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MFGS News, Picking Parties & Updates


Dear Friends of MFGS,

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

Michael Chapdelaine, 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 .  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)  & Pam Rossi (WCSX), 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.




JB Davies co-founder of MFGS will perform live 2pm -3:30pm @ the DESSERT OASIS  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!!!

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

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

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