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Pat Donohue Workshop - Last Call


My fellow guitar lovers, we need your help. Too many of us are not participating in the workshops and concerts. We can't do this without you! If you've wondered if the workshops are for you, this is a perfect opportunity to find out. Pat is an extraordinary player, and a wonderfully funny and charming guy too. I promise you'll have a lot of fun.

Below is Elderly's description of Pat Donohue's workshop. Hard to improve upon it but to say that Pat is one of the finest fingerstyle guitarists playing today. He's won all the awards (Winfield, Grammy), has several major lable CD's in the market, and has one of the most coveted gigs in the world - house guitar player for the weekly NPR radio show the Prairie Home Companion.

Pat's workshop promises to be one of the best ever, and suitable for players of all levels. But for that to happen we need interested participants to let us know now. If we don't have enough interest by the close of business Monday we won't be able to make this workshop happen.

I urge you to sign up if you have any interest at all. I promise you won't be disappointed. Tickets are $35 for members, $40 for non-members. The workshop will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church on Sunday March 11th.

Jeb McIntyre, Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society

For reservations please contact:

Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society
255 E. Brown St. Suite 101
Birmingham, MI. 48009
248 646 4030 Phone
248 646 4598 Fax

"Opening Pat Donohue's file evokes a trip down memory lane--often more than one trip. Our file on Pat--which grows thicker with each appearance he makes in the area for concerts, workshops or festivals--is filled with praise for his playing--including but not limited to his long-standing Prairie Home Companion gig--his songwriting, and his teaching.

Pat Donohue's Fingerstyle Blues Guitar Workshop will be geared toward intermediate-level students who want to infuse their playing with the sounds of the blues greats. In this two-hour hands-on workshop, he will teach tunes, licks, turnarounds, and the stylistic hallmarks of legends like Mississippi John Hurt, Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson, Blind Blake and others, along with useful left-hand chord shapes and right-hand oves that will make anyone's blues playing come alive.

One of the articles on Pat appeared in the now-defunct Capital Times in December, 1997, prior to one of Pat's free in-store
concert at Elderly; it reads in part: "...his playing has impressed such knowledgeable fans as Chet Atkins, who called him 'one of the greatest finger pickers in the world today'." Titled "Finger Pickin' Good," the unattributed article continues: "Donohue's fluid style embraces folk, country, blues and jazz styles, and onstage he's known to dive into anything from a satiric Beatles medley to a blues treatment of The Star Spangled Banner."

If you haven't seen Pat in concert, or haven't attended one of his workshops, maybe this description of him will help you understand a little better the man and some of the reasons for his popularity and success. We found this on the website of master guitar builder Kevin Ryan, about Pat:

"...audience members call out any song they can think of. And then Pat just starts playing it. And not just stumbling through a makeshift melody. He actually plays it like some rollicking, wild thing he has worked on for years.... Part of it naturally is the sheer inventiveness of a guy who can just start playing a complicated song out of the thin air right on the spot. And part of the wonder is the sheer exuberance of Donohue himself. There is no mistaking the main point of music when Pat plays. Music is for having fun."

Then, contrasting Pat with artists who are careful to not "miss" a note, not take a chance, he adds, "Not Pat. Let the notes fly and let the joy fall where it may, devil be damned." And yet Pat can be described as meticulous. Sign up and you'll see.

Check out recordings we carry featuring Pat Donohue "

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