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Update on Fingerstyle Events and Fall Concert Series Leaked!


Dear Friends of MFGS

We are hoping that you are enjoying the nice weather that finally came our way. We have included a few new events in this newsletter, some of which we sponsor and some we promote for our friends. 

First off; Italy's Stefano Barone is heading up to Blissfest 2019 to hang with the likes of Martin Sexton, Canned Heat and Winfield winner, Christie Lenée  

Barone brings with him his own accolades as he and his Guitar Republic bandmates Pino Forastiere and Sergio Altamura supplied music for the 2018 Pulitizer Prize winning film 'The Wall' Directed by Detroit's own, and the Freeps Brian Kaufman and produced by Kathy Kisielewski.  It's available on Amazon

Stefano will be performing 2 free events in the Metro Detroit Area.

On Friday July 19th he will be at the DIA's Friday Night Live Series in the Diego Rivera Court with performances at 7pm and 8:30.  The DIA has a great dining area and you can peruse the amazing art before the performance and during intermission.  Bring your friends and enjoy an amazing night of visual and auditory art!

On Saturday July 20th Stefano, along with the young and upcoming Alberto 'Bear' Whitmer will be performing at Bayberry Music in Ferndale. Bayberry is located at 23430 Woodward in Ferndale. 248-439-0700.  Bayberry's Luthier Andrew Pursell and Shop manager Joel VanderLinde will be on hand to show the store and repair/construction facilities. 

Alberto Whitmer will be competing in the Indiana Guitar Competition so you can get a preview of his chops as he will perform a few pieces before Stefano performs. Whitmer is currently enrolled in the world renowned  Fingerstyle College at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee under the tutelage of the one and only John Stropes!  Here is Alberto performing one of Michael Hedges pieces

We will provide food and beverages so please stop on by! 

 Because space is limited !!! Please !!!

you must either call 248-953-6223 to hold a spot or connect with the post on Facebook!!!

Donations for food an music are greatly appreciated! 

All monies go to MFGS which is a 501 3 c non profit organization!



Phil Keaggy @ Trinity House Theatre for 2 Performances

Thursday July 18th and Friday July 19th! 

This is your chance to see one of the legends of the guitar world.

Tickets available 


Trinity House Theatre


Hiroya Tsukamoto w/ Emilie Rivard

 Saturday July 27, 2019

In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He formed his own group in Boston INTEROCEANICO (inter-oceanic) which consists of unique musicians from different continents including Latin Grammy Colombian singer Marta Gomez. The group released three acclaimed records (The Other Side of the World, Confluencia and Where the River Shines). Hiroya has released three solo albums (Solo, Heartland and Places).


Here is something at a sister venue

The Crowfoot in Pontiac

Monday, August 5, 2019 @ 7:00pm @ The Pike Room     

Candyrat Record Artists

Kindo & Adrian Bellue

along with Sirintip and Wakeview. 

Here is Adrian performing 'Rainfall'

$12 bucks.........c'mon now!


     So before we get to the list of summer guitar festivals and competitions we wanted to give  you a random video from the Montreal Guitar Trio!  If they ever come this way we will try to grab them. 


'Garam Masala'


There's still time to

 participate in the following

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 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 JULY/AUGUST Edition  of Minor 7th!

Reviewing the best in non-mainstream acoustic guitar music

Spencer Elliot - Laurence Juber 

and Michigan's own

(and great friend of MFGS)

William Henry Russell  'Outside The Box'



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




 We're sure you've thought of building your own acoustic guitar .....right?

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 Michigan



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!!))


Oh yeah!!!  our Fall Concerts!  Just checking to see if you read all of this so SAVE THE DATES!!

Antoine Dufour September 20th & 21st

Calum Graham October 25th & 26th

Gareth Pearson November 15th & 16th


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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 JB Davies, Mark Hawks, Jeb McIntyre, Ron Stavale

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This Saturday November 3rd Eric Lugosch in Concert.


MFGS is Proud to Present This Saturday, November 3rd


US Fingerstyle Guitar Competition Winner



Eric Lugosch

Saturday November 3rd at Trinity House Theatre

One of the original great fingerstylists of our time.  

Lugosch places his tunes within pleasant, folkish guitar settings....he masterfully exploits his prodigious fingerpicking skills, embellishing his simple, flowing songs with appealing baroque flourishes that sound homey rather than flashy. "    Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

“ He has a discernible style and approach to the instrument that I really admire and respect. And frankly, that moves me and reminds me of why I love and play music in the first place.” Stephen Bennett

“Eric’s playing has a indefinable quality that hits you immediately. As a guitar player you may notice how beautiful the playing is and how effortlessly it flows.       Pat Donohue 

 To save a spot at  the workshop call  248-646-4030. 

 This is a 2 hr. workshop for guitarists of all levels and will be held 3pm - 5pm the day of the show at Trinity House.   Two Hour Workshop fee is $40 and workshop attendees will receive $10 off your concert tickets.


All of the MFGS Shows at Trinity House Theatre start at 8pm (doors 7:30)

Tickets are $20 and $17 for Trinity House Theatre Members

Trinity House Theatre is located @ 38840 West Six Mile – in Livonia
For Tickets go online @  

or call Trinity House 734-464-6302

The Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society & Trinity House Theatre are 501 (c) (3) non-profit organizations

JB Davies -Rick Haden -Mark Hawks - Jeb McIntyre - Dave Pierson - Ron Stavale phone @ 248-646-4030 And please join us on Facebook!




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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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April 18th, 2009

               April 18th , 2009

Peppino D'Agostino




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

7:30 pm (doors open @ 6:30)

First United Methodist Church

22331 Woodward, Ferndale


Click here for map


“Peppino's music is deep and beautiful."       Tommy Emmanuel

"Peppino is one of my favorite composers”         Leo Kottke

Guitar Workshop from 3-5pm the same day as the show. 

Tickets $40 for workshop or $50 for workshop & concert

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

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

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2006 Weekend Intensive Guitar Workshops with Alex de Grassi

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From Alex de Grassi:

We are pleased to announce that Alex will be offering one three-day intensive guitar workshop at the Laurel Mill Lodge in Los Gatos, California.

The workshop will be on July 21-23 and will begin Friday morning at 11 a.m. and end on Sunday at 5 p.m. The Lodge is situated in a secluded spot among the redwoods along Soquel Creek in the heart of the Santa Cruz mountains. There is a large conference room, two smaller practice rooms, large decks and lawns and several outbuildings in a rustic, park-like atmosphere.

The Workshop

The workshop will focus on performing, arranging, and composing for acoustic fingerstyle guitar. Alex will share his insight into the techniques and inspiration that have become an integral part of his unique style.

Dynamics, phrasing, tone, polyrhythms, right/left hand technique, cross-string technique, extended techniques, and alternate tunings will be covered in a very hands-on approach. This is an interactive workshop designed to improve your playing and ability to arrange music for guitar, whether you are an instrumentalist or a singer who uses the guitar as accompaniment.

The workshop time will be divided into three parts:

1. A master class where students will perform before the group for constructive critique and feedback;
2. Exercises/demonstration where Alex will demonstrate and teach excerpts from his own compositions and arrangements;
3. One-on-one time with participants focusing on individual players' needs and interests. The one-on-one time will allow other participants time to prepare, practice, and share ideas.

Evenings after dinner will be devoted to informal performances, jam-sessions and free time.

Players of all backgrounds are welcome, but should be intermediate to advanced fingerstyle players. The workshop is limited to 12 participants. Each participant should be prepared to perform one piece in the master class and another piece informally with the group and/or during the one-on-one session with Alex. You should arrive prepared to play:
1. A composition or arrangement by a known composer or fingerstyle performer, or an original composition;
2. An original arrangement of a theme to be assigned by Alex at the time of registration.

The ability to read music is not required, but Alex will be handing out music and written exercises in tablature and standard notation, so some experience with one or the other will be a plus. These will include new materials specifically designed for the 2006 Summer Guitar Workshop.

Fees and Registration

This workshop will run from 11 a.m. on Friday, July 21 until 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 23. The fee is $600 per person, and requires a $300 deposit for registration. The fee includes the workshop and meals (Friday lunch through Sunday lunch). To register for the workshop, please reply to this notice with the following information or signup and get info online:

Please visit Alex's website for a complete listing of the workshop details

Contact Jessica at / 707-485-1083 for additional questions.

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New Stephen Bennett CD Released 7/5

It's been a great past few weeks for new CD releases from our alumni artists.  Stephen Bennett has just released a disk of Beatles acoustic guitar solos.  On the disk he features 15 Beatles arrangements played with many different types of guitars.

The Beatles for Acoustic Guitar
Now available -
A Hard Day's Night, All My Loving, Hey Jude, Yesterday, In My Life, Maxwell's Silver Hammer, If I Fell, Penny Lane, Blackbird, Eight Days A Week, Hello Goodbye, Here, There and Everywhere, Strawberry Fields Forever, Something, All You Need Is Love

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New Laurence Juber CD released 6/28/05


I just got the new LJ CD called "One Wing".  On this disk LJ covers a number of "Wings" tunes.  There are some really cool arrangements.  From LJ's website:

A follow-up to Laurence's smash, "LJ Plays the Beatles", this CD features Laurence's amazing fingerstyle arrangements of popular Wings tunes, such as "My Love", "Live and Let Die", and "Silly Love Songs"

The titles, all in DADGAD tuning unless indicated, as they appear on the album: 

Band on the Run (drop D tuning)
Another Day (standard tuning)
My Love
Every Night
With a Little Luck
Maybe I'm Amazed

Silly Love Songs
Listen to What the Man Said  (CGDGAD tuning)
Coming Up
Arrow Through Me  (standard tuning)
Live and Let Die  (CGDGAD tuning)
Mull of Kintyre

You can buy it from AMR's website:

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Don Ross Update


Hi Everyone,

I got discharged from hospital on Friday June 17 and have spent the weekend quietly convalescing at home. Still a bit woozy, but I've been going for the occasional walk in the fine weather and trying to enjoy a bit of peace and quiet. The prognosis looks good for a full recovery.  Thanks to everyone for the good wishes. Much appreciated!!

Peace and love,

Don Ross

MFGS Note: We've tentatively re-scheduled Don Ross for December 10th.   We'll send out a newsletter in the next few weeks with an update to our fall concert series.

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Listing of Outstanding Guitar Players

The following is a list of links for some of the best guitarists around. Also  check out our Alumni Artist catagory in case we didn't get them all mentioned on this list. Strongly recommended! Click on any of them to go to their web site. Many have samples you can listen to.

Al Petteway & Amy White
Stephen Bennett

Ed Gerhard

Don Ross
Muriel Anderson
Pino Forastiere
Antoine Dufour
Craig D'Andrea

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Michael Gulezian in Concert April 1st, Workshop April 2nd


Trinity House Theatre and the Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society are joining together to present an evening with Michael Gulezian, Friday April 1, 2005, on the intimate Trinity House Theatre stage.

You may not recognize him by name but Michael Gulezian (gu-LAY-ze-in) is one of the most highly acclaimed solo acoustic instrumental guitarists of our time. He is a phenomenal technical guitarist with the rare ability to transcend his own virtuosity, creating music that moves people.

We are excited to partner with the Trinity House in Livonia to present this fine show. More Info: Click Here

Vist the  Michael Gulezian

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Erika Luckett – House Concert in Rochester April 1st


Post Concet Update: Erika Luckett is definitly a Fingerstyle guitarist! She's as good or better than any of the artists we've hosted to date, and an amazing singer as well. Highly recommended.

Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society board member Jeb McIntyre is hosting a house concert for Erika Luckett On Friday April 1st. While not strictly a fingerstyle guitarist, singer songwriter Erika Luckett's guitar playing is extraordinary. This should be a great concert.

Erika Luckett will be performing in Rochester Hills, MI for an intimate House Concert Friday April 1st, 2005. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity for an up-close evening with JPF Music’s Female Artist of the Year.

"Erika Luckett has arrived with enough multifaceted talent and musical maturity to make Norah Jones Blush."
 -San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Crisp, enticing vocals, exceptionally adept guitar work, an intriguing sensibility of Latin flavor and poetic lyricism that thrives on simplicity are staples of Luckett's most recent work. . . .This album will surely raise eyebrows as one of the more artistically complete and enjoyable of the year."
 - Aaron Menza
Colorado Springs Independent


Tickets on sale now: $10 in advance or at the door. Space is limited to the first 45 tickets sold.

  • When: 8pm Friday, April 1st, 2005
  • Where: 2791 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills, MI 48309
  • Parking: park in neighboring Meadowbrook Christian Church parking lot (2741 Walton Blvd.).
  • Tickets: $10 in advance or at the door. Please call if you are planning to attend.
  • Checks payable to the artist: Erika Luckett
    • Send to:
      House Concerts c/o Edict, Inc.
      315 Water St.
      Rochester, MI 48307
  • Further information: 248-650-4962

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Stephen Bennett in Concert May 14th, Workshop May 15th


Stephen Bennett in Concert

5/14/2005   (8:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
First United Methodist Church
22331 Woodward Avenue
Ferndale, MI 48220
 Stephen Bennett
in Concert.
May 14th
Workshop May 15th

While less well known than some of our artists, Stephen Bennett is one of the finest guitarists playing today. His music is evocative, melodic, subtle and complex. His Beatles covers are amongst the best ever done, while his origional compositions are equally extraodinary. His technique is flawless, and his stage presence is delightful. He's one of those rare artists who's equally appealing to both the sophisticated fingerstyle guitar player and their grandmothers.

Whether playing his great-grandfather's harp guitar, his 1930 National Steel or a standard 6-string, Stephen Bennett is a guitarist to hear. His playing has won awards and critical praise. In live performance and on record, his diverse musical influences and interests are joined with a three decade long love affair with the sound of guitar strings.

For guitar players, Stephen's workshops are amongst the very best we've ever hosted. He is simply a brilliant teacher. Moreover, he teaches creativity as much or more than technique. Everyone who attended his last workshop bumped their playing more than a notch! His workshops are suitable for all levels of players.

For more information about Stephen please visit his website at:

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Don Ross on Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour

Woodsongs old time radio hour
I ran across this the other day.  It's a website that features weekly acoustic performances.  Many of our alumni artists have performed on their stage.  They've archived a large number of shows which are all accessable as streaming audio or video in some cases.  Of interest you'll find Tommy Emmanuel, Kaki King, Pete Huttlinger, Muriel Anderson, California Guitar Trio, Thom Bresh and too many others to list.  On Feb 21st Don Ross will be performing.  Be sure to tune in and catch the show.

Here's a link to the archives:

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MFGS Alumni win Grammy

The "Pink Guitar" Album won a Grammy this year for best Pop Instramental Album. If you don't have it, we urge you to get it. We are particularly excited because some of the very best tracks are from some of our alumni performers. List of tracks is provided below, and our alumni are highlighted. Of particular, Ed Gerhard, on of the performers, is our 2005 kick-off artist, performing March 12th, and Laurence Juber will be with us in October. Al Petteway should be joining us again in early 2006. Also, Pat Donohue will be performing at MAMA's coffee house on March 19th. Check our calandar for more information.

In addition, Will Ackerman, who should be joining us in early 2006, won for best New Age Album for his album "Returning".

Both of these awards are simply great news for Fingerstyle Guitar. By the way, our friends and supporters at Solid Air Records producted "Pink Guitar".
A great place to buy both albums is

Acoustic Music Resourses . They offer great selection and service, and are long-standing friends and supporters of the Society.

There's also an excellent book for the Pink Guitar

Henry Mancini

Pink Guitar - Book / Lesson CD
Pink Panther Theme - Laurence Juber
Moon River - Ed Gerhard (from the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's")
Days of Wine and Roses - David Cullen
It's Easy to Say - Doug Smith (from the movie "10")
Peter Gunn - Pat Donohue
The Thornbirds Theme - Al Petteway
The Sweetheart Tree - Mark Hanson (from the movie "The Great Race")
What's Happening - Mike Dowling
Charade - Aaron Stang
Dear Heart - Wayne Johnson
Baby Elephant Walk - William Coulter (from the movie "Hatari")
Two for the Road - Amrit Sond

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Pierre Bensusan in Concert @ The Ark


The Ark Thursday April 14, 2005
  Pierre Bensusan
  Show starts at 8 pm
Doors open at 7:30 pm
  Buy Online ($17.50)
  Buy In Person
  Seating Chart

This is not an MFGS sponsored concert.  For more information visit the Ark's Home Page.

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Fall 2005 Concerts

We are pleased to announce the following acts for the Fall 2005 season:

Sept 17         Muriel Anderson

Oct 8            Laurence Juber

Nov 12         Billy McLaughlin

December 10        Don Ross

Workshops with the artists will be available on a first come first serve basis, with preference to Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society Members in good standing. This is a great chance to learn up close how your guitar hero does what he or she does.

As always, concerts will be presented at:

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  • Leo Kotke will be appearing at the Ark in Ann Arbor on February 13 and 14th. Ju...more
    - [Merv Collins]
  • Kaki King will be appearing at the Ark in Ann Arbor on February 26th.
    - [Merv Collins]
  • Merv, thanks for the info. It's been added to the calandar.
    - [Jeb McIntyre]

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Alumni FingerStyle Guitar Artists


Our alumni represent some of the finest guitarists in the world today. Every concert has been extraordinary, and we urge our community to visit our artists’ sites, subscribe to their e-mail lists, attend their concerts, purchase their albums and generally support them.


Don Ross
Ed Gerhard - 
Al Petteway and Amy White -
Stephen Bennett
Alex Degrassi  -
Lawrence Juber -
Muriel Anderson -
Pierre Bensusan -
Preston Reed -
Richard Smith -

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