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MFGS's Upcoming Summer Concerts


Dear Friends of MFGS

We would like to thank Andrew and Joel at Bayberry Music in Ferndale for hosting our 'First in a Long Time'  Picking Party on May Saturday May 18th.  We saw some old friends and met some new friends along with sharing the stage (a chair) and listening to some great music.  

We hope to do this again as it is was time to hear some local guitarist play and network with a couple of luthiers, players and listeners of contemporary acoustic guitar music. Stay Tuned!

Upcoming Concerts & Events !


Michigan Guitar Show @ The Emerald Theatre

June 29th - 30th - 10am to 5pm

sponsord by

 The Emerald Theater & Gordy's Music in Ferndale

This event showcases products like guitars, mostly vintage guitars-banjos, mandolins, dobros, used amps, effect pedals, parts, catalogs, memorabilia, etc.

appearing at the Michigan Guitar Show

presented by Takamine Guitars

Also at the Michigan Guitar Show

Jake Allen in Concert

at the Michigan Guitar Show

Held at the Emerald Theatre in Mt. Clemens

Saturday, June 29th @ 2pm - 586-630-0120


******And Jake is also performing*****

Saturday July 6th Jake Allen - in Concert

20 Front Street @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

20 Front Street (the name of the venue and the location)

Lake Orion, Michigan

Tickets are $18 and available at


Phil Keaggy @ Trinity House Theatre

July 18th & July 19th

Phil Keaggy is perhaps one of the most admired guitarists in music today!  His fans range from those who aspire just to be able to play Keaggy’s mistakes, to professional musicians who have been strongly influenced by his style. And in between are those who don’t play guitar, yet find solace in his beautifully penned lyrics and memorable melodies

Trinity House Theatre -  38840 West Six Mile
Livonia, MI -  734-464-6302


And from Rome Italy

Contemporary Acoustic Guitarist

Stefano Barone

Is back in the US to work on film music for the 2020 Detroit Freep Film Festival. His music was incorporated in the 2018 Pulitizer Prize Winning film 'The Wall' by The Freep's Brian Kaufman.

During his stay he will be performing at several venues throughout Michigan.

"Stefano is a musician of epic proportions and one of Italy's most renowned instrumentalists creating unbelievable soundscapes with the guitar that remove all known conceptions of the instruments previous capabilities.       He's next level basically!  -                                       - Guy  Buttery

Friday June 28th - Stefano Barone - The Robin Theatre

1105 S. Washington Ave. Lansing, MI
Times: Starting: 08:00 PM - Doors at 7:30
Admission: Starting at $15.00
(989) 289-9729

 "You've got to see it to understand!"- The Robin Theatre  

8PM show, 7:30 doors $15 adv., $18 door More:


Saturday June 29th - Stefano Barone - Red Sky Stage - Bay Harbor MI, Near Petoskey

Stefano Barone returns for his 3rd time at the            

'The New' Red Sky Stage

 801 Front Street, Suite C/D.

Bay Harbor, Michigan

A note from Marty Scott, owner of Red Sky Stage

 I am delighted to announce that as of  May 31, 2019, after several days of negotiations, I have signed a three year lease for a new location at 801 Front Street, Suite C/D. Bay Harbor.  We are at the south end of the row of stores and restaurants.  Our new home  faces the harbor and the dramatic Lake Michigan sunsets that are the inspiration for our name.


Sunday June 30th - Stefano Barone

The Section House - Little Lake Michigan

1824 Ski Hill Rd,   Little Lake, Michigan  (906) 360-3950

 Doors open at 2:00, music starts at 3:00

Food and beverages are on a donation basis

Donations for the artists are greatly appreciated

RSVPs on Facebook will help arrange the food and space


July 12th - 14th Stefano Barone at Blissfest -


July 19th - Stefano Barone- Detroit Institute of Arts - Detroit Michigan


July 20th -Stefano Barone- Bayberry Music - Ferndale Michigan

6pm - 8:30 - More information to come soon.

Come join us at Bayberry Music for an evening of music with Stefano Barone and some local music guests.

Bayberry Music has again opened their home to MFGS patrons.  There will be some beverages and food available and donations for this event will go to MFGS.


Summer Music & Festivals



MFGS Friends Andrew York & Alex DeGrassi

Will be guest artists at the

Interlochen  Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop 2019

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 to Saturday, July 27, 2019




July 26th & 27th 

Indiana Guitar Festival 2019 & Competition



The Canadian Guitar Festival
The Vision is 2020!



The Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival !!

 & Competition 2019

The international guitar community of Fretmonkey and world-renowned fingerstyle guitar record label CandyRat Records have joined forces to host a monumental fingerstyle guitar event celebrating all genres of fingerstyle guitar! 

September 13th - 17th

Morrilton, Arkansas.


Camp Mitchell located on the bluff of Petit Jean Mountain

in Morrilton, Arkansas.



Walnut Valley Festival and Competition

is in September 18th through the 22nd




Don't forget to check out the latest May/June 2019 in fingerstyle and contemporary acoustic music featuring 

Will Ackerman, Vin Downes, Todd Mosby and Trevor Gordon Hall, "Four Guitars," 2019



they have a great archive of podcasts for your listening pleasure way back to 2006!







Some new video's from our friends at

Candyrat Records





Don't forget our friends at Bayberry Music in Ferndale for violins, guitars, strings and repairs




Also our northern friends at Strings By Mail




 I'm sure you've thought of building your own acoustic guitar, or you will think of it while reading this!  It feels like you’d be light years from being able to do that. 


Now with the help of a long time local luthier Gary Zimnicki  teaming up with the folks at the Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute in Adrian



We wouldn't be where we are without Trinity House Theatre

or 20 Front Street

Please help MFGS get the word out about our concerts.

(Without you we wouldn't be here (and neither would the artists!!))



The Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society is a 501 (3) (c) non-profit organization promoting  the art of Contemporary Acoustic Guitar through workshops and performances since 2001  


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Friday April 6th - Stefano Barone - Update on Ian Ethan Case


Dear Friends of MFGS

Friday April 6th Stefano Barone will be appearing at Trinity House Theatre in Livonia.  This will be the first Detroit area performance for him on this Midwest tour.  Barone was invited to perform in the US by the Detroit Free Press Film Festival.   

"Music plays an important role in making of a documentary film. A song can set the pacing of the edit, reinforce an emotional note and evoke a mood in a single scene or throughout the film. Detroit Free Press senior video producer and director Brian Kaufman use of music is an integral part of his editing process as evident in his films “12th and Clairmount,” “Predator/Prey: The Fight for Isle Royale’s Wolves,” and his latest film “The Wall” that is world premiering at Freep Film Festival this year. And the man behind much of that music is internationally known contemporary acoustic guitarist and composer Stefano Barone".                                             Detroit Free Press

Trinity House Theater - Friday April 6th

38840 Six Mile Rd, Livonia


 Doors at 7:30 / Show at 8pm

Tickets are $20 online at or at the door.

Initially Stefano was playing piano and guitar at a young age in Naples.  In 2003 Stefano first heard the album  "Arial Boundries" by the amazing guitarist Michael Hedges.  Barone changed his approach to music after hearing that and moved to Rome to study composition and technique with Pino Forastiere. He embraced contemporary music, especially American Minimalism along the lines of Steve Reich and Philip Glass. 

Stefano Barone was introduced to us by his initial groundbreaking CD 'Particolare#uno' in 2008 and his piece 'Batman/Alexander Supertramp' had over 3.5 million views on YouTube.  His first appearance in the Detroit area was in 2010 with the Italian contemporary trio 'Guitar Republic' consisting of Barone, Pino Forastiere and Sergio Altamura. 

Barone has now evolved his music into a powerful dynamic blend of 6 and 10 string guitars along with a multitrack machine and even incorporating a cello bow by adjusting the fretboard of his D-28 Martin guitar.  Here is a short take of Stefano performing a Philip Glass piece 'Facades'.

"Stefano's music is akin to great storytelling, eliciting a broad range of emotions and an even broader range of sounds from an instrument that often sounds nothing like a guitar. As a documentary filmmaker, I was immediately drawn to its power."           Emmy Award Winning Director – Brian Kaufman  


Ian Ethan Case concert at 20 Front Street on Thursday March 29th has been postponed !!! due to an injury to Ian.  We hope he will heal well and get back on the road quickly.  We know he wants to come back to this area as soon as he can. If you've purchased tickets please call 20 Front Street 248-783-7105

Our next newsletter will have more information on the upcoming Freep Film Festival and our other shows.

and remember  !!!!


Thanks for supporting these artists and venues that make this music happen!

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From Rome, Italy - Stefano Barone - Multiple Dates


Dear Friends of MFGS

We have another amazing set of concerts coming up!  Starting,

from Rome Italy,

  contemporary guitarist/composer

Stefano Barone

 Stefano Barone has been to the States several times in the past as a solo artist and also part of the avant-garde Italian trio Guitar Republic. 

This year Stefano was invited to the US to perform during the Detroit Free Press Film Festival April 11th - 15th.  Free Press Executive Video Producer and Director Brian Kaufman has used Stefano's compositions for several of his most recent films including this years world premiere of 'The Wall'.  Barone will perform a short set prior to 2 films and then an afternoon engagement and discussion on music and film with Brian Kaufman & Stefano. 

Born in Naples, Barone studied piano in his youth and then turned to the acoustic guitar. In 2003 after hearing the late Michael Hedges striking album 'Arial Boundaries', Barone changed his approach to music and moved to Rome to study with the renowned Pino Forastiere.  Barone embraced contemporary music, in particular American Minimalism following along the lines of Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Dominic Frasca.  

His pieces are created with a 6 and 10 stringed guitar, a multi-track machine  along with using a cello bow to orchestrate  his compositions and arrangements. His music has a cinematic quality to it because it creates perfect balance bordering between acoustic and electronic sound.

Barone will be appearing at a series of appearances and performances in Michigan while he is here.

Friday April 6th - Trinity House Theatre - Tickets are $20 and available at

Friday April 13th - 20 Front Street in Lake Orion - Tickets $18 and available at 20 Front Street,

For his other appearances at The Robin Theatre in Lansing, Red Sky Stage in PetoskeySection House in Little Lakes please go to for information. In addition to the above performances Barone will be giving masterclasses at Peck School of the Arts in Milwaukee and Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.

"Stefano's music is akin to great storytelling, eliciting a broad range of emotions and an even broader range of sounds from an instrument that often sounds nothing like a guitar. As a documentary filmmaker, I was immediately drawn to its power."           Brian Kaufman - Detroit Free Press


Ian Ethan Case

Thursday March 29th @ 20 Front Street

tickets are $18 and available at

Ian returns for a performance with his double neck ovation. Its so hard to describe his music other than amazing so here is

'Butter II ' 


Goran Ivanovic & Fareed Haque return to

20 Front Street On Friday April 27th

 (shot on the gorgeous stage at 20 Front Street)

tickets are $20 and available at


Save the date for

MFGS's own JB Davies

May 6th

The Platt Theatre, Pontiac Michigan

More info to come soon!!!


Luca Stricagnoli & Calum Graham

on Friday May 18th  @ Trinity House Theatre and Saturday May 19th 2 shows at 20 Front Street in Lake Orion

Tickets on sale for Trinity HOuse at 

For 20 Front Street

This will be an amazing performance by 2 of the guitarists who will be making music for many years to come. 

Luca -

Calum -


Announcing Andy McKee Wednesday June 13th at 20 Front Street.  More info coming soon!


We would like to thank all of you who came out to see Don Ross at Trinity House Theatre and 20 Front Street.

Both shows were sold out and Don put on a great performance along with interspersing his humorous stories along the way.  The sound at both venues was amazing due to the work of John McCoy at Trinity House and Jim Rawlings at 20 Front Street. Don & his 3 guitars made it back to Nova Scotia in one piece and Don would love to come back again. A thanks to the folks at Trinity House and 20 Front Street for keeping these venues open for live music.   


AND did you ever  want to build a Concert Ukulele ?

May 19th & 20th

Sam Bradfords Workshop hosts Michigan Luthier Gary Zimnicki for a 2 day workshop.

As a non profit volunteer organization we appreciate you getting the word out and posting flyers!  Just email us at and we'll send you one.

If you hear of other concerts or events let us know and we will post them.


To know what's going on in the world of contemporary acoustic guitar

Visit Minor 7th March/April Edition

where the best in new guitar CD releases are reviewed, with an emphasis on acoustic, independent and obscure guitar music.

This month: Michael Kobrin (fingerstyle), Bryce Mullins (fingerstyle), Chastity Brown (singer-songwriter), Morild (jazz), Simon Linsteadt (singer-songwriter), Alice DiMicele (singer-songwriter), Julien & John (jazz/pop), Rupert Wates (singer-songwriter).

Also be sure to check out the brief reviews of Robin Lee Berry (singer-songwriter), Eric Loy (fingerstyle) and Richard Knott (blues) at "Short Takes."

"Like" us on Facebook. We now also have artist links to Spotify, so you can stream the music right away.

WE ARE GIVING AWAY copies of three CDs reviewed in this issue of Minor 7th, so be sure to register to win!.


Also, check out some of the great new releases and where your favorite artists are touring on Candyrat Records

Thanks for supporting these artists and venues that make this music happen!

Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society is a 501 (3) (c) non-profit organization promoting  Guitar Workshops and performances since 2001 or Facebook

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Spring Concert Series and other Guitar Events



All of us here at MFGS wish you much happiness and health in this New Year!!!  


Thursday, February 4th, 2016
Doors open: 6:00pm Start time: 7:00pm
Tim and Myles Thompson 
The Hanging Tree House Concert Series 
Washington,  Michigan 48095 

Suggested Donation: $15-$20

100% of donation goes to the artist

Address will be provided with your RSVP confirmatio

lease RSVP to:

for more info , copy and paste

Bring a dish to pass and join us for a potluck (optional) with music to follow at 7 pm. BYOB 


Before we present our Spring Series we would like you to know about an important benefit concert on 

Saturday February 13 in Ann Arbor next month at The Ark

Breakfast at St. Andrews Benefit Concert!

 St. Andrews has provided breakfast for anyone who needs it and one of their most important fundraisers is this event put on by Acoustic Routes

  Doors Open: 7:00 pm   Show Starts: 7:30 pm   Ticket Price: $30


For an interesting Detroit Event 

Detroit BOLD Presents

In the Spirit of Sadie Hawkins

Saturday February 27th 7p to 10p 

at Eastern Market, Detroit

Honoring Detroit's rich history of Working Women, Detroit Bold in partnership with the Eastern Market presents: In the Spirit of Sadie Hawkins, a Launch Party for the Million Bag March to build viable, self-sustaining Community Cafes in Detroit neighborhoods.

SHED 5, Detroit Eastern Market. 7-10 PM
JUST $10

Featuring: Music of Motown, The Willow Run Rosies, and on-site Craftswomen of Detroit


For this 2016 MFGS Spring Concert Series 

we are featuring 3 performances, 2 of the guitarist are performing with MFGS for the first time!  

 On Saturday March 19th at Trinity House Theatre we are hosting Maneli Jamal.  Maneli has quite a diverse background having lived in 5 different countries and moved 20 times before he was 18.  His compositions are a unique blend of his incredible technical skill woven with the history of his family’s nomadic journey.


Here is 'Movement 1 - Awakening' from his CD 'Lamaj Movement


Maneli has received many accolades from audiences and guitarists alike and he was named one of the '30 Great Guitarists Under 30' by Acoustic Guitar Magazine along with MFGS friends Trevor Gordon Hall and Calum Graham. 

 "Jamal shows his mastery of phrasing, a sumptuous tone, and an ability to wrest emotion from every note, even from the pauses between the notes." -  Minor 7th - Céline Keating

 "Maneli Jamal is an upcoming star and is writing some powerful music with a personal narrative that is compelling and meaningful."  -  Andrew York, Grammy Award Winning Guitarist

Tickets are now on sale at  Trinity House Theatre does not take reservations any more.  

Door at 7:30 and show at 8pm 

$20 general admission, $17 for Trinity House Members



 On Wednesday April 6th we are hosting MFGS friend and an amazing guitarist  from Roma, Italia  Stefano Barone.   

***This performance will be at Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor  ***

 Barone, born in Naples, moved to Rome, studied with Pino Forastiere and signed with our friends at Candyrat Records   Stefano has accomplished some amazing feats by having over nearly 5 million views of his compositions on Youtube.  The depth and originality of his music is unmatched.  

 Here is one of Stefano's most recent pieces from his CD 'Danze Altalenanze' called 'Altalenanze'


"Michael Hedges would have been proud that his legacy has been so transformed into the new Millennium by such luminaries as Stefano Barone"   Minor 7th - Alan Fark 


Tickets will be on sale soon at Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor


Saturday May 14th - Goran Ivanovic Trio!  

Although this is a bit of a reach for our typical solo fingerstyle guitarists performances you will find yourself listening to a refreshing jazzy, Latin, Eastern European sound on this night.  

Take a guitarist who was born in Croatia and at age 12 entered one of the most prestigious music schools in Europe 'Mozarteum' in Salzburg where he studied under such famed guitarists such as Eliot Fisk and Joaquin Clerch.  

 Then after years of performing on his Richard Brune nylon string guitar, mix him with a drummer and bass player in Chicago and you have the Goran Ivanovic Trio!

The Goran Ivanovic Trio will perform at Trinity House Theatre in Livonia on Saturday May 14th.    



For those interested – Kaki King is performing Monday January 18th  at The Ark



Upcoming Classical Guitar Society of Michigan Events


Sunday, January 17, 2016, 2 pm; Plymouth Public Library

Sunday, February 21, Sunday March 20th, Sunday April 17th, Sunday May 15th,


Barrios Guitar Quartet - Sunday, May 1, 2016 – 3:00 PM


Check out our friends at Minor 7th  - Purchasing CDs through Minor 7th helps keep them keepin on bringing you The Best In Non-Mainstream Acoustic Guitar Music!


Also our friends at Candyrat have a great selection of artists and CDs/Flash Drives  to choose from check out their latest additions at



Support the musicians, venues and organizations that bring us such great music! 


Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society is a 501 (3) (c) non-profit organization promoting Guitar Workshops and performances since 2001


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

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California Guitar Trio @ Trinity House Theatre


Dear Friends of MFGS

Just an update on some important events for this fall.  Trinity House has booked a couple of our great friends so we thought you should know about it.   Not much else to say about these guys.  Amazing musicians and some of the nicest guitarists on the planet.   

Bert Lams from Belgium, Hideyo Moriya from Japan, and Paul Richards from Utah form the California Guitar Trio!

September 21st 2014 !!!

This is a Sunday show so music starts at 7pm! 

Doors at 6:30.  

Grab dinner nearby and watch a unforgetable performance 

 Tickets are $25 and $22 for Trinity House Members . 

Trinity House Theatre 38840 West Six Mile
Livonia, MI 48152 -734-464-6302

These shows will sell out so get tickets now!

Upcoming show @ Trinity House

October 25 – Trace Bundy - 8:00 p.m., Tickets $20, $17 subscribers


Western Michigan Concerts

Laurence Juber Oct. 23rd and 24th


Thanks for supporting the artists who create this beautiful music and the venues that allow them to perform!

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

Promoting Guitar Workshops and Performances since 2001,   

Web site -       email:    

   or Facebook!

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





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Picking Party October 30th - CGT Concert November 5th


California Guitar Trio

Saturday November 5th

Show starts at 7:30 pm. Doors at 6:30

First United Methodist Church – In Ferndale

22331 Woodward Ave. – Just south of 9 mile road

Tickets available now online @ or at the door

$25 general admission

The California Guitar Trio is Paul Richards of Salt Lake City, Utah; Bert Lams of Affligem, Belgium; and Hideyo Moriya of Chiba, Japan. The trio first met in England in 1987 while studying with iconic King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp. After touring together as part of Fripp’s League of Crafty Guitarists, the three guitarists convened in Los Angeles and founded The California Guitar Trio in 1991.

The CGT plays a unique style, with guitars weaving an intricate knot work of interlocking parts to form a whole. Richards, Lams, and Moriya can create music which sounds like it is performed on a kind of “super-piano” and at other times unfolds in an ethereal, otherworldly psychedelia. In space, CGT’s music was played to wake the astronauts aboard the NASA space shuttle “Endeavor”. Here on Earth, the trio’s music has been featured extensively on NPR, NBC’s Olympics coverage, and various CBS, CNN, and ESPN TV programs.

California Guitar Trio will be sponsoring a Guitar Workshop from 3pm -5pm the day of the show. This is for guitarists of all levels and it is a remarkable opportunity to spend 2 hours with the world renowned guitarists of CGT and then pick out your seats, watch sound check or grab a bite to eat before the show begins.

Workshop Tickets are $40

Workshop attendees receive concert tickets for $15

Call 248-646-4030 to reserve a spot. 





GUITAR SHOW!!! Gordy’s Music will present a guitar show will be SUNDAY NOVEMBER 6th 2011. Show is from 10:00am to 4:00pm and will be held at the MRCC Banquet & Convention Center 'formerly the Mabry Center'. 23397 Mound Road -Warren, MI 48091 call 248.546.7447 for more information.

Other Fingerstyle Guitar Events

October 24th Guitar Masters Tourat the Ark featuring MFGS friends Antoine Dufour, Andy McKee and Stephen Bennett -

November 12th – George Worthmore@ Trinity House in Livonia – 734-464-6302–

November 13th – Luthier’s Workshop at Bluefish Guitars in Plymouth. Starts at 1pm.

And from our friends @ Classical Guitar Society of Michigan -

Friday, November 4th @ - 8:00pm- Xufei Yang, guitar plays Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, November 6th @ 3:00pm - Special Student Recital& Meeting of the Classic Guitar Society of Michigan-Dearborn Historical Museum's McFadden-Ross House

Saturday, November 12 - 12:00pmJohannes Möller, Masterclass

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

248-646-4030 -Call us if you can help post flyers !!

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Thanks For Your Support and Don't Miss This Event!!!


Dear Friends of MFGS

We would like to take a moment to thank you for your support in this our 10th season of presenting Fingerstyle Guitar concerts, workshops and picking parties.  Thanks to Mike Moss @ Callahan's for offering his venue for our concerts and to Pete who does the sound in the house. Can't forget our 'main man'  soundman extroidinare, Rick Ratcliff.

We would like to thank these truly amazing guitarists who came to the  Detroit Area to perform and teach Fingerstyle Guitar.  Preston Reed, Pierre Bensusan, Tony McManus, Stefano Barone, Craig D'Andrea, Antoine Dufour, Gareth Pearson, Ewan Dobson, California Guitar Trio (Bert Lams, Paul Richards & Hideo Moriya)  & International Guitar Night consisting of  Pino Forastiere, Brian Gore, Alexandre Gismonti and Clive Carrol.

More thanks to those that support our picking parties

Paul Murphy of Bluefish Music in Plymouth  ,

Tracey Ambrozy of Tracey's Cafe in Warren,

Gordy Shelst of  Shelest Music in St. Clair Shores.

Also a huge, huge thanks to Rob Poland of Candyrat Records  for his support of our organization and his efforts in promoting guitar music and singer songwriters all over the world. 

We cannot thank enough our dear friend and a fabulous supporter of Fingerstyle Music Pam Rossi of 'Overeasy'.  Sadly her show was cancelled and we certainly miss her and wish her well.  Music misses her too!

We still have Ann Delisi on WDET 

and her cohort  host of Acoustic Cafe Rob Reinhart and Essential Music on WDET

Enjoy the summer and if your looking for a great guitar fix you cannot miss the Canadian Fingerstyle Festival coming up at the end of July.  It is a bit of a hike to get there but once you look at the lineup you'll think more than twice on whether to go there.   Click on this site and look through the amazing lineup and the location &  Hope to see you there !!!

On our facebook page!/pages/Michigan-Fingerstyle-Guitar-Society/145932971825  you can post if you are driving or looking for rides to the Canadian Festival.  Also VIA Rail leaves from Windsor (and other points in between) and considering the price of gas I think the rail line is pretty competetive. 

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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Cancellation of the Andy McKee Concert on 7/17/2010


It was with great regret that MFGS received word that the Andy McKee show on July 17th was canceled.  We have nothing but the highest regard for Andy's considerable talent and his obvious world-wide following.  Unfortunately there were several demands on our organization that we couldn’t accommodate, the most significant of which was Andy's cancellation of the planned guitar workshop,  which had been advertised on both our and Andy’s website for several months.

We are not promoters, and have no profit motive. We are an all volunteer non-profit organization that has existed for ten years now with the sole purpose of advancing the art of Fingerstyle guitar.  Prior to committing to host a performer we require that all performers agree to lead a workshop to allow our members to learn from the artist. We always give the artist 100% of the money collected from workshop attendees. Andy has done this for us twice in the past & he committed to lead one before this concert.  We, as well as the attendees, were looking forward to learning from him again as well.

Our organization sponsors six to seven concerts and workshops a year and never arranges these events in the summertime.  Our initial date of May was changed due to Andy's tour bookings and given our mutually appreciative history with Andy, we nonetheless were able to find a very popular replacement venue during the month of July. There was a mutual commitment for this performance and we tried to complete the contract negotiations.  We had hoped that the nominal remaining differences existing in the proposed contract could be bridged.

We intended no disrespect, condescension or insult to Andy. We regret that he feels otherwise and truly apologize to him for any distress this has caused him. We are disappointed that this issue was brought forth in a such a public manner and we have endeavored to speak directly with Andy, but have been unsuccessful. As such, we felt this public reply was necessary.

In the past ten years the MFGS has sponsored countless concerts for the world's most talented guitarists, hosted a similar number of artist workshops and have given back to our community by providing our musicianship on a not for profit basis. The majority of these artists are given accommodations in our homes and we do not take any percent of merchandising in order to support the artists. We pride ourselves on establishing and maintaining excellent relationships with the many gifted musicians who have played Detroit via our auspices. To our constituents, we apologize that this concert was canceled and will look forward to seeing you at our fall series. Note that Andy intends to play a concert in Ann Arbor in the fall and we will post its particulars at the appropriate time.

Thank you.
The MFGS Board of Directors

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Picking Party at Blue Fish Music this Sunday!

Sunday 8/12/2007   (12:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Blue Fish Music
744 Starkweather Street
Plymouth, MI 48170

Refreshments, snacks and guitar reviews.  Everyone guaranteed to have a good time.  There will also be a guitar clinic, the owner is an expert at guitar repair.


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New Picking Party added to the schedule.

5/20/2007   (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Dearborn Historical Museum
915 Brady Street
Dearborn, MI

We've worked out a May 20th date (Sunday afternoon) from 2pm - 5pm for a picking party hosted by Kirt Gross at the Dearborn Historical Museum.  The event is open to everyone that's interested in playing fingerstyle guitar.  All picking parties are open to everyone that is interested in just listening as well.  Hope to see you all there.

The Museum is located on Brady Street in west Dearborn.  Brady Street intersects Michigan Avenue about a mile west of Southfield and a block east of Oakwood.  There a light at Brady and Michigan Avenue and a car dealership on the south side.  There is also a closed motel on the NE corner of the intersection.

The picking party will be in the McFadden-Ross House which is located at 915 Brady Street in west Dearborn.  The house is just north of Michigan Avenue and parking is in the adjacent lot to the north of the house.

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Masa Sumide Workshop this Sunday


On Sunday, March 11th 12:00pm (sharp) to 2pm Masa 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.  The workshop will be held at the First United Methodist Church.

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Picking Party Friday March 9th in Berkley

On Friday March 9th we're hosting a picking party at the  Coffee Beanery in Berkley for anyone that's interested in performing or listening to some fingerstyle guitar.   Open to the public.  Hope to see you there. 

3/9/2007   (7:30 PM - 10:00 PM)
Coffee Beanery
28557 Woodward Avenue
Berkley, MI 48072
Open to the membership and public. (no charge)

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Helping the MFGS Advertise


One of the most successful ways we have of advertising our concert series is through our members and friends spreading the word.   Below are links to various promotional materials that are suitable for printing and posting in appropriate areas (break rooms at work, etc).    In return for promoting our concerts you will receive our sincerest gratitude :)     Hope to see you at an upcoming show!


Masa Sumide 2007 | Tony McManus 2007 | Don Ross 2007 | MFGS Spring 2007

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MFGS Spring Concert Series 2007


The Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society is pleased to announce the Spring 2007 Concert Series.  This spring we'll be featuring Masa Sumide and Tony McManus who will both be performing their first concerts for the MFGS.   The MFGS will also welcome back Canadian fingerstyle artist Don Ross for his fifth performance.

The Concerts:

Masa Sumide

On Saturday, March 10th Masa Sumide 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 $15, Seniors/Students $10 or can be purchased online at

On Sunday, March 11th 12:00pm (sharp) to 2pm Masa 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.  The workshop will be held at the First United Methodist Church.

Masa is one of Japan’s most revered Fingerstyle guitarists.  His style can be described as funky, jazzy, percussive and even groovy.  This melding pot of influences and the way he presents it will leave the listener speechless. 

Read the complete press release for Masa Sumide.

Video Clips: Hop, Step & Funk | That Feeling of Love

Tony McManus

On Saturday, March 24th 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 $15, Seniors/Students $10 or can be purchased online at

On  Sunday, March 25th Tony will be conducting a hands-on workshop from 12:00pm(sharp) to 2pm.  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.

"The best Celtic guitarist in the world"

"The finest guitarist Scotland has ever produced"

Read the complete press release for Tony  McManus.

Don Ross

On Saturday, April 21st, Don Ross 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 $15, Seniors/Students $10 or can be purchased online at Everyone is encouraged to purchase advance tickets due to the large turnout of Don's performance for the MFGS.

On Saturday afternoon, April 21st, before the concert Don 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.

Read the complete press release for Don Ross.

Video Clips: Michael, Michael, Michael | Never got to Pernambuco

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Fingerstyle Volunteers Needed


Dear Fellow Fingerstyle Members:

The realities of life are that while we may love fingerstyle guitar, one must make a living with a "real" job. Many of your Board members who have been instrumental in orchestrating the concerts, workshops and picking parties are simply too busy too get back into the fingerstyle promotion business to the point where it can be handled appropriately.

Therefore, we are looking for a few good men and/or women who want to become more involved in shaping the course of this organization. The little break we took has been good and has underscored the continuing interest among members and the public for what we do. As a charitable organization, it is incumbent upon our members to contribute in order to survive and thrive.

If you are at all interested in getting more involved, I urge your to contact one of us and let us know where you would like to contribute. We are planning a March/April concert series to start things up again. Your input would be appreciated. Thank you.

Kind regards,
JB Davies on behalf of the Board of Directors
Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society
255 E. Brown St. Suite 101
Birmingham, MI. 48009
248-646-4030 Office
248-646-4598 Fax

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MFGS Update

As many of you have noticed the MFGS has been taking a break for most of the summer and fall months of 2006.  Rest assured we're alive and well.  We're starting the process of putting together a new concert series for the Spring of 2007. 

We're looking for people willing to volunteer their time to assist with society activities.   Activites such as organizing or hosting group get togethers, picking parties, and other guitar related events. 

If you're interested please contact Janet at the MFGS office for more information on how you can assist.

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Upcoming concert

Hi folks.. Looking forward to seeing the members of the Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society coming out in force to the upcoming show in Sterling Heights this coming saturday night.  This show is for a great  cause and is a terrific  opportunity for our Society members to show support for each other, which in the performing world is HUGE.  We really need to keep spreading the word of this great genre of music that we're all involved in and the best way to do that is to support as many of our member's gigs as possible and bring friends and family to show them just how marvelous this music is.  Its not just the board members that can do this... its each and every member. So please grab the family and friends and come out to the show.  Its an early night and I know I can speak for the performers in that we'd be honored and very very pleased to see you all. 

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Don't miss this workshop!


My fellow guitar players, it isn't often that we get the chance to learn from brilliant instructors who's techniques improve the playing of anyone, regardless their level of skill.

Ed Gerhard is one of those exceptional instructors. He teaches so much more than technique. He teaches expression. His theme song, "The River is Wide" is a perfect example. A simple old folk song, known by everyone, but when played by Ed brings tears to the eyes of most in the audience. How does he do that?

So many teachers are concerned with technique, and Ed's technique is certainly exemplary, but with Ed's help you'll gain the ability to express yourself in ways you've never dreamed of.

If I had to pick only one workshop to attend this year, beyond question it would be Ed Gerhards.

We still have space left, in fact too much. If we don't get response soon we'll have to cancel. Please, sign up today. You won't be disappointed.

Jeb McIntyre

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Fingerstyle Happenings

Fingerstyle Occurrences:
Jere's Picks. . .
Greetings Guitarheads.
Just a little communiqué regarding members of the MFGS, their friends, and their guitar adventures.

Had a chance to drop by the Woman's Club of Royal Oak (just west of downtown) to listen to 3 fine guitar-players APRIL 22nd.  It was an EARTH DAY SERVICE & FUNDRAISER FOR ROYAL OAK ANIMAL SHELTER.  New board member Craig Porter opened the show with some lively ragtime  guitar.  He performed Hesitation Blues, Barnyard Dance and a whole slew of crowd-pleasers.  He sang on most of the tunes and played a little mandolin (the big one is called octave) and delighted the listeners in general.
Next up was Mark Hawks (one the MFGS founders).  There is no better member of our society (that I am aware of) who is so perfect a living breathing advertisement for our concert season. . .  He plays the music of almost EVERYONE we bring to town.  He had the crowd slack-jawed as he performed pieces by Laurence Juber, Al Petteway, Alex de Grassi, Preston Reed & other notable fingerstyle artists – Plus a Beatles song which I believe was an Ed Gerhard arrangement.  Finally, our evening closer was professional guitarist and educator Nick Schillace.  He plays guitar in a number of projects: Great Lake Trawler, Indoor Park and O Death, but on this night we enjoyed his solo repertoire.  Nick counts John Fahey as a prime influence and it shows in his very American frontier "Let's see where the river takes us" sensibility.  He is a lot of fun to listen to, and I appreciated the nod to the great Brazilian guitarist Bola Sete.  Check his website, or at
and buy his CD called BOX CANYON.

On Saturday April 29th several members congregated at founder JB Davies residence to tryout some new Sheldon Schwartz guitars first hand.  Schwartz is a luthier based in Ontario Canada and several of our  membership have had guitars custom-built by this highly skilled artisan.  He had 2 nearly identical guitars rich in abalone inlay. One of Koa wood, and another of East Indian Rosewood, with both soundbounds of Master-Grade Sitka Spruce.  It was a sonic treat to hear so many different guitarists do their "things" in an astonishing array of styles. Check out his website:
If this kind fun sounds like well, kind of fun . . .  Join our society and you'll see that it is!

Picking parties:  Over the years we have hosted guitar circles we like to call Picking Parties.  The last couple have been at the Ferndale Coffee Beanery. It is a fine forum for those of us who like to play for an audience.  However, we do have some Picking Parties in the homes of our members although none are scheduled at this time . . . bringing me to the next point:  Think about hosting one.  Just takes 2 or 3 hours. Nothing fancy required.  You name the place and the appointed hour.  It's pretty low maintenance because the guitarist are really there to play, not to sample finger food.  (Or we'd be the Michigan Finger-Food Guitar Society). And finally, another reminder to check out one of the premier guitar instrumentalists around: Ed Gerhard.  I missed him last time, but I won't miss him this time:

Saturday May 6 at the First United Methodist Church
22331 Woodward Avenue
Ferndale, MI 48220
Doors at 6:30 Showtime at 7:30
Tickets $15, Seniors and Children $10
Plus Ed will be holding a workshop Sunday May 7th
Space is limited and by reservation only.
And finally, please check out our newsletter page on the website:

And triple finally, I will be playing some sample of this kind of
fingerstyle guitar music on the radio Tuesday early evening from 5 to
7pm on WXOU FM 88.3.
It is really easy to stream on your computer at
I will play liberal doses of grammy-winning Ed Gerhard in anticipation
of his concert THIS SATURDAY.
See you there, Jere out
If you have any questions please send an email to or .

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America Online Blocking MFGS emails

We found out last week that AOL seems to be blocking all email from the MFGS.  Our email services provided by somehow ended up on the blocked list.  We're trying to resolve the problem but everyone using an AOL email address should add a new email address from a different provider to receive our newsletters for the forseeable future.

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Guitar Society supplies tranquil sounds for unstable times

By: Jim Dombrowski story updated March 20. 2006 9:11AM
reprinted courtesy of Prime Times, Monroe Publishing Co.

In these times of world turmoil, natural disaster and an uncertain economy, what could be more natural than to seek solace in a church?

On a recent Saturday night at First United Methodist Church in Ferndale, the sound coming from the apse wasn’t the voice of a minister, but someone else filling a spiritual need.

On that most bitter of winter nights, a lone guitarist sat on a stool and wrapped an audience of around 200 in a comforting blanket of sound. The tunes ranged from familiar American anthems to original instrumentals that could be a soundtrack for a nature documentary.

The artist was Stephen Bennett, whose tools of the trade are a wealth of musical knowledge, a weathered 1930 National Steel guitar and his great-grandfather’s harp guitar.

The harp guitar is a vintage piece of wizardy that is the marriage of two instruments that looks like it takes three hands to play and sounds as unique as its appearance.

Mr. Bennett is one of many virtuoso guitarists contributing to this winter’s concert series sponsored by the Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society. Founder Mark Hawks says that the Guitar Society started out in 2001 with a small group of musicians who shared a love for fingerstyle guitar playing and evolved into an organization with a 100 members that produces workshops and concerts promoting the musical genre.

The harp guitar was developed in the 19th century to allow guitarists a way to augment their sound by offering a second set of strings that when plucked create notes that resonate on top of what is being played below on the guitar portion of the instrument.

Guitarist Andy McKee of Kansas, who was on this year’s bill, also included the harp guitar in his show. Not all of the performers employ such unusual instruments, but if you attend a fingerstyle performance, you will be witness some unorthodox playing that will forever change the way you view that instrument. Fingerstyle musicians have occasionally been known to turn their guitars into a member of the percussion family. There’s a style of percussive picking where the musicians use the fingers of both hands to rapidly hammer on the fretboard with occasional forceful pounding on the body that’s electryfing to watch. Anyone who has witnessed a Billy McLaughlin concert can attest to how mind-bending this type of performing can be. It’s a wonder that he hasn’t been charged with assault on an inanimate object.

"I think we’ve gained a really good reputation for booking great performers" said Mr. Hawks. "Our focus is definitely on great acoustic fingerstyle guitar technique but we also want to make sure that the audience is entertained. The shows we present are enjoyable to both the general music fans as well as the folks that like to sit in the front row to watch the artists’ fingers."

This readily recognizable style of guitar playing has been around for a long time and is regularly incorporated into pop and jazz standards, but it’s difficult to point to musicians who have made a career out of this narrowly defined genre. Mr. Hawks usually cites Leo Kotke, Michael Hedges and Alex de Grassi who helped to establish the fingerstyle sound.

Although accomplished, the artists performing in the concert series are hardly household names. The highest profile performer might be Laurence Juber who performed with Paul McCartney and Wings in the ‘70s.

The remainder of this season’s concert series consists of Minnesota finger-picker, Pat Donohue (who can be heard each week as a member of "The Guys All-Star Shoe Band" on National Public Radio’s "A Prairie Home Companion) on March 11, Al Petteway & Amy White on April 1 and Ed Gerhard on May 6.

Sound samples can be heard on the Guitar Society’s Web site.

All performances are at the First United Methodist Church in Ferndale located at 2231 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. The admission is $15 for the general public and $10 for students and seniors. There’s even homemade pie at a reasonable price served in the basement by the church’s ladies club during intermission.

"Over the last few years we seem to have developed a reputation with many of the artists as being one of the best venues in the country for fingerstyle guitar. We’re all really proud of that distinction" said Mr. Hawks.

Visit for more information or call (248) 646-4030.

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MFGS players perform at benefit concert

The Church of the Holy City
Proudly Presents
“Everything’s Coming Up Music!”
(A Spring Guitar Fest)
Saturday, April 22, 2006

All Proceeds will benefit the Royal Oak Animal Shelter and The Church of the Holy City.  Featuring performers from the Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society.

Craig Porter - Plays and sings traditional country blues, ragtime and folk music.
Mark Hawks - Contemporary acoustic fingerstyle guitar.
Nick Schillace - Detroit area musician, teacher, and musicologist.

The Church of the Holy City
Located at 404 S. Pleasant and 4th Street, Royak Oak, MI
(Corner of 4th Street, between Woodward & Washington)
Contact Phone No:  (248) 546-7683

Saturday, April 22, 2006
Doors open at 7:00PM
Program:  7:30 – 10:00PM
Intermission at 8:30PM – Munchies / Meet and Greet
9:30-10:00PM – CD table perusal and encores.
Tickets are $10.00 at the door; Children Under 18 Free!

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I-696 To Close this Weekend

For anyone traveling on I-696 to the Al & Amy concert this Saturday or the workshop this Sunday please be advised that the freeway will be closed from M-5 to Northwestern Hwy.  Please find an alternate route to Ferndale.

Here's the info:

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Celtic, Blues & Beyond Workshop with Al Petteway

 Sunday, April 2nd, 2006
First United Methodist Church
22331 Woodward Avenue
Ferndale, MI 48220
1pm - 3pm
Tickets $35 Members | $40 General public

Al Petteway will be conducting a two hour hands-on fingerstyle guitar workshop.  The workshop will focus on techniques and will feature a selection from Al's Celtic, Blues and Beyond book.  Some tablature will be handed out at the workshop but the focus will be on listening to the sound coming from one's instrument.   As Al says, " I like my students to use tab as a memory aid not as part of the performing experience."

Reserve your spot now.  Al's workshops typically sell out.  Workshop space limited.  Cost is $35 for MFGS members, $40 for the General Public. Email Mark Hawks for reservations or info.   Hope to see you there.

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MFGS Trinkets for sale online

If you visit the Fingerstyle shop at CafePress you can purchase gear sporting the MFGS logo.  Visit for all of gear.


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