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Michigan's Bill Russell is 3rd at Winfield! & Info on Nicholas Barron Concert and updates!


Dear Friends of MFGS

We are so happy to announce that one of our MFGS friends, Bill Russell, just took the 3rd place honors at the Winfield International Guitar Competition. 

In June of 2018 Bill performed with JB Davies and Jay Brown at the PLAT Theatre in Pontiac. Bill is also the 2018 Indiana Fingerstyle Guitar Champion as well as the 2009 Gamble Rogers Fingerstyle Guitar Champion.  “Bill” received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from The Boston Conservatory and a Master’s Degree in Music from Florida State University. What an honor and we were fortunate to hear him at our concert in Pontiac.  

Congratulations Bill!!

Here is a nice article and a link to his website!


Speaking of the PLAT (Pontiac's Little Art Theatre) here is the link for tickets to

Join us Saturday, September 29th

 Nicholas Barron

with special guest JB Davies

At the PLAT!

Tickets are $15 online and available at


Hailed by James Taylor as an “undeniable” talent - Nicholas blends blues and folk with his signature voice and mouth percussion. He continually expands his musical palette varying his gifts through the blues, jazz, funk. A prolific artist, Nicholas has released ten albums of original music.... He currently performs as: a solo artist; with the jazz cellist Ben Davis; the funk trio The Strapping Owls; and The Nicholas Barron Band. Nicholas’ natural talent, raw energy and charisma has earned him the privilege to open for his musical idols Al Green, James Brown, Buddy Guy & BB King, The Meters and Johnny Cash, as well as performing with other major musicians. (check out his web-site for full bio of works.)
The PLAT is pleased to host his performance and invites you to an up-close, intimate evening with Nicholas Barron. 

Doors at 7:30 and show at 8pm

 47 North Saginaw

 Pontiac, MI.


Also on Saturday September 29th

At 20 Front Street

 in Lake Orion

See the amazing

Ian Ethan Case

with his virtual Photon Orchestra

Hear from Ian about his music

Technically speaking this is  light years away from what you see now days. 

20 Front Street

Lake Orion, MI 48362


Tickets are $18 and available online at

Ian will also be performing at

The Robin Theatre in Lansing on Friday September 28th


And a once in a lifetime show!!!

 2 of the preeminent guitarists of our time

at 2 of the most intimate venues in the Midwest!!!

October 12th and 13th

MFGS in conjunction with Strings By Mail and Connermara Concerts

is honored to present

Alex DeGrassi & Andrew York in Concert

Friday, October 12th, 2018 @ Trinity House Theatre

38840 West Six Mile, Livonia, Michigan - Phone - 734-464-6302

 Doors @ 7:30pm -Concert @ 8pm. 

 Tickets $30 Available online at

These concerts will sell out so get your tickets soon!


Saturday, October 13th, 2018  @ 20 Front Street

 20 Front Street, Lake Orion, Michigan - Phone - 248-783-7105 

 Doors @ 7:30pm -Concert @ 8pm.

Tickets $30 Available at

Alex DeGrassi 'Turning Turning Turning'

Andrew York  'Yamour'


And save the dates for

Trevor Gordon Hall

November 29th at The Robin Theatre in Lansing

November 30th at 20 Front Street in Lake Orion

December 1st @ Trinity House Theatre in Livonia


Thanks to Strings By Mail!!

 for their efforts in bringing Alex DeGrassi and Andrew York to Michigan.



Don't miss this issue of Minor 7th

A great issue reviewing music from the late John Renbourn, Rory Block and young NYU grad named Yasmin Williams who I know you will hear more from in the future.  

Yasmin Williams performing  'GuitKa'

Catch some of  your favorite artist and their tours at Candyrat Records

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