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Don Ross Concert and Workshop

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Saturday, April 21st
Doors open at 6:30 pm, Show at 7:30 pm
First United Methodist Church
22331 Woodward Avenue
Ferndale, MI 22331
1-248-646-4030

On Saturday, April 21st, Don Ross performs at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church which is located at 22331 Woodward Avenue in Ferndale 3 blocks south of 9 mile on West side of Woodward. Tickets are available at the door for $15, Seniors/Students $10 or can be purchased online at www.fingerstyle.org. Everyone is encouraged to purchase advance tickets due to the large turnout of Don's performance for the MFGS.

On Saturday afternoon, April 21st, before the concert Don will be conducting a hands-on workshop from 3:00pm (sharp) – 5:00pm.  Space is limited, advanced reservation is required.   The Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society presents its workshop series in a non-competitive environment and welcomes guitarists of all skill levels.  Students can register or request information by contacting the MFGS office at 248-646-4030.  Cost is $40.

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.

The son of a Scottish immigrant father and a Mikm’aq aboriginal mother, Don was born in 1960 into a musical family.  He first started experimenting with the solo possibilities of the acoustic guitar at the age of eight. By age ten he was playing in alternate tunings and exploring “Fingerstyle” technique, a right hand discipline similar to classical guitar playing.  Preferring to write original music and develop a personal style, Don’s self-taught journey on the instrument has encouraged him to follow his musical intuition.  The result is an unclassifiable musical style that borrows from jazz, folk, rock and classical music.  When asked, Don usually pigeonholes his music as “heavy wood”.   Don graduated from the Music Department of Toronto’s York University in 1983, but waited until 1986 to start pursuing a career as a performer.  After his first win at Winfield, Don was asked to sign with Duke Street Records.  He recorded three CDs for Duke Street over the course of the next four years, Bearing Straight, Don Ross and Three Hands.  The CDs met with unanimous critical acclaim and numerous tours across Canada and the U.S.  Don even played at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

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.

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


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Upcoming concert

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


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Summer Benefit Show for the Church of the Holy City

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The Church of the Holy City Presents

Contact Phone No: (248) 546-7683

"The Strings of Summer"

(A Vocal and Guitar Fest)

(All Proceeds to Benefit The Church of the Holy City.)

Featuring

James Balcerski & Wayne Smoot

(This duo will be singing and playing music with a country flair.

Some of it will be originals – both words and music.)

Allan* & Angela Goetz

(Hear the absolutely angelic voice of Angela accompanied by Allan.

Originals are also on the books for these two. They are truly heaven sent.)

Merv Collins*

(Just in from Chicago with 3 different guitars and his newest CD "Bits and Pieces."

This will be a fantastic grand finale that you won’t want to miss!)

 

Saturday, July 8, 2006

Concert Performance will be held at

Sterling Estates Clubhouse located at 43475 LaGrand

in Sterling Heights, MI 48314

[For further directions, contact Linda or Mike Numerick at (586) 731-9416.]

Doors open at 7:00PM

Program: 7:30 – 10:00PM

Intermission at 8:30PM – Munchies / Meet and Greet

9:30-10:00PM – CD table perusal and encores.

Tickets are $10.00 at the door; Children Under 18 Free!

 

We wish to Thank: Our Fabulous Performers, the Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society

and Cheri Miller (Church Musician’s Liason).

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*Members of the Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society.



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DON'T MISS THIS CONCERT!

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We're proud to present GRAMMY® Award-winning guitarist Ed Gerhard this weekend. Considered by many to be the finest guitar player around today. As one critic said, "Ed Gerhard plays songs only the guitar can sing". This is perhaps an understatement.
5/6/2006   (7:30 PM - 10:00 PM) (doors open at 6:30 PM)
Location:
First United Methodist Church
22331 Woodward Avenue
Ferndale, MI 48220
 
GRAMMY® Award-winning guitarist Ed Gerhard will appear on Saturday, May 6 at the First Methodist Church, 22331 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, MI. Showtime is 7:30pm. Gerhard will be presenting a fingerstyle guitar workshop the following day, May 7, 1-3pm. To register for the workshop call (248) 646-4030. 

From sold out tours of Japan to headlining festivals in Italy, Ed Gerhard's music has touched concert audiences all over the world. Gerhard stands out among instrumental performers for his ability to captivate audiences of any size with a combination of virtuosity, generosity and humor distinctly his own. Known for his gorgeous tone and compositional depth, Gerhard can move a listener with a single note.

Ed Gerhard returns to Ferndale celebrating the release of his long awaited blues CD "Sunnyland." It is in homage to his blues heroes. “For me, the blues has been a deep source of inspiration since I began playing the guitar as a kid. Guys like Blind Willie McTell, Tampa Red and especially Mississippi John Hurt were my heroes. While I’ve always played blues I’ve rarely recorded any of it. When James Jensen at Solid Air Records suggested this project to me I jumped at the chance to revisit my old musical stomping grounds. This unexpected trip back to the well really inspired me, and I had a great time writing the music for this record. I think there’s a pretty good mix of styles on there, from great gospel tunes like “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” and “Amazing Grace” to some rollicking uptempo tunes like “Night Owl Blues” and “Little Road”. I hope you’ll enjoy the music.” Ed Gerhard

He has recently been awarded the coveted GRAMMY® Award for his inclusion on Henry Mancini; Pink Guitar. Gerhard arranged and performed "Moon River." His recordings and performances have received unstinting praise, including the Boston Globe Critics' Pick for "Top Ten Albums of the Year." Acoustic Guitar Magazine writes "...his recordings and live performances have established him as one of the most exciting of the guitarist-composers." His music is featured in the Ken Burns documentary Mark Twain.

Gerhard will share an evening of exquisite guitar music- performing songs from newly released CD "Sunnyland" as well as concert favorites. Performing on 6-string, 12-string, slide guitar and Hawaiian lap steel, Gerhard combines rare compositional depth with inspired virtuosity. Fans of guitar music won't want to miss this opportunity to see and hear one of the country's finest players.


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Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society Presents Erika Luckett in Concert

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Saturday April 22, Erika Luckett will be in concert at the Barn in Rochester. The Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society is pleased to welcome award winning singer/songwriter/guitarist, Erika (say “eddie-Kah”) Luckett, back to Rochester Hills to perform a concert at The Barn (2791 Walton Blvd Rochester Hills) as her spring tour breezes through the Midwest. 


Get there early, because seating is on a first come first serve basis, and the venue only seats about 65. Doors open at 6:30, and the concert takes place at 7:30 on April 22, and tickets are $15 at the door.  Since this is my home, BYOB is ok. This is Erika’s second performance presented by the Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society, a non-profit organization created to promote the appreciation of fingerstyle guitar through concerts, workshops and good will.  She played to a packed house in April, 2005 and was so well-received, they’ve invited her back.


Unlike many of the artists we’ve brought in, Erika writes most of her own material, and sings, in addition to being a superb guitar player. She’s also a fine entertainer, blending humor and insight with her musical virtuosity. This is a show you won’t want to miss.


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Erika Luckett is blazing songs across the global frontier. Some say it's like Michael Hedges' guitar slipped its way onto a Bebel Gilberto vocal track; or that Carlos Santana hung out with Lucinda Williams and came up with a whole new repertoire. Others say she sounds like Shawn Colvin after a steamy adventure in Havana; or like Norah Jones with a funky edge.  Performing Songwriter Magazine introduces her this way: "To be blessed with prolific songwriting skills and a captivating voice is one thing.  But to absolutely master an instrument on top of that is indeed an enormous accomplishment. Meet Erika Luckett."  Whatever the description, it’s clear that Erika Luckett has carved out a new niche. 

Distinctions between styles fade beneath the undeniable talent and raw passion that characterizes Erika's music, whether singing in French, Spanish, English or Portuguese...whether tapping out a two handed Latin Funk groove or teasing a lilting melody from her six strings.  Her audience may capture frames of Jazz, Folk, Pop, Latin, Flamenco, and Soul, but in the end the full reel of music offers a cohesive and captivating story.


A multi-award winning performer and songwriter, Erika has been honored as Female Artist of the Year 2004 by  Just Plain Folks (the world’s largest independent music organization), as well as One of the 100 Most Outstanding Women of the Year 2005 by both Modern Woman Today Magazine and the Jewish Post.  Her albums have received numerous accolades including Best International Music CD of the Year 2005 (World Art Celebrities Journal – “Unexpected”), Best Jazz Vocal Album 2003 (Just Plain Folks - “My Little Crime”) and Best Independent Release of the Year 2002 (Acoustic Guitar Magazine - “My Little Crime”).


This is an artist whose music and intention are about building bridges, upholding the beauty and depth of our human expression, and inspiring authentic connection.  She donated 100% of the proceeds from the sales of album “The New Orleans Sessions” after hurricane Katrina for relief efforts on the Gulf Coast.  Her next album, “Yaxche Live!” (to be released in May 2006) will benefit the Yaxche Learning Center in Taos, New Mexico, a school that cultivates creative and critical thinking as well as an integrative approach to learning.

Come experience the wonder of Erika Luckett in concert on April 22 at 7:30 pm at the The Barn in Rochester Hills - and step into a world where melody, lyrics and groove transcend the limitation of boxes and categories. For more information about this concert, call 248-705-1390, or visit the Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society on the web at www.fingerstyle.org.



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Ed Gerhard in Concert

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Ed Gerhard Workshop and in Concert
Concert Saturday May 6th

Workshop Sunday May 7th ( space is limited and by reservation only)

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

GRAMMY® Award-winning guitarist Ed Gerhard will appear on Saturday, May 6 at the First Methodist Church, 22331 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, MI. Showtime is 7:30pm. Gerhard will be presenting a fingerstyle guitar workshop the following day, May 7, 1-3pm. To register for the workshop call (248) 646-4030.  Tickets can be purchased online at  www.fingerstyle.org. Ed's workshops are among the very best we've ever presented, and as unbelievable as it sounds, suitable for all levels of player. You won't be disappointed!

From sold out tours of Japan to headlining festivals in Italy, Ed Gerhard's music has touched concert audiences all over the world. Gerhard stands out among instrumental performers for his ability to captivate audiences of any size with a combination of virtuosity, generosity and humor distinctly his own. Known for his gorgeous tone and compositional depth, Gerhard can move a listener with a single note.

Ed Gerhard returns to Ferndale celebrating the release of his long awaited blues CD "Sunnyland." It is in homage to his blues heroes. “For me, the blues has been a deep source of inspiration since I began playing the guitar as a kid. Guys like Blind Willie McTell, Tampa Red and especially Mississippi John Hurt were my heroes. While I’ve always played blues I’ve rarely recorded any of it. When James Jensen at Solid Air Records suggested this project to me I jumped at the chance to revisit my old musical stomping grounds. This unexpected trip back to the well really inspired me, and I had a great time writing the music for this record. I think there’s a pretty good mix of styles on there, from great gospel tunes like “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” and “Amazing Grace” to some rollicking uptempo tunes like “Night Owl Blues” and “Little Road”. I hope you’ll enjoy the music.” Ed Gerhard

He has recently been awarded the coveted GRAMMY® Award for his inclusion on Henry Mancini; Pink Guitar. Gerhard arranged and performed "Moon River." His recordings and performances have received unstinting praise, including the Boston Globe Critics' Pick for "Top Ten Albums of the Year." Acoustic Guitar Magazine writes "...his recordings and live performances have established him as one of the most exciting of the guitarist-composers." His music is featured in the Ken Burns documentary Mark Twain.

Gerhard will share an evening of exquisite guitar music- performing songs from newly released CD "Sunnyland" as well as concert favorites. Performing on 6-string, 12-string, slide guitar and Hawaiian lap steel, Gerhard combines rare compositional depth with inspired virtuosity. Fans of guitar music won't want to miss this opportunity to see and hear one of the country's finest players.

Visit Ed's website at www.EdGerhard.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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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
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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.

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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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Andy McKee in Concert

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Andy McKee
in Concert.
 February 11th 7:30pm
Workshop before Concert from 3-5pm

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

On Saturday, February 11th, at 7:30 pm the Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society presents one of today's finest young fingerstyle guitarists, Andy McKee.  Andy is hailed by many musicians in the acoustic world as the most promising fingerstyle guitarist to arrive on the scene in some time. Over the last thirteen years, Andy has cited numerous influences from Metallica, to Bjork, to Don Ross, to Tchaikovsky, and has created a unique voice on the acoustic guitar by drawing from these inspirations. In the last 4 years, Andy has placed highly in a number of guitar competitions including 1st in the State of Kansas, 2nd in Canada, and 3rd in the U.S. Fingerstyle Guitar Championships. In 2001, Andy was the youngest competitor to ever place in the top 3 at Winfield Kansas' esteemed National Fingerstyle Guitar Championships. In more recent years, Andy has begun international touring including performances in Taiwan, China, Japan, England, and Belgium.

Tickets are $15 general admission or $10 for seniors and children.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.Fingerstyle.org.

On Saturday, February 11th, from 3-5pm Andy will be conducting a hands-on workshop for up to 15 students.  Students will have an excellent opportunity to learn about Andy’s fingerstyle techniques.  Andy will also spend time answering questions as well as teaching his song “Drifting” from his “Art of Motion” CD.  Sheet music will be provided.  The Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society presents its workshop series in a non-competitive environment and welcomes guitarists of all skill levels.  Students can register or request information by contacting the MFGS office at 248-646-4030.

Cost is $40 for the general public or $35 for MFGS members.

Space is limited, and advanced paid reservations are required.


Andy McKee Audio Samples
Drifting | 7-14 | When She Cries
Andy McKee Video Samples
Common Ground | Drifting
Andy McKee's Website
www.ANDYMCKEE.com

Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society
255 E. Brown St. Suite 101
Birmingham, MI. 48009
248-646-4030 Office
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Stephen Bennett January 14th

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Stephen Bennett in Concert


1/14/2006   Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:30 PM
Location:
First United Methodist Church
22331 Woodward Avenue
Ferndale, MI 48220
Tickets $15, seniors and children $10

 Stephen Bennett
in Concert & Workshop
January 14th



Start the new year off with one of the very best!
Stephen Bennett is one of the finest guitarists playing today, and a favorite of the MFGS. 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.

Stephen's recently released CD contains some of the very best fingerstyle arrangements of Beatles songs ever recorded. Rumor has it another is on the way. Highly recommended.

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.

Space for the workshop is limited, and advanced paid reservations are required. Contact Jeb McIntyre at 248 705.1390 (leave message) or jeb@fingerstyle.org for reservations.

Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society
255 E. Brown St. Suite 101
Birmingham, MI. 48009
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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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Don Ross Concert and Workshop

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Don Ross in Concert
Saturday, December 10th
Doors open at 6:30 pm, Show at 7:30 pm
First United Methodist Church
22331 Woodward Avenue
Ferndale, MI 22331
1-248-646-4030


On Saturday, December 10th, Don Ross performs at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church which is located at 22331 Woodward Avenue in Ferndale 3 blocks south of 9 mile on West side of Woodward. Tickets are available at the door for $15, Seniors/Students $10 or can be purchased online at 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.

Workshop - Cancelled.

Live on WCSX -Saturday Morning Dec 10th at 10am!!

Don Ross will be making an appearance on
94.7 WCSX's Over Easy with Pam Rossi on Saturday morning about 10:00am. Tune in to hear the live interview and performance.

Here's a Video Clip of Don Performing Live:


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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.

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Pino Forastiere in Concert

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Pino Forastiere House Concert - Saturday Nov 19, 2005
The Barn (private residence of Jeb and Betsy McIntyre)

Advanced Tickets Strongly Recommended!
2791 Walton Blvd
Rochester Hills, Mi
248 705 1390 Phone

Doors at 6:30pm Showtime is 7:30pm
Cost: $10 per person  (No MFGS Discounts)

When you hear him play, you will hear the influence of Michael Hedges, but Pino is no Michael Hedges wanna be. He’s a unique performer who’s advancing the meaning of fingerstyle ever bit as much as Hedges did. Simply put, Pino is at the leading edge of fingerstylests who incorporate the most advanced techniques of this so called “heavy mental” approach to playing. You might say that while Pino was influenced by Hedges, he has clearly picked up where Michael left off.

MFGS is honored and very pleased to sponsor Pino for an intimate house concert at the Barn. A friend once told of seeing Barbara Streisand in a small club in New York. He couldn’t understand how she could not be famous since she was so talented. Shortly thereafter she rose to fame as the broader public realized her talent. We feel that we are getting a rare opportunity to see this international talent before the rest of the world catches on. We believe he is destined to become one of the greats! We hope you will join us.

Directions:The Barn is on the South side of Walton Blvd., just East of Adams. If you know where Meadowbrook Music Theatre is, just go East (toward downtown Rochester) about a half a mile. It’s next to the Church. Pull all the way to the back for the parking lot, or park on any available grass. Alternatively park in the church parking lot if you can’t find a space. Advanced tickets are strongly recommended! We only have space for about 50 people, and when we're full, we're full.

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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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Update on the Motor City Boogie Woogie & Blues Festival

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The AMRF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and preservation of American musical forms

American Music Research Foundation

History Life Music

c/o IC �� 30733 West Ten Mile Road �� Farmington Hills �� Michigan �� 48336-2605 �� tel. 248.478.2525 �� fax. 248.478.2568

Motor City Boogie Woogie & Blues Fest Shakes It Up

FARMINGTON HILLS, MICH., SEPT. 7, 2005 The 7th annual Motor City Boogie Woogie & Blues Festival is double the pleasure. This year’s concert has more twists and turns than ever.

Promoters are returning the concert to the Royal Oak Music Theatre, for a twin bill on Fri. Oct. 14 and Sat., Oct. 15. Doors open at 7 pm, show at 8 pm, both nights. The concert was last held at ROMT in 2001, as a 9-11 firefighter tribute. It later moved to Detroit’s Historic Redford Theatre.

Changing venues and broadening the scope of the concert are just two big news facts. “It’s a fascinating spot for this new concert series – lots of seating options, great parking and wonderful street ambiance that our boogie-and blues crowd likes,” said local entrepreneur and businessman Ron Harwood of the venue change. Harwood is president and founder of Farmington Hills-based American Music Research Foundation and the internationally known design firm Illuminating Concepts. The festival has been his brainchild since the first concert was held seven years ago at Ferndale’s Magic Bag. AMRF is the festival producer; and DaimlerChrysler continues as the major sponsor for the third year.

For the first time, the increasingly popular concert venue is adding a second night. Friday night’s show spotlights pure boogie woogie roots artists. Michael Kaeshammer, Toronto keyboard wiz and audience fave, headlines the Boogie night. Missing in action for two years, Kaeshammer has been gathering international awards and recording new material. The supporting boogie cast includes keyboard sensation Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne, from Vancouver; international artists Philippe LeJeune from Toulouse, France and sensation in the making Silvan Zingg from Manno-Lugano, Switzerland.

Saturday night’s concert features “Gen 2 Blues”. Second generation blues performers are those who follow in their parent’s footsteps. The big news is the appearance of Jackson 5 star Tito Jackson who shows the Detroit audience his blues side! Tito is a phenomenal blues player who learned in his formative years from his dad and then while in Detroit recording for Motown.

Also look for the Phantom Blues Band, who have backed up Taj Mahal and are part of the Blues Brothers touring band; also Bernard Allison (Luther Allison’s son); and Kenny Neal, offspring of blues harmonica legend Raful Neal; Tasha Taylor, whose fabled father, Johnnie Taylor, is known as The Wailer.

Both shows will be taped for national broadcast on PBS and their 350 affiliates.

The festival will pay tribute to Johnny Johnson, former Chuck Berry keyboard virtuoso, who died in April. Proceeds also will benefit the American Music Research Foundation, a 503-C non-profit which assists needy musicians. Donations also will be accepted for Hurricane Katrina victims.

Tickets are $35; at tickets.com. Or call 800-919-6272. Tickets also are available at the ROMT box office through Oct. 15. A cash bar and adjacent parking are available.

Media Contacts:

Ronda Lee or Bina Khan at Illuminating Concepts: 248-478-2525



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Muriel Anderson Concert & Workshop

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Muriel Anderson in Concert - Sept 17th 2005

Doors at 6:30  Showtime 7:30
First United Methodist Church,
22331 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, Mi
 


Widely respected as one of the country's foremost guitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Finger picking Guitar Championship. She is host and originator of the renowned "Muriel Anderson's ALL STAR GUITAR NIGHT®"  and founder of the Music for Life Alliance, a non-profit organization to put musical instruments in the hands of underprivileged children by providing instruments and funding for music education to schools and grassroots programs nationwide.



Muriel Anderson Workshop - Sept 18th 2005
1pm-3pm
First United Methodist Church,

22331 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, Mi

Easy Fingerstyle (Fingerstyle and Flatpicking Basics)

You can make your playing sound smoother and more professional, even if you are just a beginner! You will learn several simplified solos, including the Peanuts theme. This individualized workshop will cover hand technique in the context of learning new music. Includes two free sets of GHS strings. Workshop space limited. Cost is $35 for MFGS members, $40 for the General Public. Contact Mark Hawks Mark.Hawks@fingerstyle.org for reservations or info.
 

Muriel's Website | Audio & Video Samples | Press Release

Presented by:

The Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society
180 High Oak Rd. Ste 100
Bloomfield Hills, MI.  48304
248 646 4030 Phone



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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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7th Annual Motor City Boogie Woogie & Blues Festival October 14th and 15th

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Our friends at AMRF (American Music Research Foundation) have a new site up. More important, they've announced this years concert information, and tickets are available now. This may not be fingerstyle, but it is great music. Highly recommended! Tell them the Fingerstyle Guitar Society sent you.

 Daimler Chrysler presents the
7th Annual Motor City Boogie Woogie & Blues Festival

Friday, October 14th   &   Saturday, October 15th 2005
at the Royal Oak Music Theatre

Friday, Oct. 14th - Boogie Woogie Revue
Bob Seeley (USA)
Philippe Lejeune (France)
Michael Kaeshammer (Canada)
Silvan Zing (Switzerland)

Saturday, Oct. 15th - "Gen 2 Blues"
Phantom Blues Band
Bernard Allison (son of Luther Allison)
Kenny Neal (son of Raful Neal)
Tasha Taylor (daughter of "The Wailer" Johnnie Taylor)


Produced by the American Music Research Foundation.

 
Tickets are on sale now!
 
 $35 general admission tickets for the 7th Annual Motor City Boogie Woogie & Blues Festival (Presented by Daimler Chrysler) will be going on sale at 10am Friday, August 5th.   They will be available at tickets.com, the Royal Oak Music Theatre box office, or by calling 800-919-6272.


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MFGS Winter / Spring 2006 Concert Series

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The Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society is very pleased to present it's Winter / Spring concert series. Workshops will also be available the weekend of each concert. Please check the website for updates.

* Stephen Bennett - Jan 14th 2006
* Andy McKee - Feb 11th 2006
* Pat Donohue - Mar 11th 2006
* Al Petteway & Amy White - Apr 1st 2006
* Ed Gerhard - May 6th 2006



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

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

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

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

Vist the  Michael Gulezian

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Erika Luckett – House Concert in Rochester April 1st

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

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

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

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

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

Visit: http://www.erikaluckett.com/index.html

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

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


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

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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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