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Al & Amy in Concert

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Al Petteway &
Amy White
in Concert

Saturday April 1st

Location:
First United Methodist Church
22331 Woodward Avenue
Ferndale, MI 48220
Saturday April 1st
Doors at 6:30 Showtime at 7:30
Tickets $15, Seniors and Children $10


Grammy Award-winning, critically acclaimed, passionate and playful. They are all that and they're married, too. Al & Amy are an acoustic performing arts team committed to creating an intensely personal yet universal sound. They draw inspiration from musical traditions across the globe and distill these myriad styles into a rich and unique voice – a timeless recipe for healing, heartfelt music. During their live shows, this husband and wife team captures the hearts of their audiences with the obvious love they have for one another and the colorful stories about the places, history and events that inspire their music. They invite their listeners to seek out and celebrate beauty and joy in all aspects of life.

Al & Amy first began performing and recording together as a duo in early 1995 creating an exciting blend of contemporary, Celtic- and Appalachian influenced, original and traditional instrumental and vocal music on acoustic guitars, mandolin, vocals, Celtic harp, banjo, Irish bouzouki, piano and world percussion. They are among the most respected and well liked acts in the acoustic music scene and have been Artists In Residence at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and perform at some of the finest concert venues in the country. Their signature sound is heard often on NPR, in independent films and on radio shows across the globe (not to mention all of the healing centers and birthing rooms.) While living in the Washington, D.C. area, they won a grand total of 50 WAMMIES from the Washington Area Music Association in the Folk, Celtic and New Age categories and 5 grants from the Maryland State Arts Council for both composition and instrumental performance. In 2001, they won a coveted “INDIE” award in the Acoustic Instrumental category from the Association for Independent Music (now part of the Grammy organization.) In 2005, Al received a GRAMMY Award from NARAS (National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences) for his solo fingerstyle guitar contribution to the pop instrumental compilation, “Pink Guitar.”

Watch an 11 minute video of Al & Amy performing Live:
Al & Amy High Speed(13MB)  | Al & Amy Low Speed (5MB)

Visit Al & Amy's website at www.alandamy.com

For ticket information, please visit www.fingerstyle.org/tickets.htm or call the MFGS office at 248-646-4030.


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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Pat Donohue Workshop - Last Call

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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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MFGS Presents Pat Donohue in Concert

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Pat Donohue
in Concert
March 11th


Location
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First United Methodist Church
22331 Woodward Avenue
Ferndale, MI 48220
Saturday March 11th
Doors at 6:30 Showtime at 7:30
Tickets $15, Seniors and Children $10

The Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society is proud to present grammy-winning fingerstyle guitarist Pat Donohue live in concert at the First United Methodist Church in Ferndale MI on March 11th at 7:30pm

Pat has earned national recognition for his mastery of acoustic fingerstyle guitar, which he exhibits weekly as the guitarist for the Guys All Star Shoe Band on Garrison Keillor’s radio program “A Prairie Home Companion.” Chet Atkins called him one of the greatest finger pickers in the world today; Leo Kottke called his playing “haunting.”

Though he considers himself foremost a folk guitarist, Pat manages to blend jazz and blues with folk, and the mix is seamless. Over the years he has captivated audiences with his unique original compositions, dazzling instrumentals and humorous song parodies, including Sushi-Yucky and Would You Like to Play the Guitar?

Honors include a Grammy award for his participation in the Best Pop Instrumental of 2005, a collection of Henry Mancini guitar arrangements called Pink Guitar, several Minnesota Music Awards, and the prestigious title of 1983 National Finger Picking Guitar Champion. His original tunes have been recorded by Chet Atkins, Suzy Bogguss and Kenny Rogers. Pat has also been a featured performer at major music festivals including the Newport, Telluride, Philadelphia and Winfield Folk Festivals.


Learn more about Pat at his official website: www.patdonohue.com

For ticket information, please visit www.fingerstyle.org/tickets.htm or call the MFGS office at 248-646-4030.



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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Fingerstyle Picking Party 3/26/2006

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Where:
The Coffee Beanery in Downtown Ferndale
22871 South Woodward Avenue
Ferndale, MI 48220
When:
3/26/2006   (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)

On Sunday March 26th we're going to host a picking party at the  Coffee Beanery in Ferndale for any of our members that are interested in performing some instrumental fingerstyle guitar.   All members are invited to attend.  Hope to see you there.  




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Fingerstyle Picking Party 2/26/2006

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Where:
The Coffee Beanery in Downtown Ferndale
22871 South Woodward Avenue
Ferndale, MI 48220
When:
2/26/2006   (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)

On Sunday Feb 26th we're going to host a picking party at the  Coffee Beanery in Ferndale for any of our members that are interested in performing some instrumental fingerstyle guitar.   All members are invited to attend.  Hope to see you there.  




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Dec. 3rd Benefit Concert!

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We had a great time playing for The Royal Oak Church of the Holy City on December 3, 2005!  Speaking for all the performers, the audience was great and the night went very smoothly.  On behalf of the performers, a big Thank You to Rev. Renee Machiniak, her husband Joe, and Cheri Miller for making sure the event came off without a hitch!  Four MFGS members performed - Dave Pierson (me), Dan House, Merv Collins, and Nathan Montgomery.  A special thanks to Jeb McIntyre for allowing us to use his PA system.  It was a great night at a great venue with a variety of styles and lots of energy!   
 
This is from Rev. Renee:
 
The Royal Oak Church of the Holy City is most grateful to the volunteer fingerstyle guitarists who performed at our December 3rd, 2005, benefit concert. We would like to thank David Pierson, Dan House, Mervyn Collins and Nathan Montgomery for magical performances on guitar, vocal selections, and the mountain dulcimer! Stories of life and song added depth to the music presented. By the end of the evening, we felt the spirit of the holidays and an appreciation for their love of music and for the sharing of their talent. We we were all very glad we had gathered on this snowy and cozy evening amidst the Christmas lights surrounding the stage - to share the gift of music at the Royal Oak Women's Club. Thank you, once again, Dave, Dan, Merv and Nathan!
 
Nathan Montgomery contributed 50% of all his cd sales to the church!  Overall $350 was raised for the church. 
 
This was a function of the MFGS Community Outreach effort.  I think this is a great way for MFGS members to get involved.  Check out the other outreach opportunities we have! 
 


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Benefit Concert for Church of the Holy City

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The Church of the Holy City in Royal Oak

is proud to host


A Very Special Benefit Concert

Presented by

 

Members of the

Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society

Starring:

Mervyn Collins

(He’s driving in from his new home in Illinois for this special performance.)

Dan House

(He will treat us to vocal selections and the mountain dulcimer.)

Dr. David Pierson

(A Chiropractor by day.  I understand he may have some surprises up his sleeve.)

Nathan Montgomery

(He has to be seen to be believed!)

Saturday, December 3, 2005

7:00 – 10:00PM

Royal Oak Women’s Club

Corner of 4th and Pleasant Streets

Tickets are $10.00 at the door

(Children under 18 Free!)

For more information call:  (248) 546-7683

 

You won’t want to miss this one!

Bring your family, friends, and even a stranger or two!

 



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Big Month for MFGS

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Hello everyone. We have a lot scheduled this month. First Billy McLaughlin in concert, then Pino Forestiere at a house concert. This is going to be a great month for all of us. Please plan to attend all these events. We need you, and you'll have a great time.

 


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Fundraiser for Our Venue

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This Saturday evening, November 5th, the Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society will be supporting our venue, the First United Methodist Church in Ferndale. There will be many items auctioned to help raise funds, including two nice guitars currently autographed by Muriel Anderson and Laurence Juber. There's lots of room to get everyone else we've booked this season. This is the ultimate fingerstyle wall-hanger!

To add to the excitement, several of our members will be providing background music. They area also available to autograph guitars :-).

Light sancks will be provided, and there is a small cover charge, but remember this is a fund-raiser for some very nice people who do a lot of good.

The activities start at 6:30, and the auction starts at 8:30. Have a nice evening and do some good too!

First United Methodist Church
22331 Woodward Avenue
Ferndale, Mi 48220
3 blocks south of 9 mile on west side of Woodward 

 



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Billy McLaughlin in Concert

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Billy McLaughlin Concert - Saturday Nov 12th 2005
Doors at 6:30  Showtime 7:30
22331 Woodward Ave
First United Methodist Church, Ferndale, MI
248 646 4030 Phone


Billy McLaughlin will make history when he performs for the Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society on Saturday, November 12th. McLaughlin enjoyed a rising career complete with Top 10 Billboard charting releases (Narada Records/Virgin) and non-stop national touring when he was struck down in 2001 by a mysterious and incurable disease that attacked his fretboard wrist and hand. Rather than quit, McLaughlin has been quietly re-learning his virtuoso repertoire - left-handed! His first-ever-entirely-left-handed-concert is arguably the acoustic guitar comeback event of all-time.

Routinely compared to Stanley Jordan and Michael Hedges, McLaughlin uses unorthodox tunings and techniques, playing with both hands on the fretboard. His compositions have been called "melodic" and "accessible" by the likes of Billboard Magazine, Acoustic Guitar Magazine and the Washington Post. A documentary film, Rewired, is currently in production tracking McLaughlin's journey back to the stage and will be shooting this concert. For the complete rundown on McLaughlin's story, please visit www.billymclaughlin.com

Billy McLaughlin Workshop - Sunday Nov 13th 2005
1pm-3pm 
22331 Woodward Ave
First United Methodist Church, Ferndale, MI

Billy McLaughlin will conduct an acoustic guitar workshop on Sunday November 13th at 1pm at the First United Methodist Church in Ferndale. Included in the workshop will be an introduction to two-handed tapping-style. You do not need to be an advanced guitarist to learn something valuable at this workshop! Developing and intermediate level players are encouraged to attend. Additional topics include practical use of alternate tunings, guitar amplification, and a music business question/answer segment. 

Workshop space limited. Cost is $35 for MFGS members, $40 for the General Public. Contact Mark Hawks for reservations or info.

Billy McLaughlin Audio Samples
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MFGS Members Meeting & Picking Party

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11/6/2005   (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Location:
Coffee Beanery in Downtown Ferndale
22871 South Woodward Avenue
Ferndale, MI 48220

Hello Everyone.
On Sunday November 6th we're planning to have our quarterly members meeting along with our monthly picking party.   I've listed some of the topics we'll be discussing below.  Hopefully we'll finish up with business within an hour so we'll have lots of time to hear our members play guitar.  The Beanery has a stage and professional pa system that we'll be using.  You're welcome to bring your guitar and perform a couple of tunes for the group.  If you're shy about performing in public, this opportunity is about as low pressure as it gets.  Other than our members, the Coffee Beanery will most likely be empty.  (We'll have microphones if your guitar doesn't have a pickup) .  Everyone is welcome to attend.



Agenda: 

  • Signup volunteers to host picking parties & open stage events.
  • Using the weblog on the MFGS website.
  • Free Stuff.  For our members in good standing we have several give-aways from our friends at Acoustic Music Resource.  We'll give away a few CD's and music books from the last batch of goodies they sent us earlier this year.  Here's a few of the items we'll be giving away:



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      Laurence Juber in Concert - Oct 8th

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      Laurence Juber Concert - Saturday Oct 8th 2005
      Doors at 6:30  Showtime 7:30
      22331 Woodward Ave
      First United Methodist Church, Ferndale, MI
      248 646 4030 Phone


      As a young working musician in London, England in the 1970s, Laurence Juber got an extraordinary, life-changing break when Paul McCartney hand-picked him to become Wings¹ lead guitarist. Juber spent three years recording and touring the world with the band, and during that time he also won a Best Rock Instrumental GRAMMY® Award for the track "Rockestra" from the Wings album Back To The Egg.

      After Wings disbanded in 1981, Juber embarked on a career as a solo artist, composer and arranger, and soon developed a reputation as a world-class guitar virtuoso, recently being voted #1 by Fingerstyle Guitar magazine. He has released 11 critically acclaimed solo albums, including "LJ Plays the Beatles" and his latest, "One Wing", featuring popular Wings tunes like "Live and Let Die".

      As a studio and touring musician he has worked with such artists as George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Al Stewart, Air Supply, Paul Williams and The Monkees. His guitar playing is featured on films such as "Dirty Dancing", "The Big Chill", "Good Will Hunting" and many others. His television credits include "Home Improvement", "Seventh Heaven", and most recently "Eight Simple Rules"
      Advance tickets can be found at www.fingerstyle.org/tickets.htm

      Laurence Juber Workshop - Saturday Oct 8th 2005
      2pm-4pm 
      22331 Woodward Ave
      First United Methodist Church, Ferndale, MI

      LJ will be conducting a two hour hands-on fingerstyle guitar workshop.  Workshop space limited. Cost is $35 for MFGS members, $40 for the General Public. Contact Mark Hawks for reservations or info.

      Live on WCSX - Oct 8th Morning at 10am!!

      Laurence Juber will be making an appearance on 94.7 WCSX's Over Easy with Pam Rossi on Saturday morning October 8th about 10:00 am.  Tune in and hear a live interview and performance with LJ.

       LJ's Website | Audio & Video Samples




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      Make it a Night on the Town

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      Attend a Fingerstyle Concert and Make it a night on the town!

      Ferndale has lots of great restaurants, so why not make it a date night! For less than the cost of a baseball game with hotdogs and beer, you can treat your favorite people to a great dinner and a superb concert, and support your favorite non-profit Fingerstyle guitar organization. We've provided a listing of restaurants in Ferndale that we've visited.  Please email us with others if you've found one you've liked.


      Assaggi Mediterraneon Bistro  Phone: 248-584-3499
      330 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale MI, 48220 
      Very good food, excellent service, fairly expensive but worth it.

      Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant  Phone: 248-547-6699
      545 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale MI, 48220
      Unusual cuisine, you eat with your hands..

      Como's Restaurant & Pizzeria  Phone: 248-548-5005
      22812 Woodward Ave, Ferndale MI, 48220
      Diverse clientele, excellent pizza, reasonable prices

      Howe's Bayou  Phone: 248-691-7145
      22848 Woodward Ave, Ferndale MI, 48220
      Pretty good food, fair prices from the Tom’s Oyster Bar folks

      Mongolian Barbeque  Phone: 248-398-2560
      642 W 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale MI, 48220
      All you can eat, and you make it yourself

      The French Gourmet   Phone: 248-541-1200
      23421 Woodward Ave, Ferndale MI, 48220
      First class French restaurant, very small, not cheap. Call for reservations



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      Fall 2005 Concerts

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      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:

      Doors open at 6:30  Shows Start at 7:30


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      Michigan Fingerstyle Members Meeting August 14th

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      8/14/2005   (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
      Location:
      Coffee Beanery in Downtown Ferndale
      22871 South Woodward Avenue
      Ferndale, MI 48220

      Hello Everyone.
      On August 14th we're planning to have our quarterly members meeting along with our monthly picking party.   I've listed some of the topics we'll be discussing below.  Hopefully we'll finish up with business within an hour so we'll have lots of time to hear our members play guitar.  The Beanery has a stage and professional pa system that we'll be using.  You're welcome to bring your guitar and perform a couple of tunes for the group.  If you're shy about performing in public, this opportunity is about as low pressure as it gets.  Other than our members, the Coffee Beanery will most likely be empty.  (We'll have microphones if your guitar doesn't have a pickup) .  Everyone is welcome to attend.


      pictures from the last meeting.

      Agenda: 

      • Signup volunteers to work our concert series this fall.
      • Signup volunteers to host picking parties.
      • Community service opportunities.
      • Establishment of an open mic committee.
      • New member signups.
      • Using the weblog on the MFGS website.
      • Free Stuff.  For our members in good standing we have several give-aways from our friends at Acoustic Music Resource.  We'll give away a few CD's and music books from the last batch of goodies they sent us earlier this year.  Here's a few of the items we'll be giving away:



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          Fingerstyle Open Stage on Sunday 7/10

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          7/10/2005   (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
          Location:
          The Coffee Beanery in Downtown Ferndale
          22871 South Woodward Avenue
          Ferndale, MI 48220

           

          MFGS
          Open Stage Series at
          The Coffee Beanery in
          Ferndale! 

          Hello!
          It's time to play guitar again.  This time we'll be taking over the
          Coffee Beanery in Ferndale.   They've got a stage and professional pa system that we'll be using.  You're welcome to bring your guitar and perform a couple of tunes for the group.  If you're shy about performing in public, this opportunity is about as low pressure as it gets.  Other than our members, the Coffee Beanery will most likely be empty.  (We'll have microphones if your guitar doesn't have a pickup) .  So stop by and join us for a cup of coffee and some instrumental acoustic guitar.

          All members are encouraged to attend and bring friends and family.
          Email me at Mark.Hawks@Fingerstyle.org if you have any questions.  The day of the meeting I can be reached on my cell phone at 734-674-1217.
          http://www.coffeebeanery.com/locations/mi/ferndale.htm


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          Don Ross Concert & Workshop Cancelled

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          It is with great sadness that we are forced to cancel our friend Don Ross’s concert this Saturday due to Don’s extremely serious health condition. It looks like Don is on the mend, but certainly not out of the woods yet. Our thoughts and prayers are with Don for a full and speedy recovery. We expect to reschedule for later this year, and will send a notice as soon as a date is confirmed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
           
          Below is the note Don’s agent,  Del Vezeau sent to us.
           
          Friends, family, comrades..
           
          Well it's been both a happy and scary two weeks.
          First the happy part: On June 04, our friend and musical gift to the planet; Don Ross, got married in Charlotetown PEI to wonderful gal by the name of Brooke Miller. I can personally attest to the fact that Don is a lucky man; she is groovy groovy groovy and together they exude much grooviness. (I consider myself a pretty decent writer but can get a little tongue tied when it comes to Hallmark sentiments!)
           
          The scary part is almost stranger than fiction. On the very day they were about to embark on their drive to PEI, Don came down with what appeared to be flu like symptoms. A short while later, a visit to the emergency room seemed in order. The verdict was a case of cellulitis in Don's right leg. An antibiotic 'IV' was administered and Don was sent home and told to return for follow up. This, they did: Don's fever cleared up and his leg seemed to be responding favorably to the treatment. The doctor gave him the green light to travel provided he visit the hospital in Charlotettown for follow up. This they did upon their arrival, more anti-biotic were administered, he seemed on the mend and the sun came out on their wedding day.
           
          On their return home, they stopped and did this once again at a hospital in Fredricton NB, grabbed a hotel, set off the next day and continued their journey. Like a worry wart , I kept much phone contact during this and things seemed to being holding their own; my wife Pam and I were anticipating their visit here in Odessa as we were directly reroute. When they arrived last Thursday, June 9th,  it was clear that Don was taking a turn for the worse; his leg was not looking so great so we rolled him into a hospital in Kingston. After more of the same later; again, he seemed to at least get back in the saddle somewhat, but now the prognosis at this time seemed to indicate an allergic reaction to the anti-biotic with increased swelling to his leg as well as a slight puffiness and sun burnt like complexion to his face.
           
          They stayed the night, and returned to the hospital the next day for more treatment. The results looked encouraging, additional drugs were administered to address the effects of the allergic reaction, and Don being Don, was adamant about performing the next day, namely the 11th, for a short 1 hour performance in Newmarket, close to his home in Cannington. I spoke only briefly with him on his cell phone on the way to the gig as I was interrupted by the door bell. All seemed more or less ok though, and I thought no news was good news thereafter.
           
          When I received a call from Brooke early Monday morning, she told me that Don was admitted to the Ross Memorial hospital in Lindsey Saturday night. The worry in her voice was most evident. Don was an inch away from losing his leg that night. His doctor took charge, admitted him and put him on an aggressive anti-biotic.
           
          It's been responding positively ever since but has not been without it's moments. The allergic reaction he's been having to this drug is even worse,  with skin lesions, blisters (over 90% of his body) and severe facial swelling, but it is the price he is paying to in order to deal with the even larger issue of beating this cellulites,  and to that end, thus far, this anti-biotic is doing very well. 
           
          I've just returned home from Lindsey and can tell you, Don has 'looked' better, and his doctor, just to make sure, had Don see a dermatologist at Sunny Brook Hospital in Toronto to confirm that this other phenomenon was infact an allergic reaction. That prognosis has been further confirmed. Don returned to the hospital in Lindsay this evening where he has resumed treatment and will be a resident until further notice.

          In the four plus years I have worked with Don, he's never called in sick. This situation, as it has unfolded, must change that most enviable record.
          Don's scheduled shows for June 18th in Michigan and the 19th for the Barrie Jazz Festival are officially cancelled. An announcement regarding his performance on June 25th in Carnarvon will be forthcoming. We are not going to push the envelope though...he'll be 100% or he'll be home! Doctor's orders.
           
          So, back to the happy part: Don & Brooke, Mucho Congratulations!
          In sickness and in health,
           
          Del Vezeau
          for Don Ross.
           

          Don Ross in Concert
          Saturday, June 18th
          Doors at 7pm, Show at 8pm
          First United Methodist Church
          22331 Woodward Avenue
          Ferndale, MI 22331
          1-248-646-4030

          On Saturday, June 18th, Don Ross performs at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7 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 www.fingerstyle.org. Everyone is encouraged to purchase advance tickets due to the large turnout at Don's 2004 performance for the MFGS.

          One of today's true innovators of guitar composition and technique, Don Ross has emerged as one of the most respected musicians in Canada and one of the top guitarists in the world. In September 1996, he managed to do what no other player has done: win the prestigious U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship for the second time (he first won in 1988). The competition, held yearly in Winfield, Kansas, cannot be won only with immaculate technique, but the player's music must also display a high degree of emotion and intensity — hallmarks of Don's style.

          Don continues to do extensive touring in Europe, Canada, the United States and Asia's Pacific Rim. When he's not on the road, he lives a quiet life with his two daughters in a small village in southern Ontario, Canada.

          On Saturday, June 18th Don will be teaching a 2 hour workshop for the first 15 students to register.  The cost is $40. MFGS members pay $35.  The workshop will start promptly at 3pm.   Reserve your spot in the workshop today by visiting www.fingerstyle.org.

          Here's a Video Clip of Don Performing Live:


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          2005 MFGS Membership Form

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          Membership in the Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society

          Benefits include a $5 discount on 1 concert ticket per show, $5 workshop discounts, and open stages at all MFGS parties.  

          Besides being a member, perhaps you would also consider being a patron or sponsor for this worthwhile organization.  Since the Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, all contributions are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law. 

          If you feel strongly enough that the mission of this organization is worthwhile and would like to contribute more than the basic dues amount, please feel free to do so!  Just add an additional amount you choose to the base $30 dues when you sit down to write your check or send a separate amount if you feel moved. 

          Keep in mind that one way to make beautiful music is to make beautiful music happen.  Thanks in advance for any additional sponsorship you decide is appropriate.

           

          Name_________________________________________________Phone:____________________________

          Address_____________________________________City______________________Zip________________

          Email Address__________________________________________

          Send form and a check for the $30 donation made out to:

          Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society
          180 High Oak Rd. Ste 100 
          Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

          If you wish to pay by credit card you can do so by purchasing our 2005 MFGS Members Coffee Mug or Button.  Visit  www.cafepress.com/fingerstyle to make your selection.   An additional cost above the $30 is added to each item in order to cover our merchandise cost.  If you chose to purchase your membership with this method please send an email to Mark.Hawks@fingerstyle.org and let him know you've selected to pay by credit card.

           




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          Fingerstyle Web Log

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          Welcome to the Fingerstyle Guitar web log. This is where we share information about upcoming concerts, our members, interesting gigs, and a host of other stuff of interest to our members.

          Just click on one of the catagories to the right to find the information you are looking for.

          Please sign up for our newsletter, and if you are a member in good standing we will shortly be upgrading your access to additional features of the site. We urge you to complete your profile. If you have any questions please send an email to  mark.hawks@fingerstyle.org or jeb@fingerstyle.org .



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          Help needed - e-mail addresses and forwarding

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          Friends, the Fingerstyle Guitar Society needs your help. Our concert and workshop promotion is done entirely through word of mouth and e-mail newsletters like this one. We urgently need your help identifying people who would be interested in our concerts and workshops.

          If everyone reading this newsletter provided just ten e-mail addresses, we would be well on the way toward ensuring that all of our concerts and workshops are fully sold out, and ensuring that the society can continue to provide extraordinary Fingerstyle Guitar entertainment in acoustically excellent venues at reasonable prices.

          Send your list to either Mark.Hawks@Fingerstyle.org or Jeb@Fingerstyle.org

          We are not spammers, and of course always encourage recipients to unsubscribe if they are not interested, but if you feel uncomfortable providing e-mail addresses, please forward this newsletter to all your friends whom you think would enjoy our programs.

          Thank you

          The Board of the Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society.


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          Picking Party on April 3rd at 1pm

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          MFGS
          Open Stage Series at
          The Coffee Beanery in
          Ferndale! 

          Hello!
          It's time to play guitar again.  This time we'll be taking over the
          Coffee Beanery in Ferndale.   They've got a stage and professional pa system that we'll be using.  You're welcome to bring your guitar and perform a couple of tunes for the group.  If you're shy about performing in public, this opportunity is about as low pressure as it gets.  Other than our members, the Coffee Beanery will most likely be empty.  (We'll have microphones if your guitar doesn't have a pickup) .

          4/3/2005   (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
          Location:
          The Coffee Beanery in Downtown Ferndale
          22871 South Woodward Avenue
          Ferndale, MI 48220

          All members are encourage to attend and bring friends and family.
          Email me at Mark.Hawks@Fingerstyle.org if you have any questions.  The day of the meeting I can be reached on my cell phone at 734-674-1217.
          http://www.coffeebeanery.com/locations/mi/ferndale.htm


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

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          Stephen Bennett in Concert


          5/14/2005   (8:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
          Location:
          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:
          http://www.harpguitar.com


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          Notes from the Feb 2005 Members Meeting

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          We just wanted to once again say thanks to everyone that attended the MFGS members meeting on Sunday (2/13/2005).  It was really great to see everyone.  This time we had 7 or 8 members get up on stage and perform for the group.  More people seem to join us each time which is realyl cool.  Also a big thanks has to go out to the staff at the Coffee Beanery in Ferndale for being such great hosts.

          On the agenda...
          • Our 2005 concert series is fully booked.  We've already begun to plan our concert series for 2006. Some of the names were speaking with for '06 are Pete Huttlinger, Al & Amy and Will Ackerman.  Other names that were suggested by our members were as follows:  Doug Smith, Pierre Bensusan, John Renbourn, Tony McManus, Larry Pattis, El McMeen, and Martin Simpson.
          • Dues for 2005 are once again $30.  All members get $5 a seat in each workshop and $5 discount on their concert ticket. 
          • Jere Stormer is taking names for people willing to host picking parties at their house this year.  Please contact him if you're interested.
          • Dan House is looking for volunteers that are interested in performing for community service.  Please coordinate with him if you're interested.
          • JB Davies is looking for guitarists that are interested in performing at the Angels Cafe in Ferndale.  Please coordinate with him if you're interested.
          • Long time member Dave Clarke will be joining the MFGS board of directors.  Dave has been a big help to the society and we're very lucky to have him on board.
          • Jeb McIntyre has some very nice Ed Gerhard color promotional posters.  If you know of a good place to put one please contact him ASAP.
          • Acoustic Music Resource and Warner Brothers donated CD's and instructional books to our society.   Bob Brooks, Merv Collins, Craig Porter and Jere Stormer were all winners.  Big thanks to our friends at AMR / WB , James Jenson and Aaron Stang.

             
             
             



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          Picking Party for MFGS Members 3/6/2005

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          3/6/2005   (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
          Location:
          The Coffee Beanery in Downtown Ferndale
          22871 South Woodward Avenue
          Ferndale, MI 48220

          MFGS
          Open Stage Series at
          The Coffee Beanery in
          Ferndale! 

          Hello!
          It's time to play guitar again.  This time we'll be taking over the
          Coffee Beanery in Ferndale.   They've got a stage and professional pa system that we'll be using.  You're welcome to bring your guitar and perform a couple of tunes for the group.  If you're shy about performing in public, this opportunity is about as low pressure as it gets.  Other than our members, the Coffee Beanery will most likely be empty.  (We'll have microphones if your guitar doesn't have a pickup) .

          All members are encourage to attend and bring friends and family.
          Email me at Mark.Hawks@Fingerstyle.org if you have any questions.  The day of the meeting I can be reached on my cell phone at 734-674-1217.
          http://www.coffeebeanery.com/locations/mi/ferndale.htm



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