigan!) 

And we welcome another new friend in Saginaw. The White Crow Music Conservatory   http://whitecrowconservatory.blogspot.com/ 

& All of our other friends

Pam Rossi of WCSX and Overeasy http://www.wcsx.com/overeasy/                                                            

Paul Murphy of Bluefish Guitars http://www.bluefishguitars.com/ 

Gary Zimnicki of Zimnicki Guitars http://www.zimnicki.com/                                                                          

JB Davies  http://jbdavies.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-home.cgi?d=jbdaviescom      

Ann Delisi on WDET with Essential Music http://www.wdetfm.org/ann-delisi.php,                                                         

Rob Reinhart of WDET with Acoustic Cafe & Essential Music, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rob-Reinharts-Essential-Music/260231449465

Shelest Music Workshop  http://shelestmusicworkshop.blogspot.com/

Huber Breese Music - http://www.huberbreese.com/

Us volunteers at MFGS could always use help posting flyers so email us at rxvalle@yahoo.com if you can give us a hand posting at Coffeehouses, workplace, gyms, restaurants etc....

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

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

 

 

 



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Tony McManus in Concert

Saturday, November 20th 2010

Doors open at 6:30 pm, Show at 7:30 pm

First United Methodist Church

22331 Woodward Avenue

Ferndale, MI 22331

 

 

On Saturday, November 20thh Tony McManus 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 $20, Seniors/Students $15 or can be purchased online at www.fingerstyle.org.

 

To find a unique voice on so ubiquitous an instrument as the acoustic guitar is quite an achievement: to do so within a centuries old idiom where the instrument has no real history is truly remarkable. In little over ten years as a professional musician Tony McManus has come to be recognized throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music. From early childhood his twin obsessions of traditional music and acoustic guitar have worked together to produce a startlingly original approach to this ancient art. In Tony’s hands the complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddles and pipes are accurately transferred to guitar in a way that preserves the integrity and emotional impact of the music. Self taught from childhood, initially through listening to the family record collection, McManus abandoned academia in his twenties to pursue music full time. The session scene in Glasgow and Edinburgh provided the springboard for gigs around Scotland and a studio set for BBC Radio, frequently rebroadcast, began to spread the word.

 

On Saturday November 20th from 3pm – 5pm  Tony will be conducting a hands-on workshop. 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.

 

 





Concert Reminder, This Saturday - Preston Reed

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MFGS presents in Performance

Preston Reed

This Saturday September 25th

First United Methodist Church

22331 Woodward in Ferndale,

 just south of 9 mile.

Admission $20 - Seniors and Students - $15

Performance @ 7:30 pm - doors open at 6:30

 

  Billboard Magazine says -Reed is a "Heart stopping tour de force" 

Guitarist Magazine  calls his performance "True spellbinding guitar mastery"      

The late great master of fingerstyle, Michael Hedges says of Preston Reed in 1996,    "If I'm a hard core guitar player, Preston Reed is petrified. He's so into it that he has alchemized. I've never seen anyone more precise. He's really inspiring."    

Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society Says - "Don't miss him"!

Preston will conduce a 2 hour guitar workshop for players of all levels at 3pm on the date of the show.  All workshop attendees will recieve a concert ticket for $10. Don't miss the chance of seeing one of the true legends of contemporary fingerstyle guitar.  

Preston is making a special effort to get here on time for the workshop on Saturday.  We will need to know if you are planning to attend the workshop  by this Friday September 24th, so please call us ahead of time.

For information on tickets or to reserve a place at the workshop please call 248-646-4030 

Our next concert will not be for 2 months so take this opportunity to check out Preston Reed. Hopefully it won't be another 7 years till he gets back this way!        

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

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

                 



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Preston Reed Sat. Sept 25th

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 This Saturday September 25th

MFGS presents in Performance

Preston Reed

First United Methodist Church

22331 Woodward

Ferndale (just south of 9 mile)

Tickets $20 General Admission - Students/Seniors $15

         Buy Tickets Now!

 

At age 16, Reed was inspired by Jefferson Airplane's rootsy blues offshoot, Hot Tuna, with guitarist Jorma Kaukonen. He then studied John Fahey and Leo Kottke. At 17, Reed played his first live gig, supporting beat poet Allen Ginsberg at the Smithsonian Institute. Preston Reed has virtually reinvented how the acoustic guitar is played. Reed plays a flamboyant "self invented" style, characterized by percussive techniques and simultaneous rhythm and melody lines that dance and ricochet around each other, giving his music a level of excitement that is unparalleled today. 

See for yourself http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oVzB0zRBU0

 

"A heart stopping tour de force"      -                                         Billboard Magazine

"True spellbinding guitar mastery"      -                                    Guitarist Magazine

$20 General Admission, $15 seniors/students,  Doors open at 6:30 pm

Tickets @ the door or www.fingerstyle.org

Preston Reed will host a 2 hr guitar workshop 3pm-5pm same day of the show. Workshop cost is $40.

Discounted concert tickets are $10  to workshop attendees. Workshop is intended for players of all levels and  seating is limited!  Call (248) 646-4030 to reserve a seat @ the workshop or for concert info.

Other events to consider

Celino and Lito Romero of the Romero Guitar Quartet will be at WSU Friday, Sep. 17 http://www.music.wayne.edu/Romeros.php

                Guitar Masters Tour Featuring Eric Johnson, Peppino D'Agostino & Andy Mckee, October 3rd @ the Ark

Tony McManus  First United Methodist Church, Ferndale on November 20th

International Guitar Night - Callahan's on January 29th, 2011,  featuring Italy's Pino Forastiere, Brazil's Alexandre Gismoni, England's Clive Carrol and Brion Gore from the US

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

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



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California Guitar Trio this Sunday @ Callahan's

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Dear Friends of MFGS……Just a reminder for you to settle into fall with!

Picking Party on Sunday September 19th MFGS board member, and recent attendee of an Interlochen Guitar Festival Workshop, Dave Stuart will host a picking party @ Shelest Music Store in St. Clair Shores from 3pm - 6pm.  Directions can be found on their facebook site  http://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Clair-Shores-MI/Shelest-Music-Workshop/137302566303579?v=wall  and http://shelestmusicworkshop.blogspot.com/ This is an informal gathering of guitarists or guitar music lovers of all levels. Some come to play, some come to listen.  We share songs, ideas and information about fingerstyle guitar.  Save the date, more information to come. Thanks Gordy for opening up your shop!

 

 

The California Guitar Trio.  They will be performing, this Sunday, September 12th @ Callahan's Music Club in Auburn Hills

Performance starts early @ 7pm.  Tickets will be available at the door. General admission for this event is $25.

Best to get there at 6pm, pick out some nice seats. Grab, some grub and spirits, and then enjoy a very special evening of music.

For openers; if you’ve never seen anyone play the Chapman Stick; don’t miss special guest, Glenn Poor man who hails from Southwest Michigan, and is a fabulous performer in his own right. You may see this guy a lot more in the future and wouldn’t it be nice to say you saw him way back in 2010 @ Callahan’s?  Callahan's is just 15 minutes north of our usual venue and maps are available on their site, http://www.atcallahans.com/  

California Guitar Trio will stick around after the show to chat about their music and sign a CD copy of their live performance this Sunday! ~ How often do you see that?

There are still open spots for the California Guitar Trio, Guitar Workshop which starts at 3pm on Sunday. Get there 15 to 20 minutes early to set up!  This is really a unique opportunity to spend a couple of hours, hands on, with a trio of truly amazing guitarists. Let’s think……..hmmmm?……to become a renowned accomplished professional guitarist, then study with legendary King Crimson Guitarist Robert Fripp for 5 years in England, and form a trio, and then travel the world performing for 20 years! And, on top of that! ... offer to impart some of what you’ve learned to a handful of guitarists of all levels for 2 hours in a very intimate setting... Let’s call that an offer you should consider (or perhaps, not refuse!). Workshop tickets are $40, but If you attend the guitar workshop your concert tickets are only $10. Call 248-646-4030 if you would like more information.

Next up on our schedule is one of the premier Finger style Guitarist …. Preston Reed. September 25th in Ferndale at the First United Methodist Church, 22331 Woodward. 

 Billboard Magazine calls him a “Heart stopping tour de force”,

The London Times says  “he’s “In a class of his own” –

The last time we were able to book Preston Reed was in 2003.  This guy doesn’t come around that often.  Don’t miss him!!

 

Future dates.  November 20th, Tony McManus

The Best Celtic Guitarist in the World   John Renbourn

 

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

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

 

See you Sunday!



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MFGS Concert Updates - Sunday Sept. 12th

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MFGS Concert Updates

Our fall concert series starts off soon with a world class group of guitarists known as California Guitar Trio.  They are appearing on

Sunday September 12th @ Callahan's Music Club in Auburn Hills, at 7pm.  Callahan's is only 15 minutes north of our Ferndale Venue. Having attended a CGT performance we can attest that they are remarkable musicians who present an amazingly entertaining show.  

CGT will be featuring music from their new CD release called 'Andromeda' http://www.cgtrio.com/latest/item/1-andromeda-will-hit-the-earth-in-october  as well as their storied repertoire from classical to fusion and even surf music. They have been featured on several Olympic broadcasts and they performed at the 2003 Grammy's.  CGT will be recording this concert and CD's will be available after the show.  For info and to catch some of their music check out http://www.sroartists.com/artists/californiaguitartrio/index.php

Tickets for their performance are available @ www.fingerstyle.org or at the door for $25 general admission.

This link to Callahan's has a map and Callahan's has a dinner menu and drinks.  It may be a good idea to get there at 6pm, find some nice seats and grab dinner and drinks before the show starts. www.atcallahan's.com

Opening for CGT will be local Chapman Stick perfomer Glenn Poorman. The Chapman Stick is a pretty unique instrument made notable by Tony Levin of King Crimson/Peter Gabriel fame. http://www.stick.com

Guitar Workshop By CGT!

In addition to their performance California Guitar Trio will be sponsoring a Guitar Workshop from 3pm - 5pm the same day as the show. CGT initially studied with Robert Fripp of King Crimson back in the late 80's and have been touring since. They have been proponents of the 'New Standard Tuning' which will be discussed at the workshop. What a remarkable opportunity to spend 2 hours, close up and hands on with some of the best guitarists in the world. The fee for this workshop is $40.  http://www.sroartists.com/artists/californiaguitartrio/files/sem-cgt.pdf

We will be discounting concert tickets for workshop attendees. The Cost of the concert and the 2 hr workshop together will be $50.

If you would like to attend the workshop you'll need to call 248-646-4030 to make a reservation. This is for guitarists of all levels!

Other important news

Picking Party on Sunday September 19th MFGS board member, and recent attendee of an Interlochen Guitar Festival Workshop, Dave Stuart will host a picking party @ Shelest Music Store in St. Clair Shores.  Directions can be found on their facebook site  http://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Clair-Shores-MI/Shelest-Music-Workshop/137302566303579?v=wall  and http://shelestmusicworkshop.blogspot.com/ This is an informal gathering of guitarists or guitar music lovers of all levels. Some come to play, some come to listen.  We share songs, ideas and information about fingerstyle guitar.  Save the date, more information to come. Thanks Gordy for opening up your shop!

Saturday September 25th, Preston Reed will perform at the First United Methodist Church at 22331 Woodward.  Check our web site www.fingerstyle.org for information and tickets will be available soon.

A Friend In Need .... Remembering the lyrics of James Taylor's classic song ˜You've Got a Friend'..."When your down and troubled And you need a helping hand"
We thinking about  a dear friend to MFGS who is in need of our assistance. 
Pam Rossi hosts the 'Overeasy'  Show on  WCSX/94.7 on Saturday & Sunday mornings. Pam plays a very eclectic variety of songs that are familiar to all of us and that we do not hear on other stations.  Check out her playlist here   http://www.wcsx.com/overeasy . Pam  also frequently hosts live performances by local and nationally known musicians and has always graciously hosted our guest guitarists from all over the world. Tragically,  Pam's Saturday show has been cancelled!!  We know that this show is a source of great music to many of us and we would like you to take a moment and let WCSX know how unhappy we are that this show was cut back. She may even loose the whole weekend to be replaced by preprogrammed shows, no live guests, and no soul to the show. MFGS is a big fan of Pam and her show and we know you are too! We encourage you to call station manager Brent Alberts at 248 398 9470 and leave a voicemail indicating your support of putting her back on the air on Saturdays and to protect her show on Sundays. Also please post this information on your facebook or myspace accounts or send email blasts to your friends.  We need to give back a little to someone who has given us great music over the years.

Future Performance Dates

Preston Reed- Saturday, September 25th @ First United Methodist Church, Ferndale

Stephen Bennett & Tony McManus both on the same stage in Ferndale, November 20th

Pino Forastiere, Brian Gore, Clive Carrol & Alexandre Gismonti, son of legendary Brazialian Guitarist Egberto Gismonti will perform with International Guitar Night, January 29th 2011 @ Callahan's.

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

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

See you on the 12th of September, Enjoy the last week of summer!



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Tickets On Sale For California Guitar Trio - Sept 12th

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The Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society  presents

California Guitar Trio

Sunday September 12th, 7pm

 

At Callahan's Music Hall http://www.atcallahans.com/ 

2105 South Boulevard, Auburn Hills, MI     

Just 12 miles north of our Ferndale venue  

Callahans will have dinner and drinks for you starting at 6pm

            

Tickets available now $25   

 click here to  Buy Tickets Now!  
 
  It is pretty special when you can claim that your  music was featured on television coverage for the 1998, 2000,2002 & 2004 Olympics, that you performed on the 2003 Grammy Award Show and that your music traveled around the world as wake up music for the crew of NASA's Space Shuttle Endeavor. We think it is also pretty special that MFGS is bringing CGT to Callahan's for the first time. You'll hear music ranging from  King Crimson to Bach, fusing rock, blues, jazz, world music, progressive, as well as the quintessential California musical genre surf music, the California Guitar Trio's stunning virtuosity and  sly sense of humor have earned them an enthusiastic following and wide notoriety

This will be an amazing show and you'll hear compositions from their new CD 'Andromeda'    CGT will be making  live performance CD's for your purchase immediately after the show.

Opening for CTG will be Chapman Stick performer - Glen Poorman  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mg-zI89yCNU

California Guitar Trio will be sponsoring a Guitar Workshop from 3pm -5pm the day of the show.  This is a remarkable opportunity.  Spend 2 hours with CGT, pick out your seats and grab dinner while you wait for the show to begin.                                               

Workshop Tickets are $40 - Call 248-646-4030 for reservations, seating will be limited.                                        

Don't Forget!  Preston Reed

 

and The Interlochen Guitar Festival later this month

 http://college.interlochen.org/program/guitar-festival-and-workshop 

  http://www.interlochen.org/media/video-2009-icca-guitar-festival

and last but not least all of our other MFGS Friends to stay in touch with..... 

                                  

The Ann Arbor Clasical Guitar Society - http://www.society.arborguitar.org/                                                       

Classical Guitar Society of Michigan - http://www.arborguitar.ms11.net/CGSM_index.html                                           

Pam Rossi of WCSX and Overeasy http://www.wcsx.com/overeasy/                                                            

Paul Murphy of Bluefish Guitars http://www.bluefishguitars.com/ 

Gary Zimnicki of Zimnicki Guitars http://www.zimnicki.com/                                                                          

JB Davies  http://jbdavies.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-home.cgi?d=jbdaviescom      

Ann Delisi on WDET with Essential Music http://www.wdetfm.org/ann-delisi.php,                                                         

Rob Reinhart of WDET with Acoustic Cafe & Essential Music, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rob-Reinharts-Essential-Music/260231449465

Shelest Music Workshop  http://shelestmusicworkshop.blogspot.com/

Huber Breese Music - http://www.huberbreese.com/

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

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Dear Friends of MFGS

It's about time to announce our fall schedule and remind you of other musical events going on.  If  you were thinking about going to the  Canadian Guitar Festival there’s still time.  It starts on July 30th.   They have an amazing lineup of guitarists.  Check out the information at   http://www.canadianguitarfestival.com/    

Also here in Michigan there is our own Interlochen Guitar Festival and Workshop starting August 26th.   

http://college.interlochen.org/program/guitar-festival-and-workshop

These are two premier guitar events you won't want to miss!

 

Now on to our  Fall Concert Series 2010/Spring 2011

Sunday September 12th - with the remarkable California Guitar Trio http://www.cgtrio.com/   This will be a Sunday evening concert @ Callahans http://www.atcallahans.com/ 

The California Guitar Trio was founded in 1991 and consists of Paul Richards from Utah, Bert Lams of Belgium and Hideyo Moriya of Japan.  They  first  met in England at one of Robert Fripp’s Guitar Craft Courses in 1987. After their studies they embarked on a worldwide tour with Fripp’s League of Crafty Guitarists. 

A California Guitar Trio performance is like a night at the theater: Drama, passion, humor, joy , pathos, it's all there." -

                                                                                    Acoustic Musician Magazine

Save this date to see one of the most remarkable group of guitarists in the world today. 

         Buy Tickets Now!

   

 

 At Callahans Music Hall there is the opportunity to come early, get a good seat and have dinner before the show.

 

 

This will be a great show and you’ll hear compositions from the New CGT Album Andromeda.  After working on this album for more than 2 years, they have just set an official release date of October 12, 2010. This will be the first CGT album featuring entirely new original music, both composed and improvised by Bert, Paul and Hideyo. Guests on the album include Tony Levin, Julie Slick, Eric Slick, Tom Griesgraber, Tyler Trotter and more. Album Artwork by Pablo Mandel.

 

      CGT will sponsor a Guitar Workshop the same day as their concert.  More information to follow.

 

Next ...on Saturday September 25th MFGS presents  Preston Reed  @ the First United Methodist Church in Ferndale we will present http://www.prestonreed.com/ in  Concert & Guitar Workshop.  This will be Preston’s third visit here to MFGS.  He  last played way back in 2003. 

 

"True spellbinding guitar mastery" - Guitarist Magazine

November 20th - Stephen Bennett & Tony McManus on the same stage. 

January  29th, 2011  - International Guitar Night featuring Clive Carroll, Pino Forastiere, Brian Gore and Alexandre Gismonti

March 12th - Pierre Bensusan

April 16th - Stefano Barone

May 21st - Craig D'Andrea & Antoine Dufour

 

MFGS Friends to stay in touch with..... 

                                        

The Ann Arbor Clasical Guitar Society - http://www.society.arborguitar.org/                                                       

Classical Guitar Society of Michigan - http://www.arborguitar.ms11.net/CGSM_index.html                                           

Pam Rossi of WCSX and Overeasy http://www.wcsx.com/overeasy/                                                            

Paul Murphy of Bluefish Guitars http://www.bluefishguitars.com/ 

Gary Zimnicki of Zimnicki Guitars http://www.zimnicki.com/                                                                          

JB Davies  http://jbdavies.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-home.cgi?d=jbdaviescom      

Ann Delisi on WDET with Essential Music http://www.wdetfm.org/ann-delisi.php,                                                         

Rob Reinhart of WDET with Acoustic Cafe & Essential Music, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rob-Reinharts-Essential-Music/260231449465

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

 

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Dear Friends of MFGS

First we would like to again thank our Spring Concert Series performers, Germany's Peter Finger,  Italy's Stefano Barone, Sergio Altamura and Pino Forastiere (Guitar Republic) http://echoesblog.wordpress.com/2009/08/11/acoustic-guitar- & Lawernce Juber who was originally from England and now resides in California.  These were fabulous guitarists and we were fortunate to have them perform for us at the First United Methodist Church in Ferndale and at MAMA's Coffeehouse in Birmingham.                                                               

Also a thanks to Bert Lams of California Guitar Trio & Tom Griesgraber who graced the stage at the Barn in Rochester Hills along with local stick player, Glenn Poorman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mg-zI89yCNU

We are extremely disappointed that Andy McKee's July 17th concert @ Callahan's was cancelled. We were looking forward to his performance and his workshop as many of you were. It's not often that we have the opportunity to host such a popular guitarist.  As a non-profit, volunteer driven society created to promote the art of Fingerstyle Guitar we try to follow our mission statement and circumstances would not allow this concert to occur.  We look forward to Andy's October concert at the Ark and will let you know the details of that concert as they emerge. 

It is summertime and we generally do not host concerts but other folks do!  Let's start out with the Canadian Guitar Festival 2010   this is one of the premier guitar competitions/festivals in all of North America if not the whole world.  Here is some information on the Festival.

2010 Canadian Guitar Festival and Fingerstyle Guitar Competition  July 30th - Aug 02, 2010 (Kingston, Ontario: 2hrs from Toronto)

This is THE EVENT to be at this summer for Guitar Fans. Reserve your tickets to the festival and a camping pass if you plan to camp at the Loughborough Lake Holiday Park. Camp, Swim, and Jam with us... See you at the festival  http://www.canadianguitarfestival.com/
2010 Confirmed Performers - Don Ross, Michael Manring, Tony McManus, Antoine Dufour, Jimmy Wahlsteen, Gareth Pearson, Craig D'Andrea, Vicki Genfan, Kelly Valleau, Andrew White, David Barrett, Ray Montford, Denny Snyder, Ewan Dobson, Matthew Woodward, Holmes Hooke.    Can you say www.Candyrat.com?   Buy Tickets and Camping Passes Here
http://www.canadianguitarfestival.com/

If anyone is driving there and looking for someone to share driving expenses please contact us and we would be glad to share your email/phone information with other attendees.  Email rxvalle@yahoo.com with the subject Canadian Guitar Festival.

Then there is the most famous and our home grown Interlochen Guitar Festival & Workshop from August 26-28, 2010.   http://college.interlochen.org/program/guitar-festival-and-workshop   Here are some of the famous guitarists to attend Interlochen either as students or teachers,  Michael Hedges, Alex DeGrassi, Laurence Juber, Andrew York, Bill Frisell, Pierre Bensusan, Badi Assad etc.

Here are the performers and instructors for this year's festival ,  Adam del Monte, Brad DeRoche, Brian Morris, Brian Roberts, Bruce Dunlap, Bryan Galloup, Dan Kelchak, Francois Carew, John DeFaria, John A. Sunsch, Matt Brewer, Matthew Palmer, Nich Palmer, Nich Halley, Michael Chapdelaine, Nonato Luiz, Pat Bergenson, Phil Keaggy and Richard Cobo.

And then there is the locally famous MFGS Picking Parties.  We will let you know when our next one is set up.  Our most recent one at Shelest Music Studio in Saint Clair Shores was a success with about 12 folks showing up.  Thanks Gordy, nice shop and we hope to come back there again. 

Here is a sneak preview of our Fall Concert Series.

We are so close to nailing this down that we can actually announce that the  The California Guitar Trio (CGT) on September 12th @ Callahan's will perform in concert and sponsor a guitar workshop.  This is a big deal for MFGS.  A first with CGT and a first at Callahan's.  Perhaps it came out of our recent concert at the Barn in Rochester Hills where Bert Lams performed with Tom Griesgraber.  Perhaps the stars were in line. Whatever it is, we don't care.  California Guitar Trio http://www.cgtrio.com/ will be performing Sunday September 12th @ Callahan's in Auburn Hills.  Details to follow soon.

Preston Reed, September 25th @ the First United Methodist Church in Ferndale, Concert & Guitar Workshop  What else do we have to say? Preston http://www.prestonreed.com/ has actually performed here twice and we were very lucky to book him for a third time.  Michael Hedges called him "Inspiring'. Al DiMeola called him 'Phenomenal'/  He was THE major influence in Andy McKee's career. 

Stephen Bennett & Tony McManus  on November 20th @ the First United Methodist Church in Ferndale , Concert & Guitar Workshop Wow!   What a way to top off the Fall series but to have the 1987 winner of the Winfield Guitar Festival and inspiration to almost every guitarist out there AND  the Best Celtic Guitarist in the World  (John Renbourn' quote) in the same show.  This will be a fantastic concert. 

MFGS Friends to stay in touch with over the summer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Classical Guitar Society of Michigan - http://www.arborguitar.ms11.net/CGSM_index.html                                           

The Ann Arbor Clasical Guitar Society - http://www.society.arborguitar.org/                                                       

Pam Rossi of WCSX and Overeasy http://www.wcsx.com/overeasy/                                                            

Paul Murphy of Bluefish Guitars http://www.bluefishguitars.com/ 

Gary Zimnicki of Zimnicki Guitars http://www.zimnicki.com/                                                                          

JB Davies  http://jbdavies.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-home.cgi?d=jbdaviescom      

Ann Delisi on WDET with Essential Music http://www.wdetfm.org/ann-delisi.php,                                                         

Rob Reinhart of WDET with Acoustic Cafe & Essential Music, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rob-Reinharts-Essential-Music/260231449465

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

 

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Andy McKee - In Concert @ Callahan's - CANCELLED

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Saturday, July 17th  Andy McKee will perform live at Callahan's Music Hall in Auburn Hills Michigan. 

http://www.atcallahans.com/

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lWwxi8VNLk&feature=related

Tickets are on sale now. $25 for General Admission and $20 for Seniors (60 & over) or students with ID.    There will be limited seating for this performance

We first brought Andy here to Michigan in 2006 after hearing about his finalist performance in the 2001  Winfield Kansas Fingerstyle Competition.  Andy was a newcomer to  MFGS which, fulfilled another part of our mission by bringing in new fingerstyle performers to our audience.   Andy returned in 2008 to an overwhelming show selling nearly 400 tickets at our First United Methodist Church Venue.

Picking up the guitar at age 13 Andy eventually was inspired by Preston Reed, Billy McLaughlin, Michael Hedges and Don Ross. From teaching guitar at a music store in Topeka  the self-taught McKee is now considered one of the worlds finest acoustic guitar soloists  His dedicated online community has raised his YouTube video views in excess of 78 million plays and at one point he held the #1, #2 and #3 positions for Top-Rated Videos of All Time on YouTube. McKee has seen fantastic online media success which has allowed him to tour internationally with over 200 live shows a year. 

 Callahans offers a unique venue in that it is a concert hall and a restaurant!  Stop in early to reserve your seat, enjoy a meal and then watch Andy McKee perform. 

http://www.atcallahans.com/Menu/Menu.htm

Better yet!   Andy will also sponsor a guitar workshop for players of all levels from 3pm to 5pm @ Callahans.  The workshop cost is $40 and you can reserve your front row seat at the concert by attending the workshop.  

 For More information on the Picking Party, the Andy McKee concert or the guitar workshop please call 248-646-4030

 

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

 

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

 







Picking Party this Weekend & Andy McKee Tickets Available

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Dear Friends of MFGS

First we would like to thank Bert Lams of California Guitar Trio (CGT) and Tom Griesgraber for a special night of music at the Barn in Rochester Hills last Wednesday.  The opener for the show was local Chapman Stick player Glenn Poorman who then joined the duo for an beautiful encore performance of the CGT song 'The Marsh'.  It was generous of Jeb & Betsy McIntyre to offer their 'Barn' for the opportunity for folks to see these performers in an intimate setting.

TOMORROW - SUNDAY JUNE 6TH - There is a Picking Party from 2pm to 5pm @ Shelest Music Studio in St. Clair Shores. MFGS's own Dave "Dadgadave" Stuart will host this Picking Party. He will start off by discussing DADGAD alternate tuning and performing a couple pieces in that tuning.  After that, there is an open mike for anyone to step up and perform a piece or two in any tuning they like!  This is a very informal and supportive setting so any player at any level is welcome to stop by to perform or just listen and check out Gordy's new music Studio. Shelest Music Studio is at  22410 Harper Ave. Saint Clair Shores, between 8 & 9 mile on Harper Ave.  Use google maps or mapquest to get you there and look for our MFGS signs out front! (586) 218-7071.  guitargordo@yahoo.com    

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We have been getting calls about Andy McKee's performance @ Callahan's on July 17th http://www.andymckee.com/ .  Callahans is a music hall near Woodward @ Square Lake Road in Auburn hills, about 12 miles north of the Woodward/696 interchange.  MFGS generally does not sponsor summer concerts but due to Andy's touring schedule and the opportunity to host the concert @ Callahan's we set up his concert there. This is a first for us @ Callahan's and this fall we will return to our Ferndale venue.   Callahans offers us a great venue tailored for music and also they have a dinner & drink menu . http://www.atcallahans.com/Menu/Menu.htm

Andy has quite a national following and there were nearly 400 folks in attendence at his 2008 performance in Ferndale.  Callahan's has a more limited seating arrangement so you may want to consider purchasing tickets ahead of time.  

       Andy will sponsor a guitar workshop before the show between 3pm & 5pm.             The workshop is 2 hours of hands on instruction from one of the best fingerstylists around. This workshop is for players of all skill levels. 

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http://www.atcallahans.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRAiUzrmkMk&feature=related

Tickets are on sale now 

$25 for General Admission &

 $20 for Seniors (60 & over) or students with ID.   

There will be limited seating for this performance   

 For More information on the Picking Party, the Andy McKee concert or the guitar workshop please call 248-646-4030

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

 

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We at MFGS would like to thank all of you for your support, and also to our musical guests for a really fabulous spring season of guitar music.  Typically this would be the last you would hear from us until September but we have a few things brewing that we hope will catch your attention. 

First of all let's take a moment and thank Germany's Peter Finger for starting of our season out with a really impressive display of his guitarmanship.  Peter was not well known here in the US but we certainly witnessed a special night of diverse fingerstyle music and storytelling that has been performing in the rest of the world for a few decades now.  Thanks Peter!  Next we were just totally enthralled by  Guitar Republic's remarkable evening of innovatively brilliant music.  Until that night I have never seen a standing ovation before intermission!  Italy's Pino Forastiere, Sergio Altamura and Stefano Barone really enjoyed the 'love' they felt from the audience and you can tell by their encore arrangement of Johan Sebastian Bach's, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' (yea right Pino, you can't fool us on that one, we're an educated audience !!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC-7hgnpZqc . Guitar Republic deserves a 'saluti e baci' (it's an Italian thing!) from all of us.  Finally the master, Laurence Juber, did some great interviews on Pam Rossi's 'Overeasy' and then Ann Delisi's 'Essential Music' shows. Laurence then joined us along with our friends at MAMA's Coffeehouse.  Thank's MAMAs for allowing us to share a very special night of beautiful compositions and some covers of Beatles tunes by LJ.  

So, what's up now?  As part of our mission of supporting guitar music that comes in our area we would like to remind you that This Wednesday, June 2nd, California Guitar Trio's Bert Lams performs with  Tom Griesgraber  @ 'The Barn' in Rochester Hills.   This is a house style concert with limited seating, which isn't a bad thing, if your there!  Please go to http://www.poorman.ws/detroitstick/berttom/ for more information.  We've been trying to get these guys for a few years and this is the chance to see them up close.  Support these musicians, you won't be disappointed.    Here is a sample of what you will see this Wednesday!   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JU0MaVHXV54&feature=related 

Next on our agenda is a  MFGS Picking Party, Sunday June 6t  from 2-5pm  Another part of our mission is to help promote Fingerstyle Music by having networking or picking parties. These are very informal gatherings where some of our more seasoned guitarists  lead a discussion about an aspect of fingerstyle playing. After that there can be more discussion and then  there is time to go up to the mike and perform in a truly non-competitive, supportive and very appreciative audience.  MFGS's  own Dave "Dadgadave"  Stuart will host this Picking Party at Shelest Music Studio in St. Clair Shores on this Sunday.  Shelest Music Studio is at  22410 Harper Ave. Saint Clair Shores, between 8 & 9 mile on Harper Ave.  Use google maps or mapquest to get you there.   (586) 218-7071.  guitargordo@yahoo.com   June 6th,  Learn a little and play a lot or play a little and learn a lot!

 

And finally, we have been getting calls about this special performance for a couple months now.   We are very pleased to announce that on Saturday, July 17th  Andy McKee will perform live at Callahan's Music Hall in Auburn Hills Michigan. 

http://www.atcallahans.com/

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRAiUzrmkMk&feature=related

Tickets are on sale now. $25 for General Admission and $20 for Seniors (60 & over) or students with ID.    There will be limited seating for this performance

We first brought Andy here to Michigan in 2006 after hearing about his finalist performance in the 2001  Winfield Kansas Fingerstyle Competition.  Andy was a newcomer to  MFGS which, fulfilled another part of our mission by bringing in new fingerstyle performers to our audience.   Andy returned in 2008 to an overwhelming show selling nearly 400 tickets at our First United Methodist Church Venue.

Picking up the guitar at age 13 Andy eventually was inspired by Preston Reed, Billy McLaughlin, Michael Hedges and Don Ross. From teaching guitar at a music store in Topeka  the self-taught McKee is now considered one of the worlds finest acoustic guitar soloists  His dedicated online community has raised his YouTube video views in excess of 78 million plays and at one point he held the #1, #2 and #3 positions for Top-Rated Videos of All Time on YouTube. McKee has seen fantastic online media success which has allowed him to tour internationally with over 200 live shows a year. 

 Callahans offers a unique venue in that it is a concert hall and a restaurant!  Stop in early to reserve your seat, enjoy a meal and then watch Andy McKee perform. 

http://www.atcallahans.com/Menu/Menu.htm

Better yet!   Andy will also sponsor a guitar workshop for players of all levels from 3pm to 5pm @ Callahans.  The workshop cost is $40 and you can reserve your front row seat at the concert by attending the workshop.  

 For More information on the Picking Party, the Andy McKee concert or the guitar workshop please call 248-646-4030

 

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

 

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June 2nd 7:30 pm  - 

California Guitar Trio's Bert Lams performs with  Tom Griesgraber  

At 'The Barn'  near Meadowbrook Music Theatre
California Guitar Trio’s own Bert Lams will pair up with Chapman Stick extraordinaire, Tom Griesgraber for an evening concert at the ‘Barn’ in Rochester Hills. The Barn is an intimate house concert setting where you will experience two world class musicians up close.   We encourage buying tickets early since there is limited seating at the 'Barn'

Since 2004, California Guitar Trio member Bert Lams and Chapman Stick player Tom Griesgraber have been organizing tours in the US together, performing primarily as a duo but also dual soloists. 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JU0MaVHXV54

 

The Chapman Stick

Developed by musician Emmett Chapman in the early 70s, The Chapman Stick used by Griesgraber combines six guitar strings tuned in fourths with six bass strings tuned in fifths. Notes are “tapped” rather than strummed allowing the player to create separate parts in each hand with a variety of guitar and bass-like sounds.  An unusual instrument at first glance and still unknown to most of the world, this 12-string guitar/bass/synthesizer hybrid capable of sounding like all three instrument families at once.  Until you’ve seen it performed live, the music of Chapman Stick player Tom Griesgraber sounds too big to be real. There are acoustic guitar or piano-like moments, funk rock bass lines, ambient synth and soundscape textures, rock guitar leads, jazz solos and even small bits of percussion sometimes all happening simultaneously. To the uninitiated listener it sounds like an ensemble, but to those who have seen him live, it is the magic of a unique virtuoso.

Bert Lams

Bert Lams has twenty years of experience in performing and teaching classical guitar and guitar technique. He studied classical guitar with Monique Vigneron and Albert Sundermann (A. Sundermann was a student of Andres Segovia.) at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, Belgium where he graduated with honors. He has also conducted workshops for guitar students around the world, including master classes in Berlin, Paris, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Mexico City.

Since 1990, Bert Lams has been a composer and performer with the highly acclaimed California Guitar Trio. In 1993, the California Guitar Trio released their first recording Yamanashi Blues on Discipline Records followed by a successful world tour. In the same year Lams completed a world tour with the Robert Fripp String Quintet resulting in the recording, The Bridge Between, on Discipline Records.

Tom Griesgraber

Griesgraber is one of the world’s most respected and active performers on The Stick. He has toured as an opening act and guest for more than eighty US shows with the California Guitar Trio, toured the US and Europe with drummer Jerry Marotta as the duo Marotta/Griesgraber and opened numerous shows for artists like The Tony Levin Band, The League of Crafty Guitarists, The Dixie Dregs, Steve Hackett, Adrian Belew, Al Dimeola, Stanley Jordan, Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather, Muriel Anderson, Tower of Power, Asia, Michael Manring, Tim Reynolds, Jazz Mandolin Project and The Bad Plus. At the request of Recording Academy (Grammy’s) president Neil Portnow, he has also performed for the Academy’s Board of Trustees as well as the Academy’s Holiday Party and the 2004 Grammy Awards Show Post Party

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The Return of Andy McKee !

 

July 17th @ Callahans Music Hall

 

 

http://www.atcallahans.com/

Remember that Callahans has Dinner avialable before the show.


         
 

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Laurence Juber - May 15th, 8pm & upcoming performances

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Two-time GRAMMY Winner

Former lead guitarist for Paul McCartney & Wings

 Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine's "Guitarist Of The Year"

Laurence Juber

Saturday, May 15th

Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society

At MAMA’s Coffeehouse

Birmingham Unitarian Church

38651 N. Woodward at Lone Pine, Bloomfield Hills

Just 9 miles up the road from Ferndale!  

MAP To MAMA's   http://www.bucmi.org/mapbuc.htm

 

Show begins @ 8pm with opening act Joel Palmer, doors @ 7:30 pm

 

Tickets $15 general admission - $13 Seniors & Students


         

***Juber  will conduct a guitar workshop for guitarists of all skill levels* **

2 hours with one of the finest guitarists in the world!

Workshop is from 3:30 - 5:30 pm @ MAMMA's Coffeehouse.

Cost of workshop is $40

 

Call 248-646-4030 for concert information or to register for the workshop

 

May 16th - 3pm – 5pm - Michigan Classical Guitar Society

http://www.guitarmichigan.org/

Madonna University (map)
These meetings will be a great opportunity to share pieces you enjoy playing, to play ensemble music and just talk with other people who have a similar love for the guitar, in an informal, friendly environment. All are welcome. Go to our website for more info: www.guitarmichigan.org

 

June 2nd - Bert Lams (California Guitar Trio) &  Tom Griesgraber  

At 'The Barn' 
near Meadowbrook Music Theatre

Since 2004, California Guitar Trio member Bert Lams and Chapman Stick player Tom Griesgraber have been organizing tours in the US together, performing primarily as a duo but also dual soloists. Their music draws from their highly eclectic backgrounds and includes everything from the music of Bach and Chopin to original pieces and California Guitar Trio (CGT) covers that range from progressive rock to spaghetti westerns

 for details and to RSVP, contact:
berttom@poorman.ws

   

 July 17th Andy Mckee @ Callahan's in Auburn Hills http://www.atcallahans.com/

 

Don't forget our friends @ http://www.society.arborguitar.org/

 

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Dear Friends of MFGS

Just a reminder that this weekend, Saturday April 17th, @ 7:30 pm, Guitar Republic will be performing at the

First United Methodist Church @ 22331 Woodward, 4 blocks south of 9 mile in Ferndale. 

Guitar Republic | Guitar Republic

Doors open at 6:30 pm, Show at 7:30 pm
Tickets are $20 & $15 for Students & Seniors

There are still a few open spots in the guitar workshop from 3pm - 5pm. The focus will be performing and composition with other guitarists in a group. This is for players of all levels.  All 3 members of Guitar Republic will be teaching at the workshop. 

Consider coming to the workshop, selecting your seats and then going out to eat at one of the restaurants within walking distance of the church. You won't need to get back to the church until just before the concert starts! 

Workshop attendees will receive concert tickets for $10.

Call 248-646-4030 to reserve a spot at the workshop or for questions about this performance or MFGS

Our next two concerts will be held at other Venues !!

May 15th, 2 Time Grammy Winner - Laurence Juber @ MAMMA's Coffeehouse

July 17th, Andy McKee - Callahan's Music Hall

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MFGS - Performances This Week - resend (sorry)

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Friends of MFGS-  Due to an error in sending out this newsletter only 1/2 of our distribution list was contacted.  We are sending out the newsletter again so that everyone gets the information.  If you've already received this today we apologize for the resend.  

Part of the mission of MFGS is to let you know about upcoming guitar events. Here is a listing of some performances. Please let us know if you here of guitar performances that you want mentioned. Remember that we are volunteers so give us a decent lead time. And we can always use a hand getting flyers posted at coffee shops, music stores or where you work. Call us if you can help out 248-646-4030 

 

Thursday April 15th - Our own JB Davies www.jbdavies.com will be opening for Jill Jack  at the City Mission Benefit Concert & Wine Tasting night. 

Admission is $30.00 per person and you BYOW (bring your own wine) . The benefit is at the beautiful Redford Theatre 17360 Lahser, http://redfordtheatre.com/  Detroit, MI 48223.  You will have a chance to hear great performances by some gems of the Motor City in the most well kept secret, the Redford Theatre. You will also be able to share your favorite wine with friends, new and old.   

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Will all of this music going on, don't forget that on

April 17th we will be featuring Guitar Republic in their first US appearance.

 First United Methodist Church, 22331 Woodward in Ferndale.

                                                         

This will be remarkable night of music from Pino Forastiere, Stefano Barone & Sergio Altamurahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCQCkcqTgqA  General Admission tickets are $20 & $15 for students & seniors  available on line www.fingerstyle.com or at the door.

Stefano, Sergio and Pino will conduct a 2 hour guitar workshop from 3pm - 5pm the day of the show at the First United Methodist Church. The cost of this workshop is $40 and it is for all levels of players.  The focus of the workshop will be composition and performance in a band. If you attend the workshop your concert ticket is only $10.  Seating is limited. 

We are also fortunate to have Michigan Luthier, Gary Zimnicki at the show www.zimnicki.com  Gary will have some of his fine handcrafted instruments for you to view.  

Call 248-646-4030 to reservve a seat at the workshop or for concert information.

Farther down the line.......

May 15th - @ MAMA's Coffeehouse - 2 Time Grammy Winner Laurence Juber - Ferndale guitarist Joel Palmer will open for Laurence.

July 17th @ Callahan's Music Hall -   Andy McKee

 

and thanks to our friends who fill us with the music we love to hear!!

This is WDET's pledge week so help them keep this music coming to us by donating whatever you can. 

Ann Delisi's Essential Music on WDET   http://www.wdetfm.org/ann-delisi.php  & facebook

Rob Reinhart's Essential Music and Acoustic Cafe on WDET http://www.acafe.com/   & facebook

Pam Rossi's 'Overeasy' show on WCSX   http://www.wcsx.com/overeasy/   & facebook

Candyrat Records  www.candyrat.com 

Ann Arbor Classical Guitar Society -   http://www.society.arborguitar.org/   

The Classic Guitar Society of Michigan  - http://www.guitarmichigan.org/

MAMA's Coffeehouse   http://mamascoffeehouse.org/

Trinity House - http://www.trinityhouse.org/

Carrick House Concerts - http://www.myspace.com/carrickshows

Callahans Music Hall - www.atcallahans.com

and finally, don't forget to join us on facebook!

A special thanks to Jan Golz who works behind the scenes to make our society successful .

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Dear Friends of MFGS,

In honor of our upcoming Thanksgiving holiday we will send out some thanks before spreading the news.                                                                                                         

Michael Chapdelaine, http://www.michaelchapdelaine.com/ thank you for a fabulous concert and guitar workshop last Saturday. We were fortunate witnesses to a remarkable & masterfully artistic guitar performance.  Michael left on Sunday with an appreciation of some of our Detroit art too! He marveled at the DIA's Diego Rivera Mural and it's permanent collection and even ventured to the lower east side of Dtown to take in the Heidelberg Project http://www.heidelberg.org/ .  Michael, we'll be waiting on your new CDs to come out and hope to have you back in the future. 

Kevin Tarnas, thanks for bringing your energy to our society as a member of our board. You single-handedly revitalized our picking parties and we hope to maintain the energy you brought.  All the best from us to you and keep us informed on your upcoming performances.

Ann Delisi (WDET) http://www.wdetfm.org/ann-delisi.php  & Pam Rossi (WCSX) http://www.wcsx.com/overeasy/, thanks for hosting Michael Chapdelaine for your in studio interview and performance.  Michael was quite appreciative, as well as all of us @ MFGS, for taking the time out of your busy Saturday's to have a fingerstylist on your show.  We look forward for future visits.  Michael will send you some of his  new CDs when they come out!

And finally, a big thanks to you for supporting MFGS. Our mission is to promote the art of Fingerstyle Guitar through workshops, performances, community outreach and picking parties. If you can help us put up posters or know of any other means to get the word out about our society please let us know.

 

MFGS NEWS & EVENTS 

LIVE PERFORMANCE AND PICKING PARTY on SUNDAY DECEMBER 6TH, 

JB Davies www.jbdavies.com co-founder of MFGS will perform live 2pm -3:30pm @ the DESSERT OASIS www.DessertOasis.net  205 S. Main St. (Rochester Rd.) at corner of Main and Second in downtown Rochester (google the address for a map).  After JB's performance  MFGS will sponsor a Picking Party 3:30 - 5pm.  The Dessert Oasis is a very comfortable coffee house venue and our picking parties consist of supportive guitarists and friends of fingerstyle guitar. All level of players (and listeners) are welcome.  Come to listen or to play and enjoy a light lunch, coffee and desserts.  Our good friend and former board member, Dave Pierson, is returning to our board after a sabbitical of sorts and will host the picking party.

Some highlights of next years performances.  For our 2010 Spring Series we should use the title “if you can’t visit Europe, we will bring Europe to you” Series.  We will start off with the remarkable German fingerstylist, Peter Finger, who will visit MFGS for the first time.  Next on the list will be Italy's Guitar Republic, consisting of our good friend and guitar maestro, Pino Forastiere, and his compatriots, Stefano Barone and Sergio Altamura. These guys are pushing the limits beyond progressive Fingerstyle Guitar to where (as Captain Kirk would say) “where no man has gone before”.  Finally we will bring back the amazing English guitarist, Laurence Juber (LJ).  This two time Grammy Award winner and former lead guitarist of Paul McCartney's 'Wings' will again dazzle us with his brilliance on the guitar.

Stay tuned for more updates next month and remember to put on some of that fine fingerstyle music while your digesting your Turkey or Tofu, whichever you chews (sorry bout that).  We wish all of you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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Michael Chapdelaine Nov 14th, Concert Reminder

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Dear Friends of MFGS

 

Just a reminder for Michael Chapdelaine’s concert this Saturday,

November 14th.  Show is at 7:30.

(Doors open @ 6:30)

 

Michael Chapdelaine

Click on our logo (above) or www.fingerstyle.org for more information.

 

Michael received great reviews from MFGS members after his last concert in March 2008. He is truly a fabulous guitarist and entertainer with amazing expressiveness and breathtaking technique. Michael is the only guitarist in the world to win international honors in both nylon and steel string competitions. You won’t want to miss him  (besides, it’s our last concert of the year!)   We’ve mentioned that he was a student of Andres Segovia and on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiAbqfaYGwk there is a tape from a master class with the master himself. Segovia listens and then impatiently disses a young Chapdelaine off the stage since Michael isn’t following Segovia’s transcription precisely. It's about 9 minutes long but you'll see that Michael makes the best of it and he has come a long way from that day; we hope you’ll see him this Saturday.

Here are a couple of songs you might hear on Saturday.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u55G1VGuTfs


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrDdt3fHTco&feature=related

 

This will be our last show of the 2009 series and we will be raffling off some CDs & DVD’s graciously given to us from our friend,  Rob Poland of Candyrat records www.candyrat.com   Rob has quite the stable of guitarists & singersongwiters and a few of them will be coming to MFGS next year.

 

On Saturday before you come to the show turn on the radio and tune in to Michael performing live, just after 9am on  Pam Rossi’s ‘Overeasy’ show, WCSX 94.7 , 7a-10a Sat. & Sun.  http://www.wcsx.com/overeasy/  And then just after 12 noon on Ann Delisi’s ‘Essential Music’ show, http://www.wdetfm.org/ann-delisi.php WDET 101.9, 12 - 4pm Sat. & Sun.   

 

And finally, Michael (his 2008 workshop in photo) will be sponsoring a 2 hr guitar workshop on Saturday from 3pm-5pm at the First United Methodist Church.  The workshop costs $40 and discounted concert tickets are $10 for workshop attendees.  Call 248-646-4030 to reserve a spot or for more information.

 

See you Saturday

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Dear Friends of MFGS

Well, as much as we'd like to, we can't book all the great players so Trinity House http://www.trinityhouse.org/ is helping out by bringing in a fabulous fingerstyle guitarist, Richard Gilewitz http://www.richardgilewitz.com/  this Saturday, November 7th.  He puts on a great show and if you get a chance to see him you won't be disappointed. 

On Sunday November 8th, our good friend Paul Murphy of Blue Fish Music http://www.bluefishguitars.com/  is hosting a soon to be annual  Luthier Gathering from 1pm-5pm.   There will be about a dozen amateur and pro luthiers from Michigan, Ohio and Ontario getting together to discuss building, swap tonewoods and show off their instruments. Any friends of MFGS are welcome to check it out and try some guitars. Paul will have the stage and amp set up so there will be some open mike time and with the lesson rooms there will be some quiet places to test drive some guitars.  Paul also does repairs and helpful with advice on anything to do with guitars.

 Of course you know that the remarkable Michael Chapdelaine will close out our 2009 Michigan Fingerstyle Series November 14th (click on our web site,  www.fingerstyle.org ).  What you don't know yet that on November 14th Michael will be gracing the studio of our good friend Pam Rossi on her Overeasy show,  94.7, WCSX on the dial.  We will be on the show sometime after 9am but just set your alarm to Pam's show @ 7am and blend yourself into the morning (Sat. & Sun)  with a nice mix of great songs. Also Michael will be heading down to 101.9 WDET  to visit with Ann Delisi on her Essential Music Show http://www.wdetfm.org/ann-delisi.php at 12 noon.  Ann is back on the radio scene in Detroit on Sat. & Sun. from 12 noon to 4pm bringing home grown, eclectic and new 'essential' music to Detroit’s airwaves. 

After Michael’s radio appearances MFGS will sponsor a guitar workshop from 3pm - 5pm at the First United Methodist Church.  You can't ask for a better opportunity to learn from one of the best guitarist in the world.  The cost of the workshop is $40 but workshop attendees can attend Michael's concert for just $10.  Call to reserve a seat.  

Now that we've planned your day on Saturday the 14th, if you need any further info call us @  248-646-4030

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Michael Chapdelaine Nov.14th - Final 2009 Concert!

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The Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society

Presents

 

Michael Chapdelaine

         Buy Tickets Now!


Saturday November 14th-7:30pm  (doors @ 6:30)

First United Methodist Church, 22331 Woodward Ave, Ferndale MI

http://www.ferndalefirstumc.org/templates/System/details.asp?id=38679&PID=461272


  

       "As carelessly as the word 'virtuoso'  gets tossed round these days, it still only characterizes a minuscule percentage of artists. New Mexico-based guitarist Michael Chapdelaine is one of the chosen few"                                                                                                    Weekly Alibi


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u55G1VGuTfs


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrDdt3fHTco&feature=related

 

This former student of the renowned master Andres Segovia proved himself to be one of the world's finest classical guitarists; twice winning the coveted National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Grant, and taking First Prize in both the Guitar Foundation of America's and the Music Teachers National Association's Guitar Competitions. Chapdelaine expanded his musical range and gained instant notoriety and credibility in the "acoustic music" world as a "fingerstyle" guitarist and composer, by winning the National Fingerstyle Championships.

Chapdelaine is the only guitarist in the world to win international competitions in both nylon & steel string guitar.

          Concerts tickets are $20,  Seniors & Students $15  

         

Michael will be sponsoring guitar workshops prior to his shows from 3pm-5pm. Don’t miss the opportunity to spend 2 hours with one of the finest guitarists in the world. Seating is limited. Call to reserve a spot.

Cost of Guitar Workshop is $40

Workshop attendees receive Concert Ticket for $10

For more information call 248-646-4030

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April 18th Concert Reminder

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On April 18th Peppino D’Agostino will perform in concert &

sponsor a guitar workshop for MFGS.

At The First United Methodist Church

22331 Woodward (just 4 blocks south of 9 mile in Ferndale)

Concert tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors.

 

Show starts @ 7:30pm and doors open @ 6:30pm. Tickets can be bought online @ www.fingerstyle.org or at the door.

D'Agostino was chosen as ‘Best Acoustic Guitarist, 2007’ by Guitar Player magazine Readers Choice Awards and he is on the cover  of the most recent Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine.   

 

Acoustic Guitar magazine calls him “One of the most capable composers among fingerstyle guitarists” & the San Francisco Chronicle says he is  “a poet…among the best talents around”

 

D’Agostino has released 12 critically acclaimed CDs and 2 DVDs. He has been featured on numerous guitar samplers alongside such greats like Pat Metheny & John Scofield. For more information on Peppino visit www.peppinodagostino.com & http://www.myspace.com/pdagostino

 

Peppino will appear on Pam Rossi’s ‘OverEasy’ show (94.7 WCSX) http://www.wcsx.com/overeasy/ on Saturday April 18th @ 10:30 so make sure to tune in and hear him &

 you can tune in to Pam’s show any Sat. or Sun. to hear some great music 7am – 12 noon.

   

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear another amazing fingerstyle guitarist appear in concert with MFGS. Tickets are available online www.fingerstyle.org

or at the door. 

 

 

Peppino will be also be sponsoring a guitar workshop @ our venue from 3pm - 5pm.  The cost of the workshop is $40. If you come to the workshop and wish to attend the concert then concert admission will be $10 for general admission and only $5 for students and seniors.

 

There are still some seats available but seating is limited. 

Call 248-646-4030 to register.

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