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Important Updates from MFGS

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Dear Friends of MFGS

We have several very important updates for this weekend. First and foremost, if you are receiving this email you are a supporter of MFGS and our mission of bringing world class fingerstyle guitarists to Southeast Michigan. MFGS is a 501(3) (C) non- profit organization and one of our long standing patrons has made a generous donation to sponsor this weekend's show.

We want to extend a special invitation for you and invite you to attend one of our concerts @ Callahan's.  We are offering tickets to this Saturday's show to members of our mailing list for $5.  In order to determine how many other tickets to sell we are asking that you go on line, on our website www.fingerstyle.org  to Vendini, where it says (click here for tickets) or call 248-953-6223 

For those who have already purchased tickets already online we will refund you the difference at the door or just bring a few friends with you and they can get in free. Remember that Callahan's opens at 6pm and has a dinner menu. We hope to see you there.  You will not be disappointed, we have an amazing show set up for you.  

CandyRat records artist Stefano Barone will be performing with special guest Glenn Poorman.  You can sample their music on our home page www.fingerstyle.org 

Stefano Barone is a guitarist from Italy who also is a member of the Italian Guitar Trio Guitar Republic. Barone is on the cutting edge of the electro-acoustic movement in Fingerstyle Guitar and is touring the country with the CandyRat Records Tour www.candyrat.com  The Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society was chosen as the take off point for this tour. 

Glenn Poorman is a regional musician who has taken up with the Chapman Stick.  Glenn opened for California Guitar Trio here in September and also when Bert Lams performed with Tom Griesgraber (another Stick Performer) last year.  This will be a remarkable show.

 Barone is currently teaching a Master Class for John Stropes who is the director of Guitar Studies at the Peck School of the Arts in Wisconsin. Stropes is the one who transcribed  tabs for Michael Hedges and Leo Kottke.  Now that's a task!

Stefano will be teaching a guitar workshop Saturday from 3pm to 5pm.  Information on the workshop is on our website.  The cost of the workshop is $40. Stefano has agreed to give all workshop attendees one of his CDs and a free ticket to the show.  Can't beat that!

Call 248-646-4030 for reservations to the workshop.

Callahan's has dinner and drinks so get their early for great seats.

 Concert Tickets only $5 for MFGS Patrons

And finally if you didn't get the chance to complete our Survey we are accepting responses this week for a chance to win one of 10 guitar CDs with the help of Rob Polands Candyrat Records.  Email us at michfingerstyle@gmail.com

Michigan Luthier, Jim Howard will be presenting some his fabulous guitars at the show.  His info is also on our home page.

Upcoming Events - Save the dates

Sunday May 1st 4pm - 7pm, a Picking Party with MFGS's Dave Pierson at Shelest Music Studio in Saint Clair Shores.

Tuesday May 3rd - the Saint Columban Concert Series in Birmingham Michigan featuring 6 amazing Michigan Guitarists.  Our good friend Nathan Montgomery and  Bob Tye, Dan Mervak, Brett Lucas, Jim Nelson & Sean Blackman.

Call 248 -842-8124 for information on the May 3rd show . 

 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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MFGS Concert Update & Survey

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Please complete the following survey

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Dear Friends of MFGS

As you may know by now we have switched our venue to Callahan’s in Auburn Hills.  This was done for various reasons, partly due to the cost of the venue and also the work involved in tearing down the stage after the show. Being an all volunteer organization these were some of the factors that caused the change.

We also thought that Callahan’s offers an option of having dinner and drinks with friends prior to, or during the show.  The sound system at Callahan’s is very good and it is a fixed set up.  Both Rick Ratcliff from the Church and Pete at Callahan’s have received rave reviews from the performers so that was an even exchange. Although we raised ticket prices for 2 shows (California Guitar Trio & International Guitar Night due to the expense of multiple performers) our ticket prices have remained fixed at $20 and $15 for students and seniors.

As per our mission to promote Fingerstyle Guitar we pay all performers a  generous flat guaranteed fee and they receive a large percent of any money that is left over after the cost of the show/travel/hotels etc. MFGS does not make any money, in fact we have lost  money on most of our shows.

Now that we have had several performances under our belts at Callahan’s we would like your thoughts on our venue change and other thoughts you may have.  I will personally review all responses and all responding emails will have an opportunity to win one of 10 CD’s from various artists that have performed for us or some that our friend, Rob Poland, at Candyrat Records has donated to MFGS.   If you are not at our next show on April 16th then we will ship them to you at no cost.

This survey is meant for those who have attended one of our shows in the past, either at the First United Church, Callahan's or another venue. You may also complete the survey if you are considering attending a show in the future but please indicate that on the survey.

A synopsis of the responses will be posted after our next concert.

Please copy and paste the questions & your answers on to an email sent to

 

What city or zip code do you live in?

 

How many MFGS shows have you been to in the past?

 

Likes and dislikes about Callahan’s?  What would make you attend, or not attend a concert @ Callahan’s?  Is the fact that there is food and drinks a draw??

 

Likes and dislikes about First United Church?  What would make you attend, or not attend a concert @ the First United Church, or a similar type venue?

 

Is there a venue or location that you think would be better for MFGS?   Saying that, this means you would attend shows there!

 

Performers you would like to see at MFGS?

 

Do you think the pricing of our shows is fair?

 

If you attend picking parties sponsored by MFGS where is your favorite location or would you suggest a new one that you would attend.  Any other thoughts on picking parites.  

 

If you have attended a guitar workshop sponsored by MFGS is there anything you would suggest we change, considering this is for guitarists of all levels.

 

Would you be willing to post flyers at local coffee shops, stores etc?

 

Would you like to be more involved with MFGS?

 

Any other thoughts or comments you would like to share?

 

Thanks for your support

Sincerely,

Ron Stavale

President, MFGS

 

 



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Stefano Barone April 16th

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This Saturday, April 16th  

From Rome Italy

Candyrat Records Artist and member of Italy's Guitar Republic 

Stefano Barone

 

with special guest - Glenn Poorman

 

an Italian guitarist who has an incredible fingerstyle technique that conjures some amazing harmonic and melodic sounds we didn't even know an acoustic guitar could do on its own"                                        Fret Base

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YE-GPXYeTA&feature=related

 

Barone's compositions for 12 guitars are performed with the help of a mult-track machine. In such a perfect balance in between acoustic and electronics, Stefano performs live a continuum program, where all the songs are mixed one into another.

 

Special Guest, and Chapman Stick Artist Glenn Poorman will open the show @ 7:30

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mg-zI89yCNU

@ Callahan's -

Tickets only $5 for MFGS Patrons!

Doors at 6:00pm. Showtime 7:30pm

Callahan's has dinner and drinks so get their early for great seats.

 Tickets through Vendini     Click here for tickets

Stefano will also be performing @ Creole Gallery in Lansing,

Check Creole Gallery on facebook

Friday  April 15th

Creole Gallery 1218 Turner Street, (Oldtown) Lansing

Show starts @ 7:30 pm - door @ 6:30

Tickets $12 @ the door  or Elderly Instruments


Also at this show will be Michigan Luthier Jim Howard who will display a few of his amazing works of art!   Check out this home grown talent.   http://www.howardguitars.com/

Upcoming Events - Save the dates

Sunday May 1st 4pm - 7pm, a Picking Party with MFGS's Dave Pierson at Shelest Music Studio in Saint Clair Shores.

Tuesday May 3rd - the Saint Columban Concert Series in Birmingham Michigan featuring 6 amazing Michigan Guitarists.  Nathan Montgomery, Bob Tye, Dan Mervak, Brett Lucas, Jim Nelson, Sean Blackman.

Call 248 -842-8124 for information on this show.  

 

And finally if you didn't get the chance to complete our Survey we are accepting responses this week for a chance to win one of 10 guitar CDs with the help of Rob Polands Candyrat Records.  Please email me at michfingerstyle@gmail.com to recieve a copy of the survey write to MichFingerstyle @gmail.com

 

 

 



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Concert Reminder - This Saturday - International Guitar Night

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International Guitar Night

This Saturday, January 29th @ Callahan’s

Pino Forastiere –Brian Gore-Clive Carroll-Alexandre Gismonti

Doors open @ 6pm, Dinner available - Show starts @ 7:30

map for Callahan's @ http://www.atcallahans.com/

The weather should be pretty good Saturday night with temp about 30 degrees

Callahan’s has a nice menu and will be open at 6pm for food and drinks so make a night of it. Get there early for great seats. 

We will be raffling off several CD's at intermission plus a special treat from the IGN guys. 

Callahan’s is open to all ages.

Tickets online @ www.fingerstyle.org or at the door

for info call 248-646-4030

See you there! 

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MFGS Updates on International Guitar NIght - JB Davies performs Sat. Jan 22nd

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Dear Friends of MFGS

This Saturday MFGS founder JB Davies will be opening the show at MAMA's Coffeehouse in Bloomfield HIlls at 8 PM.  After JB's perforrmance Floyd King & the Bushwakers will be performing.  Looking forward to seeing this one.

Floyd King & the Bushwackers with special guest JB Davies.

Tickets at the door 7 PM.  $12/$10 Senior

More info at

http://www.mamascoffeehouse.org/ 

We would like to take a moment to again thank Paul Murphy of Bluefish Guitars  http://www.bluefishguitars.com/  in Plymouth for graciously opening (actually not closing) his doors for our Picking Party last Saturday evening.  Dave Pierson led the way with some arrangements and original compositions and former MFGS board member Kevin Tarnas also performed along with several other members.  Thanks to all who showed up to play or just watch and thanks again Paul

INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT

We are anxiously awaiting our first concert of 2011 on Saturday January 29th @ 7:30PM.   We were so fortunate to be able to book the International Guitar Night tour for the first time.  We hope that you can make it out to Callahan's for this great concert.  Callahan's has info on their location @ http://www.atcallahans.com/.   Callahan's will open their doors @ 6pm for dinner and drinks so come out early, grab great seats and get ready for a fabulous night of great guitar music.  

There is no formal guitar workshop prior to the concert because the guys come all the way from Milwaukee from a performance the night before.  If you have interest in a lesson from one of the guitarists we can talk to them about perhaps a small workshop or lessons on Sunday.  Call us if you have interest and we can discuss this with the musicians 248-646-4030.  

The International Guitar Night (IGN) is the world's premier touring guitar festival originating in the year 2000. This is the 11th annual tour. Each show brings together some of the most interesting and innovative acoustic guitarists in the world to exchange musical ideas in a public concert setting performing solo and as a duet. 

The tour this year includes Pino Forastiere from Rome, Italy.  Forastiere graduated with a degree in classical guitar from Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome.   After hearing Michael Hedges groundbreaking CD, Aerial Boundaries, Forastiere changed his approach to the acoustic guitar and is one of the most accomplished of todays contemporary fingerstyle guitarists. "He employs a dazzling blend of slapping, tapping,   strumming, altered tunings, and harmonics combined with classical phrasing and a focus on distinct and addictive melodies-  Guitar Player Magazine. 

Next is Brazil's Alexandre Gismonti who is the son of legendary guitarist Egberto Gismonti.  He has received much critical praise in both Brazilian and foreign press.  In 2001 the Uruguayan newspaper Brecha wrote "The son of Egberto is a young guitar virtuoso. Alexandre's approach is very different from that of his father...he plays with an amazing interpretive authority. 

Guitarist Clive Carroll hails from England. He was recently described as "the best and most original young acoustic guitar player and composer in Britain- Acoustic Guitar Magazine.  In 1999 Carroll was encouraged by John Renbourn (Pentangle) to record his first CD.  Carroll went on to become the only guitar player to ever win the Essex Young Musician of the Year Award. 

Finally IGN founder Brian Gore is from San Francisco.  He is considered the 'Poet of the Guitar"  Gore's strong well developed melodies and intriguing chord sequences set him apart from the myriad of steel-string fingerstylists who compose in open tunings.  His finely crafted poetic “songs without words' takes the listener on a spellbinding emotional ride - Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

Tickets for this special event are $25 and you can link to online sales at www.fingerstyle.org

This will be a spectacular night of acoustic guitar music!

Future concerts

Tickets for the following events will be $20, $15 for seniors and students

Sunday March 13th (date change) Pierre Bensusan  @ Callahan's

Saturday April 16th , Stefano Barone @ Callahan's

Saturday May 21st Antoine Dufour and Craig D'Andrea @ Callahan's

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Picking Party this Saturday - International Guitar Night January 29th

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Dear Friends of MFGS

Dadgadave here.... Picking Party this Saturday, 1/15/11, @ Blue Fish Guitars in Plymouth, MI from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. (note time change from last newsletter)   http://www.bluefishguitars.com/

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl&q=bluefish%20guitar%20

It will be a rare after hours get together at Paul Murphy's well stocked guitar shop. We'll be playing tunes and I'll present some ideas for arranging tunes for fingerstyle guitar!!  As always our Picking Parties welcome those who want to play or just want to listen and watch.  It is a very supportive non-competitive environment and we’d love to see you there.

BlueFish Music
744 Starkweather Street

Plymouth, Michigan 48170
Telephone: (734)927-0675


And don't forget…..International Guitar Night is coming soon. Saturday January 29th at Callahan’s. 

All the information is @ www.fingerstyle.org    World class guitarists from the US, Brazil, Italy and England.  We would love to make this a yearly event and hope you can make it out for this remarkable evening of guitar.

 Remember that Callahan’s serves dinner and drinks so come out early and get settled in some great seats. Doors open at 6pm.  Tickets available online www.fingerstyle.org  or at the door! For any questions please call 248-646-4030.  

We still need help with getting information out about this concert. If you can post or pass out flyers email us at rxvalle@yahoo.com

We would like to thank those who helped pass out information and post flyers for this concert. 

Shawn Myrda Mahorney – Dept of Music Michigan State Universty

Nathan Montgomery  http://www.nathanmontgomery.com/                      

Kristin Malecki, Dept of Music, Wayne State Universtiy

Bret Hoag, Dept of Music, Oakland Universtiy

Tracy Goetz, Dept of Music, Universtiy of Michigan

Johnathan Tan – International Academy

Marie Angeluski – Dept. of Music, Universtiy of Michigan, Flint

Paul Murphy – Bluefish Guitars, Plymouth

Fred Tellier – F.E. Tellier Guitars, Windsor

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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International Guitar Night - January 29th - Picking Party January 15th

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Saturday, January 29th 

International  Guitar Night

comes to Callahan's in Auburn Hills

 

 

Callahan's is at 2105 South Blvd, Auburn Hills - http://www.atcallahans.com/  see map and menu

Just 12 miles north of our Ferndale venue 1.5 miles east of Woodward

Tickets for this remarkable event are $25

 

Tickets on Sale Now !

 

International Guitar Night is the world’s premier touring guitar festival; innovative masters of the acoustic guitar get together for a special evening to exchange styles and solos.

 

 Pino Forastiere along with, Brazil’s Alexandre Gismonti, Britan's Clive Carroll and the USA's Brian Gore will share the stage for a truly remarkable night of guitar virtuosity.  They will perform solo pieces and duets.

 

 What a nice way to start out the New Year.

Come out at 6pm when doors open, grab some great seats and have dinner @ Callahans!


England-native Clive Carroll started playing the banjo at age 2, has released 3 solo albums, and was described by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as 
“probably the best and most original young acoustic guitar player and composer in Britain.”  

Clive and Alexandre play this piece  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezMceg7eVI4

Son of Brazilian composer/guitarist Egberto Gismonti, Alexandre Gismonti has developed his own distinct musical language, representing his country at music festivals around the world.


Pino Forastiere of Italy received his degree in classical guitar at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome in 1992. In March 2010 he premiered with Guitar Republic, a new acoustic guitar trio in which he performs with Sergio Altamura and Stefano Barone.

Pino and Brian play this piece  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kc84Y0Xrus


Known as a “poet of the guitar,” American Brian Gore is the founder of International Guitar Night and published the book Fingerstyle Guitar: Lessons in Technique and Creativity in 2005. 

 

See you on Saturday the 29th of January. 

We'll need help getting the word out on this concert so let us know if you can put up or pass out flyers. 

 

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

 

We would like to thank all of our friends for their support and love of fingerstyle guitar music!

                                                           

Paul Murphy & Bluefish Guitars in Plymouth http://www.bluefishguitars.com/ 

Pam Rossi of WCSX, host of 'Overeasy' 94.7  http://www.wcsx.com/overeasy/ 

Ann Arbor Classical Guitar Society http://www.society.arborguitar.org/

Classic Guitar Society of Michigan  http://www.arborguitar.ms11.net/CGSM_index.html

Gary Zimnicki of Zimnicki Guitars http://www.zimnicki.com/                                                                          

JB Davies  http://jbdavies.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-home.cgi?d=jbdaviescom      

Ann Delisi on WDET with Essential Music http://www.wdetfm.org/ann-delisi.php,                                                         

Rob Reinhart of WDET with Acoustic Cafe & Essential Music, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rob-Reinharts-Essential-Music/260231449465

Shelest Music Workshop  http://shelestmusicworkshop.blogspot.com/

Huber Breese Music - http://www.huberbreese.com/

Strings By Mail -  http://www.stringsbymail.com/store/ 

White Crow Conservatory of Music - http://whitecrowconservatory.blogspot.com/

Fred Tellier of F.E. Tellier Guitars on Facebook

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

 



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Concert Reminder and Happy Thanksgiving

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Dear Friends of MFGS

Just a note to remind you that Scottish born guitarist Tony McManus is performing this Saturday night November 20th @ the First United Methodist Church in Ferndale.  Doors open at 6:30 and show starts @ 7:30. Tony is a fabulous guitarist and this is our last concert of the year! 

Tickets will be available at the door and there are still open spots for Tony's 2 hour guitar workshop starting at 3pm at the church.  The workshop is for guitarists of all levels. Discounted concert tickets are avialable for workshop attendees. For more info go to www.fingerstyle.org. 

 Here is a taste of what you will hear on Saturday!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqphR8wgWtY&feature=related

 

We have a lot to be thankful for here at MFGS.  Great performers, great music and great friends like you. From all of us @ MFGS we would like to wish you a  Happy Thanksgiving  - Hope to see you Saturday!!

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Fingerstyle Guitar News Update

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Dear Friends of MFGS

Don't forget that on Saturday, November 20th, MFGS will be hosting Tony McManus in concert and guitar workshop.  McManus's guitar work is both technically brilliant and elegantly lyrical. Legendary guitarist John Renbourn calls McManus the best Celtic guitarist in the world”, Paul Reed Smith of PRS Guitars says “McManus is the Jeff Beck of Acoustic Guitar” , Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society says “don’t miss our last concert of 2010” !  

McManus will also host a guitar workshop from 3pm – 5pm on the same day as the show.  Workshop costs are $40 and workshop attendees will receive a concert ticket for $10.   This guitar workshop is for players of all levels.

-2002  his CD “Ceol More” hit the Critic’s Album of the year list in Acoustic Guitar magazine and was named “Live Ireland Awards” Album of the Year.

-2008 Acoustic Guitar Reader’s Choice Award Winner 

-2009 Canadian Folk  Awards – Solo Artist of the Year.

Born in Paisley Scotland of Irish heritage, living in Canada and playing in Ferndale on November 20th! Tickets on Sale @ www.fingerstyle.org

Here is Tony playing on his new Greenfield Guitar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CM37aJe3vqo&feature=related

Also on that night Windsor Luthier F.E. Tellier will be exhibiting some of his fine new instruments

Lots of other Guitar News

Renowned guitarist Richard Gilewitz will perform @ Trinity House on November 13th.  Gilewitz will also host a guitar workshop the day of the show. http://www.trinityhouse.org/2010_events/11_13_10_richardgilewitz.html

The Classical Guitar Society of Michigan will host 2009 Guitar Foundation of America Winner Florain Larousse at a Master Class on November 13th and will perform on November 14th. For information http://www.arborguitar.ms11.net/CGSM_index.html

Stay tuned for more music from the Ann Arbor Classical Guitar Society http://www.society.arborguitar.org/

We welcome a new Michigan friend here @ MFGS,

 Strings By Mail http://www.stringsbymail.com/store/  (Buy Michigan!) 

And we welcome another new friend in Saginaw. The White Crow Music Conservatory   http://whitecrowconservatory.blogspot.com/ 

Dates to save in 2011

January 29th International Guitar Night @ Callahan's

March 12th - Pierre Bensusan

April 16th- Guitar Republic's Stefano Barone

May 21st - Candyrat Recording Artists Antoine DuFour and Craig D'Andrea

We are a  non profit organization and really could use use help placing flyers at coffee houses, music shops etc. Contact Ron @ rxvalle@yahoo.com to get some mailed to you or dropped off.

 



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Tony McManus in Concert - Last Concert of 2010

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Tony McManus in Concert

 

Saturday, November 20th 2010

 
First United methodist Church

22331 Woodward Avenue

Ferndale, MI 22331

Doors open at 6:30 pm, Show at 7:30 pm

 

Tickets are available at the door for $20, Seniors/Students $15

Or can be purchased online at www.fingerstyle.org


         Buy Tickets Now!

 

Self taught from childhood, initially through listening to the family record collection, McManus has come to be recognized throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music. From early childhood his twin obsessions of traditional music and acoustic guitar have worked together to produce a startlingly original approach to this ancient art. In Tony’s hands the complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddles and pipes are accurately transferred to guitar in a way that preserves the integrity and emotional impact of the music.  In 2002, McManus won twin “Musician of the Year” awards by the BBC Folks Awards and the Scottish Traditional Music Awards. Around the same time his CD, Ceol More gathered attention by being featured on the "Critic’s Album of the Year" list in Acoustic Guitar magazine, as well as being named “Live Ireland Awards' "Album of the Year."  In 2009, Tony became a Gold Medal winner when he won Acoustic Guitar magazine's reader's poll in the Celtic category. Other Gold Medal winners included Tommy Emmanuel, Doc Watson, John Jorgenson, John Williams, Paco de Lucía, and Tony Rice.

 

“Tony McManus is the Jeff Beck of the acoustic guitar”  -                 Paul Reed Smith

 

“The best Celtic guitarist in the world     -                                          John Renbourn

 

http://www.tonymcmanus.com/

Tony will be hosting a guitar workshop from 3pm – 5pm the day of the show at the First United Church. Cost of workshop is $40. Workshop attendees can purchase concert tickets for $10.  This is for guitarists of all levels and seating is limited.   

Call MFGS @ 248-646-4030 for information.

 

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Our Next Concert – International Guitar Night @ Callahan’s January 29th, 2011

Featuring Pino Forastiere, Clive Carroll, Brian Gore and Alexandre Gismonti http://internationalguitarnight.squarespace.com/

Lots of other Guitar News

Renowned guitarist Richard Gilewitz will perform @ Trinity House on November 13th.  Gilewitz will also host a guitar workshop the day of the show. http://www.trinityhouse.org/2010_events/11_13_10_richardgilewitz.html

The Classical Guitar Society of Michigan will host 2009 Guitar Foundation of America Winner Florain Larousse at a Master Class on November 13th and will perform on November 14th. For information http://www.arborguitar.ms11.net/CGSM_index.html

Stay tuned for more music from the Ann Arbor Classical Guitar Society http://www.society.arborguitar.org/

We welcome a new Michigan friend here @ MFGS,   Strings By Mail http://www.stringsbymail.com/store/  (Buy Michigan!) 

And we welcome another new friend in Saginaw. The White Crow Music Conservatory   http://whitecrowconservatory.blogspot.com/ 

& All of our other friends

Pam Rossi of WCSX and Overeasy http://www.wcsx.com/overeasy/                                                            

Paul Murphy of Bluefish Guitars http://www.bluefishguitars.com/ 

Gary Zimnicki of Zimnicki Guitars http://www.zimnicki.com/                                                                          

JB Davies  http://jbdavies.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-home.cgi?d=jbdaviescom      

Ann Delisi on WDET with Essential Music http://www.wdetfm.org/ann-delisi.php,                                                         

Rob Reinhart of WDET with Acoustic Cafe & Essential Music, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rob-Reinharts-Essential-Music/260231449465

Shelest Music Workshop  http://shelestmusicworkshop.blogspot.com/

Huber Breese Music - http://www.huberbreese.com/

Us volunteers at MFGS could always use help posting flyers so email us at rxvalle@yahoo.com if you can give us a hand posting at Coffeehouses, workplace, gyms, restaurants etc....

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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Concert Reminder, This Saturday - Preston Reed

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MFGS presents in Performance

Preston Reed

This Saturday September 25th

First United Methodist Church

22331 Woodward in Ferndale,

 just south of 9 mile.

Admission $20 - Seniors and Students - $15

Performance @ 7:30 pm - doors open at 6:30

 

  Billboard Magazine says -Reed is a "Heart stopping tour de force" 

Guitarist Magazine  calls his performance "True spellbinding guitar mastery"      

The late great master of fingerstyle, Michael Hedges says of Preston Reed in 1996,    "If I'm a hard core guitar player, Preston Reed is petrified. He's so into it that he has alchemized. I've never seen anyone more precise. He's really inspiring."    

Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society Says - "Don't miss him"!

Preston will conduce a 2 hour guitar workshop for players of all levels at 3pm on the date of the show.  All workshop attendees will recieve a concert ticket for $10. Don't miss the chance of seeing one of the true legends of contemporary fingerstyle guitar.  

Preston is making a special effort to get here on time for the workshop on Saturday.  We will need to know if you are planning to attend the workshop  by this Friday September 24th, so please call us ahead of time.

For information on tickets or to reserve a place at the workshop please call 248-646-4030 

Our next concert will not be for 2 months so take this opportunity to check out Preston Reed. Hopefully it won't be another 7 years till he gets back this way!        

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Preston Reed Sat. Sept 25th

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 This Saturday September 25th

MFGS presents in Performance

Preston Reed

First United Methodist Church

22331 Woodward

Ferndale (just south of 9 mile)

Tickets $20 General Admission - Students/Seniors $15

         Buy Tickets Now!

 

At age 16, Reed was inspired by Jefferson Airplane's rootsy blues offshoot, Hot Tuna, with guitarist Jorma Kaukonen. He then studied John Fahey and Leo Kottke. At 17, Reed played his first live gig, supporting beat poet Allen Ginsberg at the Smithsonian Institute. Preston Reed has virtually reinvented how the acoustic guitar is played. Reed plays a flamboyant "self invented" style, characterized by percussive techniques and simultaneous rhythm and melody lines that dance and ricochet around each other, giving his music a level of excitement that is unparalleled today. 

See for yourself http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oVzB0zRBU0

 

"A heart stopping tour de force"      -                                         Billboard Magazine

"True spellbinding guitar mastery"      -                                    Guitarist Magazine

$20 General Admission, $15 seniors/students,  Doors open at 6:30 pm

Tickets @ the door or www.fingerstyle.org

Preston Reed will host a 2 hr guitar workshop 3pm-5pm same day of the show. Workshop cost is $40.

Discounted concert tickets are $10  to workshop attendees. Workshop is intended for players of all levels and  seating is limited!  Call (248) 646-4030 to reserve a seat @ the workshop or for concert info.

Other events to consider

Celino and Lito Romero of the Romero Guitar Quartet will be at WSU Friday, Sep. 17 http://www.music.wayne.edu/Romeros.php

                Guitar Masters Tour Featuring Eric Johnson, Peppino D'Agostino & Andy Mckee, October 3rd @ the Ark

Tony McManus  First United Methodist Church, Ferndale on November 20th

International Guitar Night - Callahan's on January 29th, 2011,  featuring Italy's Pino Forastiere, Brazil's Alexandre Gismoni, England's Clive Carrol and Brion Gore from the US

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California Guitar Trio this Sunday @ Callahan's

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Dear Friends of MFGS……Just a reminder for you to settle into fall with!

Picking Party on Sunday September 19th MFGS board member, and recent attendee of an Interlochen Guitar Festival Workshop, Dave Stuart will host a picking party @ Shelest Music Store in St. Clair Shores from 3pm - 6pm.  Directions can be found on their facebook site  http://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Clair-Shores-MI/Shelest-Music-Workshop/137302566303579?v=wall  and http://shelestmusicworkshop.blogspot.com/ This is an informal gathering of guitarists or guitar music lovers of all levels. Some come to play, some come to listen.  We share songs, ideas and information about fingerstyle guitar.  Save the date, more information to come. Thanks Gordy for opening up your shop!

 

 

The California Guitar Trio.  They will be performing, this Sunday, September 12th @ Callahan's Music Club in Auburn Hills

Performance starts early @ 7pm.  Tickets will be available at the door. General admission for this event is $25.

Best to get there at 6pm, pick out some nice seats. Grab, some grub and spirits, and then enjoy a very special evening of music.

For openers; if you’ve never seen anyone play the Chapman Stick; don’t miss special guest, Glenn Poor man who hails from Southwest Michigan, and is a fabulous performer in his own right. You may see this guy a lot more in the future and wouldn’t it be nice to say you saw him way back in 2010 @ Callahan’s?  Callahan's is just 15 minutes north of our usual venue and maps are available on their site, http://www.atcallahans.com/  

California Guitar Trio will stick around after the show to chat about their music and sign a CD copy of their live performance this Sunday! ~ How often do you see that?

There are still open spots for the California Guitar Trio, Guitar Workshop which starts at 3pm on Sunday. Get there 15 to 20 minutes early to set up!  This is really a unique opportunity to spend a couple of hours, hands on, with a trio of truly amazing guitarists. Let’s think……..hmmmm?……to become a renowned accomplished professional guitarist, then study with legendary King Crimson Guitarist Robert Fripp for 5 years in England, and form a trio, and then travel the world performing for 20 years! And, on top of that! ... offer to impart some of what you’ve learned to a handful of guitarists of all levels for 2 hours in a very intimate setting... Let’s call that an offer you should consider (or perhaps, not refuse!). Workshop tickets are $40, but If you attend the guitar workshop your concert tickets are only $10. Call 248-646-4030 if you would like more information.

Next up on our schedule is one of the premier Finger style Guitarist …. Preston Reed. September 25th in Ferndale at the First United Methodist Church, 22331 Woodward. 

 Billboard Magazine calls him a “Heart stopping tour de force”,

The London Times says  “he’s “In a class of his own” –

The last time we were able to book Preston Reed was in 2003.  This guy doesn’t come around that often.  Don’t miss him!!

 

Future dates.  November 20th, Tony McManus

The Best Celtic Guitarist in the World   John Renbourn

 

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MFGS Concert Updates - Sunday Sept. 12th

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MFGS Concert Updates

Our fall concert series starts off soon with a world class group of guitarists known as California Guitar Trio.  They are appearing on

Sunday September 12th @ Callahan's Music Club in Auburn Hills, at 7pm.  Callahan's is only 15 minutes north of our Ferndale Venue. Having attended a CGT performance we can attest that they are remarkable musicians who present an amazingly entertaining show.  

CGT will be featuring music from their new CD release called 'Andromeda' http://www.cgtrio.com/latest/item/1-andromeda-will-hit-the-earth-in-october  as well as their storied repertoire from classical to fusion and even surf music. They have been featured on several Olympic broadcasts and they performed at the 2003 Grammy's.  CGT will be recording this concert and CD's will be available after the show.  For info and to catch some of their music check out http://www.sroartists.com/artists/californiaguitartrio/index.php

Tickets for their performance are available @ www.fingerstyle.org or at the door for $25 general admission.

This link to Callahan's has a map and Callahan's has a dinner menu and drinks.  It may be a good idea to get there at 6pm, find some nice seats and grab dinner and drinks before the show starts. www.atcallahan's.com

Opening for CGT will be local Chapman Stick perfomer Glenn Poorman. The Chapman Stick is a pretty unique instrument made notable by Tony Levin of King Crimson/Peter Gabriel fame. http://www.stick.com

Guitar Workshop By CGT!

In addition to their performance California Guitar Trio will be sponsoring a Guitar Workshop from 3pm - 5pm the same day as the show. CGT initially studied with Robert Fripp of King Crimson back in the late 80's and have been touring since. They have been proponents of the 'New Standard Tuning' which will be discussed at the workshop. What a remarkable opportunity to spend 2 hours, close up and hands on with some of the best guitarists in the world. The fee for this workshop is $40.  http://www.sroartists.com/artists/californiaguitartrio/files/sem-cgt.pdf

We will be discounting concert tickets for workshop attendees. The Cost of the concert and the 2 hr workshop together will be $50.

If you would like to attend the workshop you'll need to call 248-646-4030 to make a reservation. This is for guitarists of all levels!

Other important news

Picking Party on Sunday September 19th MFGS board member, and recent attendee of an Interlochen Guitar Festival Workshop, Dave Stuart will host a picking party @ Shelest Music Store in St. Clair Shores.  Directions can be found on their facebook site  http://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Clair-Shores-MI/Shelest-Music-Workshop/137302566303579?v=wall  and http://shelestmusicworkshop.blogspot.com/ This is an informal gathering of guitarists or guitar music lovers of all levels. Some come to play, some come to listen.  We share songs, ideas and information about fingerstyle guitar.  Save the date, more information to come. Thanks Gordy for opening up your shop!

Saturday September 25th, Preston Reed will perform at the First United Methodist Church at 22331 Woodward.  Check our web site www.fingerstyle.org for information and tickets will be available soon.

A Friend In Need .... Remembering the lyrics of James Taylor's classic song ˜You've Got a Friend'..."When your down and troubled And you need a helping hand"
We thinking about  a dear friend to MFGS who is in need of our assistance. 
Pam Rossi hosts the 'Overeasy'  Show on  WCSX/94.7 on Saturday & Sunday mornings. Pam plays a very eclectic variety of songs that are familiar to all of us and that we do not hear on other stations.  Check out her playlist here   http://www.wcsx.com/overeasy . Pam  also frequently hosts live performances by local and nationally known musicians and has always graciously hosted our guest guitarists from all over the world. Tragically,  Pam's Saturday show has been cancelled!!  We know that this show is a source of great music to many of us and we would like you to take a moment and let WCSX know how unhappy we are that this show was cut back. She may even loose the whole weekend to be replaced by preprogrammed shows, no live guests, and no soul to the show. MFGS is a big fan of Pam and her show and we know you are too! We encourage you to call station manager Brent Alberts at 248 398 9470 and leave a voicemail indicating your support of putting her back on the air on Saturdays and to protect her show on Sundays. Also please post this information on your facebook or myspace accounts or send email blasts to your friends.  We need to give back a little to someone who has given us great music over the years.

Future Performance Dates

Preston Reed- Saturday, September 25th @ First United Methodist Church, Ferndale

Stephen Bennett & Tony McManus both on the same stage in Ferndale, November 20th

Pino Forastiere, Brian Gore, Clive Carrol & Alexandre Gismonti, son of legendary Brazialian Guitarist Egberto Gismonti will perform with International Guitar Night, January 29th 2011 @ Callahan's.

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

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Tickets On Sale For California Guitar Trio - Sept 12th

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The Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society  presents

California Guitar Trio

Sunday September 12th, 7pm

 

At Callahan's Music Hall http://www.atcallahans.com/ 

2105 South Boulevard, Auburn Hills, MI     

Just 12 miles north of our Ferndale venue  

Callahans will have dinner and drinks for you starting at 6pm

            

Tickets available now $25   

 click here to  Buy Tickets Now!  
 
  It is pretty special when you can claim that your  music was featured on television coverage for the 1998, 2000,2002 & 2004 Olympics, that you performed on the 2003 Grammy Award Show and that your music traveled around the world as wake up music for the crew of NASA's Space Shuttle Endeavor. We think it is also pretty special that MFGS is bringing CGT to Callahan's for the first time. You'll hear music ranging from  King Crimson to Bach, fusing rock, blues, jazz, world music, progressive, as well as the quintessential California musical genre surf music, the California Guitar Trio's stunning virtuosity and  sly sense of humor have earned them an enthusiastic following and wide notoriety

This will be an amazing show and you'll hear compositions from their new CD 'Andromeda'    CGT will be making  live performance CD's for your purchase immediately after the show.

Opening for CTG will be Chapman Stick performer - Glen Poorman  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mg-zI89yCNU

California Guitar Trio will be sponsoring a Guitar Workshop from 3pm -5pm the day of the show.  This is a remarkable opportunity.  Spend 2 hours with CGT, pick out your seats and grab dinner while you wait for the show to begin.                                               

Workshop Tickets are $40 - Call 248-646-4030 for reservations, seating will be limited.                                        

Don't Forget!  Preston Reed

 

and The Interlochen Guitar Festival later this month

 http://college.interlochen.org/program/guitar-festival-and-workshop 

  http://www.interlochen.org/media/video-2009-icca-guitar-festival

and last but not least all of our other MFGS Friends to stay in touch with..... 

                                  

The Ann Arbor Clasical Guitar Society - http://www.society.arborguitar.org/                                                       

Classical Guitar Society of Michigan - http://www.arborguitar.ms11.net/CGSM_index.html                                           

Pam Rossi of WCSX and Overeasy http://www.wcsx.com/overeasy/                                                            

Paul Murphy of Bluefish Guitars http://www.bluefishguitars.com/ 

Gary Zimnicki of Zimnicki Guitars http://www.zimnicki.com/                                                                          

JB Davies  http://jbdavies.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-home.cgi?d=jbdaviescom      

Ann Delisi on WDET with Essential Music http://www.wdetfm.org/ann-delisi.php,                                                         

Rob Reinhart of WDET with Acoustic Cafe & Essential Music, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rob-Reinharts-Essential-Music/260231449465

Shelest Music Workshop  http://shelestmusicworkshop.blogspot.com/

Huber Breese Music - http://www.huberbreese.com/

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Fall 2010 & Spring 2011 Concert Announcements

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Dear Friends of MFGS

It's about time to announce our fall schedule and remind you of other musical events going on.  If  you were thinking about going to the  Canadian Guitar Festival there’s still time.  It starts on July 30th.   They have an amazing lineup of guitarists.  Check out the information at   http://www.canadianguitarfestival.com/    

Also here in Michigan there is our own Interlochen Guitar Festival and Workshop starting August 26th.   

http://college.interlochen.org/program/guitar-festival-and-workshop

These are two premier guitar events you won't want to miss!

 

Now on to our  Fall Concert Series 2010/Spring 2011

Sunday September 12th - with the remarkable California Guitar Trio http://www.cgtrio.com/   This will be a Sunday evening concert @ Callahans http://www.atcallahans.com/ 

The California Guitar Trio was founded in 1991 and consists of Paul Richards from Utah, Bert Lams of Belgium and Hideyo Moriya of Japan.  They  first  met in England at one of Robert Fripp’s Guitar Craft Courses in 1987. After their studies they embarked on a worldwide tour with Fripp’s League of Crafty Guitarists. 

A California Guitar Trio performance is like a night at the theater: Drama, passion, humor, joy , pathos, it's all there." -

                                                                                    Acoustic Musician Magazine

Save this date to see one of the most remarkable group of guitarists in the world today. 

         Buy Tickets Now!

   

 

 At Callahans Music Hall there is the opportunity to come early, get a good seat and have dinner before the show.

 

 

This will be a great show and you’ll hear compositions from the New CGT Album Andromeda.  After working on this album for more than 2 years, they have just set an official release date of October 12, 2010. This will be the first CGT album featuring entirely new original music, both composed and improvised by Bert, Paul and Hideyo. Guests on the album include Tony Levin, Julie Slick, Eric Slick, Tom Griesgraber, Tyler Trotter and more. Album Artwork by Pablo Mandel.

 

      CGT will sponsor a Guitar Workshop the same day as their concert.  More information to follow.

 

Next ...on Saturday September 25th MFGS presents  Preston Reed  @ the First United Methodist Church in Ferndale we will present http://www.prestonreed.com/ in  Concert & Guitar Workshop.  This will be Preston’s third visit here to MFGS.  He  last played way back in 2003. 

 

"True spellbinding guitar mastery" - Guitarist Magazine

November 20th - Stephen Bennett & Tony McManus on the same stage. 

January  29th, 2011  - International Guitar Night featuring Clive Carroll, Pino Forastiere, Brian Gore and Alexandre Gismonti

March 12th - Pierre Bensusan

April 16th - Stefano Barone

May 21st - Craig D'Andrea & Antoine Dufour

 

MFGS Friends to stay in touch with..... 

                                        

The Ann Arbor Clasical Guitar Society - http://www.society.arborguitar.org/                                                       

Classical Guitar Society of Michigan - http://www.arborguitar.ms11.net/CGSM_index.html                                           

Pam Rossi of WCSX and Overeasy http://www.wcsx.com/overeasy/                                                            

Paul Murphy of Bluefish Guitars http://www.bluefishguitars.com/ 

Gary Zimnicki of Zimnicki Guitars http://www.zimnicki.com/                                                                          

JB Davies  http://jbdavies.com/cgi-bin/p/awtp-home.cgi?d=jbdaviescom      

Ann Delisi on WDET with Essential Music http://www.wdetfm.org/ann-delisi.php,                                                         

Rob Reinhart of WDET with Acoustic Cafe & Essential Music, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rob-Reinharts-Essential-Music/260231449465

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

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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 this Weekend & Andy McKee Tickets Available

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Dear Friends of MFGS

First we would like to thank Bert Lams of California Guitar Trio (CGT) and Tom Griesgraber for a special night of music at the Barn in Rochester Hills last Wednesday.  The opener for the show was local Chapman Stick player Glenn Poorman who then joined the duo for an beautiful encore performance of the CGT song 'The Marsh'.  It was generous of Jeb & Betsy McIntyre to offer their 'Barn' for the opportunity for folks to see these performers in an intimate setting.

TOMORROW - SUNDAY JUNE 6TH - There is a Picking Party from 2pm to 5pm @ Shelest Music Studio in St. Clair Shores. MFGS's own Dave "Dadgadave" Stuart will host this Picking Party. He will start off by discussing DADGAD alternate tuning and performing a couple pieces in that tuning.  After that, there is an open mike for anyone to step up and perform a piece or two in any tuning they like!  This is a very informal and supportive setting so any player at any level is welcome to stop by to perform or just listen and check out Gordy's new music Studio. Shelest Music Studio is at  22410 Harper Ave. Saint Clair Shores, between 8 & 9 mile on Harper Ave.  Use google maps or mapquest to get you there and look for our MFGS signs out front! (586) 218-7071.  guitargordo@yahoo.com    

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We have been getting calls about Andy McKee's performance @ Callahan's on July 17th http://www.andymckee.com/ .  Callahans is a music hall near Woodward @ Square Lake Road in Auburn hills, about 12 miles north of the Woodward/696 interchange.  MFGS generally does not sponsor summer concerts but due to Andy's touring schedule and the opportunity to host the concert @ Callahan's we set up his concert there. This is a first for us @ Callahan's and this fall we will return to our Ferndale venue.   Callahans offers us a great venue tailored for music and also they have a dinner & drink menu . http://www.atcallahans.com/Menu/Menu.htm

Andy has quite a national following and there were nearly 400 folks in attendence at his 2008 performance in Ferndale.  Callahan's has a more limited seating arrangement so you may want to consider purchasing tickets ahead of time.  

       Andy will sponsor a guitar workshop before the show between 3pm & 5pm.             The workshop is 2 hours of hands on instruction from one of the best fingerstylists around. This workshop is for players of all skill levels. 

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http://www.atcallahans.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRAiUzrmkMk&feature=related

Tickets are on sale now 

$25 for General Admission &

 $20 for Seniors (60 & over) or students with ID.   

There will be limited seating for this performance   

 For More information on the Picking Party, the Andy McKee concert or the guitar workshop please call 248-646-4030

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

 

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MFGS Music Updates & Andy McKee Concert Information

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We at MFGS would like to thank all of you for your support, and also to our musical guests for a really fabulous spring season of guitar music.  Typically this would be the last you would hear from us until September but we have a few things brewing that we hope will catch your attention. 

First of all let's take a moment and thank Germany's Peter Finger for starting of our season out with a really impressive display of his guitarmanship.  Peter was not well known here in the US but we certainly witnessed a special night of diverse fingerstyle music and storytelling that has been performing in the rest of the world for a few decades now.  Thanks Peter!  Next we were just totally enthralled by  Guitar Republic's remarkable evening of innovatively brilliant music.  Until that night I have never seen a standing ovation before intermission!  Italy's Pino Forastiere, Sergio Altamura and Stefano Barone really enjoyed the 'love' they felt from the audience and you can tell by their encore arrangement of Johan Sebastian Bach's, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' (yea right Pino, you can't fool us on that one, we're an educated audience !!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC-7hgnpZqc . Guitar Republic deserves a 'saluti e baci' (it's an Italian thing!) from all of us.  Finally the master, Laurence Juber, did some great interviews on Pam Rossi's 'Overeasy' and then Ann Delisi's 'Essential Music' shows. Laurence then joined us along with our friends at MAMA's Coffeehouse.  Thank's MAMAs for allowing us to share a very special night of beautiful compositions and some covers of Beatles tunes by LJ.  

So, what's up now?  As part of our mission of supporting guitar music that comes in our area we would like to remind you that This Wednesday, June 2nd, California Guitar Trio's Bert Lams performs with  Tom Griesgraber  @ 'The Barn' in Rochester Hills.   This is a house style concert with limited seating, which isn't a bad thing, if your there!  Please go to http://www.poorman.ws/detroitstick/berttom/ for more information.  We've been trying to get these guys for a few years and this is the chance to see them up close.  Support these musicians, you won't be disappointed.    Here is a sample of what you will see this Wednesday!   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JU0MaVHXV54&feature=related 

Next on our agenda is a  MFGS Picking Party, Sunday June 6t  from 2-5pm  Another part of our mission is to help promote Fingerstyle Music by having networking or picking parties. These are very informal gatherings where some of our more seasoned guitarists  lead a discussion about an aspect of fingerstyle playing. After that there can be more discussion and then  there is time to go up to the mike and perform in a truly non-competitive, supportive and very appreciative audience.  MFGS's  own Dave "Dadgadave"  Stuart will host this Picking Party at Shelest Music Studio in St. Clair Shores on this Sunday.  Shelest Music Studio is at  22410 Harper Ave. Saint Clair Shores, between 8 & 9 mile on Harper Ave.  Use google maps or mapquest to get you there.   (586) 218-7071.  guitargordo@yahoo.com   June 6th,  Learn a little and play a lot or play a little and learn a lot!

 

And finally, we have been getting calls about this special performance for a couple months now.   We are very pleased to announce that on Saturday, July 17th  Andy McKee will perform live at Callahan's Music Hall in Auburn Hills Michigan. 

http://www.atcallahans.com/

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRAiUzrmkMk&feature=related

Tickets are on sale now. $25 for General Admission and $20 for Seniors (60 & over) or students with ID.    There will be limited seating for this performance

We first brought Andy here to Michigan in 2006 after hearing about his finalist performance in the 2001  Winfield Kansas Fingerstyle Competition.  Andy was a newcomer to  MFGS which, fulfilled another part of our mission by bringing in new fingerstyle performers to our audience.   Andy returned in 2008 to an overwhelming show selling nearly 400 tickets at our First United Methodist Church Venue.

Picking up the guitar at age 13 Andy eventually was inspired by Preston Reed, Billy McLaughlin, Michael Hedges and Don Ross. From teaching guitar at a music store in Topeka  the self-taught McKee is now considered one of the worlds finest acoustic guitar soloists  His dedicated online community has raised his YouTube video views in excess of 78 million plays and at one point he held the #1, #2 and #3 positions for Top-Rated Videos of All Time on YouTube. McKee has seen fantastic online media success which has allowed him to tour internationally with over 200 live shows a year. 

 Callahans offers a unique venue in that it is a concert hall and a restaurant!  Stop in early to reserve your seat, enjoy a meal and then watch Andy McKee perform. 

http://www.atcallahans.com/Menu/Menu.htm

Better yet!   Andy will also sponsor a guitar workshop for players of all levels from 3pm to 5pm @ Callahans.  The workshop cost is $40 and you can reserve your front row seat at the concert by attending the workshop.  

 For More information on the Picking Party, the Andy McKee concert or the guitar workshop please call 248-646-4030

 

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

 

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Concert Reminder - This Saturday, April 17th. Guitar Republic

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Dear Friends of MFGS

Just a reminder that this weekend, Saturday April 17th, @ 7:30 pm, Guitar Republic will be performing at the

First United Methodist Church @ 22331 Woodward, 4 blocks south of 9 mile in Ferndale. 

Guitar Republic | Guitar Republic

Doors open at 6:30 pm, Show at 7:30 pm
Tickets are $20 & $15 for Students & Seniors

There are still a few open spots in the guitar workshop from 3pm - 5pm. The focus will be performing and composition with other guitarists in a group. This is for players of all levels.  All 3 members of Guitar Republic will be teaching at the workshop. 

Consider coming to the workshop, selecting your seats and then going out to eat at one of the restaurants within walking distance of the church. You won't need to get back to the church until just before the concert starts! 

Workshop attendees will receive concert tickets for $10.

Call 248-646-4030 to reserve a spot at the workshop or for questions about this performance or MFGS

Our next two concerts will be held at other Venues !!

May 15th, 2 Time Grammy Winner - Laurence Juber @ MAMMA's Coffeehouse

July 17th, Andy McKee - Callahan's Music Hall

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MFGS - Performances This Week - resend (sorry)

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Friends of MFGS-  Due to an error in sending out this newsletter only 1/2 of our distribution list was contacted.  We are sending out the newsletter again so that everyone gets the information.  If you've already received this today we apologize for the resend.  

Part of the mission of MFGS is to let you know about upcoming guitar events. Here is a listing of some performances. Please let us know if you here of guitar performances that you want mentioned. Remember that we are volunteers so give us a decent lead time. And we can always use a hand getting flyers posted at coffee shops, music stores or where you work. Call us if you can help out 248-646-4030 

 

Thursday April 15th - Our own JB Davies www.jbdavies.com will be opening for Jill Jack  at the City Mission Benefit Concert & Wine Tasting night. 

Admission is $30.00 per person and you BYOW (bring your own wine) . The benefit is at the beautiful Redford Theatre 17360 Lahser, http://redfordtheatre.com/  Detroit, MI 48223.  You will have a chance to hear great performances by some gems of the Motor City in the most well kept secret, the Redford Theatre. You will also be able to share your favorite wine with friends, new and old.   

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Will all of this music going on, don't forget that on

April 17th we will be featuring Guitar Republic in their first US appearance.

 First United Methodist Church, 22331 Woodward in Ferndale.

                                                         

This will be remarkable night of music from Pino Forastiere, Stefano Barone & Sergio Altamurahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCQCkcqTgqA  General Admission tickets are $20 & $15 for students & seniors  available on line www.fingerstyle.com or at the door.

Stefano, Sergio and Pino will conduct a 2 hour guitar workshop from 3pm - 5pm the day of the show at the First United Methodist Church. The cost of this workshop is $40 and it is for all levels of players.  The focus of the workshop will be composition and performance in a band. If you attend the workshop your concert ticket is only $10.  Seating is limited. 

We are also fortunate to have Michigan Luthier, Gary Zimnicki at the show www.zimnicki.com  Gary will have some of his fine handcrafted instruments for you to view.  

Call 248-646-4030 to reservve a seat at the workshop or for concert information.

Farther down the line.......

May 15th - @ MAMA's Coffeehouse - 2 Time Grammy Winner Laurence Juber - Ferndale guitarist Joel Palmer will open for Laurence.

July 17th @ Callahan's Music Hall -   Andy McKee

 

and thanks to our friends who fill us with the music we love to hear!!

This is WDET's pledge week so help them keep this music coming to us by donating whatever you can. 

Ann Delisi's Essential Music on WDET   http://www.wdetfm.org/ann-delisi.php  & facebook

Rob Reinhart's Essential Music and Acoustic Cafe on WDET http://www.acafe.com/   & facebook

Pam Rossi's 'Overeasy' show on WCSX   http://www.wcsx.com/overeasy/   & facebook

Candyrat Records  www.candyrat.com 

Ann Arbor Classical Guitar Society -   http://www.society.arborguitar.org/   

The Classic Guitar Society of Michigan  - http://www.guitarmichigan.org/

MAMA's Coffeehouse   http://mamascoffeehouse.org/

Trinity House - http://www.trinityhouse.org/

Carrick House Concerts - http://www.myspace.com/carrickshows

Callahans Music Hall - www.atcallahans.com

and finally, don't forget to join us on facebook!

A special thanks to Jan Golz who works behind the scenes to make our society successful .

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

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April 18th Concert Reminder

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On April 18th Peppino D’Agostino will perform in concert &

sponsor a guitar workshop for MFGS.

At The First United Methodist Church

22331 Woodward (just 4 blocks south of 9 mile in Ferndale)

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

 

Show starts @ 7:30pm and doors open @ 6:30pm. Tickets can be bought online @ www.fingerstyle.org or at the door.

D'Agostino was chosen as ‘Best Acoustic Guitarist, 2007’ by Guitar Player magazine Readers Choice Awards and he is on the cover  of the most recent Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine.   

 

Acoustic Guitar magazine calls him “One of the most capable composers among fingerstyle guitarists” & the San Francisco Chronicle says he is  “a poet…among the best talents around”

 

D’Agostino has released 12 critically acclaimed CDs and 2 DVDs. He has been featured on numerous guitar samplers alongside such greats like Pat Metheny & John Scofield. For more information on Peppino visit www.peppinodagostino.com & http://www.myspace.com/pdagostino

 

Peppino will appear on Pam Rossi’s ‘OverEasy’ show (94.7 WCSX) http://www.wcsx.com/overeasy/ on Saturday April 18th @ 10:30 so make sure to tune in and hear him &

 you can tune in to Pam’s show any Sat. or Sun. to hear some great music 7am – 12 noon.

   

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear another amazing fingerstyle guitarist appear in concert with MFGS. Tickets are available online www.fingerstyle.org

or at the door. 

 

 

Peppino will be also be sponsoring a guitar workshop @ our venue from 3pm - 5pm.  The cost of the workshop is $40. If you come to the workshop and wish to attend the concert then concert admission will be $10 for general admission and only $5 for students and seniors.

 

There are still some seats available but seating is limited. 

Call 248-646-4030 to register.

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

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Picking Party Reminder on Nov 23rd.

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ATTENTION FINGERSTYLE GUITAR PLAYERS & FANS

 

Please Join us for a "Picking Party"

on Sunday November 23, 2008

                             2:00 PM (sharp) - 5:00 PM    

 

                     Our Sponsor for this event is Paul Murphy (thanks Paul) & the folks at

Blue Fish Music 

www.bluefishguitars.com

A guitar players paradise with great gear and great prices! 

 

        744 Starkweather St. - Plymouth, MI -  Ph: 734-927-0675

Located in Plymouth's Old Village near the corner of Liberty and Starkweather

 

check out their website for directions

 

 

We Want to Hear What Your Guitar has to say!

 

We offer an "Open Mic" format for guitarists of all skill levels in a noncompetitive and encouraging environment.  Entertain the group with one of your tunes or just come along and enjoy the music. 

 

Other Activities include:

 

- Discussion and Tips on creating a set list

- Product Demonstrations

- Socializing and Refreshments 

- Win a pair of tickets to one of our spring concerts

- Raffle of MFGS CDs made by members like you!

- Comments and suggestions for MFGS Board always welcome!   

 

 



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Craig D'Andrea & Antoine Dufour - October 11th - New Venue

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       The Michigan Fingerstyle

                Guitar Society

                              Presents

          Craig D'Andrea       Antoine Dufour

    

          2007        &       2006

       Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition Winners

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcanWkRbnwQ&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shV9iEwkaN0

            October 11th, 2008

        @The Players Guild of Dearborn 

          21730 Madison, Dearborn

         Show @ 7:30 (Doors Open @ 6:30)  

                                  Click on link for directions

  http://www.playersguildofdearborn.org/html/plan_your_visit/   

     *Remember,this show is not in Ferndale*       

  Craig & Antoine will be live on 94.7, Pam Rossi's 'Over Easy' radio show  Saturday October 11th @ 10:15 am       

                            "Creating new audiences for fingerstyleguitar by playing tunes with jaw-dropping chops"   Acoustic Guitar Sept 2008

    $20 Admission - $15 students & seniors

Guitar workshop 3-5 pm, Cost $40

Call 248-646-4030 for information or to reserve a space @ the workshop

You don't want to miss 2 of the most exciting fingerstyle guitarists to emerge since Don Ross & Andy McKee !!!

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Newsletter - Summer 2008 Edition

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As we ramp up for our Fall 2008/Spring 2009 concert series we wanted to keep you up to date with some recent events occurring with MFGS.

First and foremost we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our outgoing board members & friends Rick Comiskey, Dan House & Dave Pierson. We are happy to hear that we will see them here for our concerts, workshops & picking parties. And we (speaking for you also) sincerely appreciated their volunteer efforts that have helped make MFGS as successful as we are today and blazed a path for our future.

JB Davies, Mark Hawks, Jeb McIntyre, Craig Porter & Jere Stormer will still remain on our board of directors.  Ron Stavale will assume the role as president and Kevin Tarnas will become the vice-president. This new board will continue to strive to present world class fingerstyle guitarists to you at our local venues, give you the opportunities to hone your guitar skills at the artists workshops & resume our tradition of picking parties to be held at various venues in Southeast Michigan. We also encourage you to consider volunteering your musical skills at our continuing community outreach programs.

We would like you to mark your calendars for our first two concerts upcoming this fall.  On September 20th we will be presenting Grammy Award Winner Ed Gerhard  who is returning to our stage for the third time!  Ed is one of those amazing guitarist who can draw so much emotion from his guitar while displaying such remarkable technical brilliance that he can drop jaws and create tears at the same time. Ed will sponsor a guitar workshop from 3pm-5pm the day of the show and his performance will be @ 7:30pm. 

On October 11th we present two rising stars in the world of fingerstyle guitar. From the stables of Candyrat records we are excited to announce that Craig D’Andrea & Antoine Dufour Craig and Antoine will perform solo and then some duets for us.  Craig & Antoine have toured solo and also  opened for, and played with Don Ross and Andy McKee. We feel these two amazing guitarists are following the career paths of Don & Andy and this  will be another remarkable evening of music. There will also be a workshop from 3-5pm the day of the show. 

Please stay tuned for our November concert to be announced soon and for further information on our upcoming events. We encourage you input and appreciate your support whether it be volunteering to help us at concert events or attending a concert workshop or picking party.  


 



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