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MFGS member Aaron Jones opens for Doyle Dykes

On Thursday April 6th MFGS member Aaron Jones will perform an opening set and most likely MC a show for Doyle Dykes.  Doyle Dykes will be performing at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.   The show will be free and will start at 7:30pm.

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Tommy Emmanuel in Concert

10/18/2005   (7:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
Big Rapids High School Auditorium
21175 15 Mile Road
Big Rapids, MI

Sponsored by Ferris State University

Tommy Emmanuel

Tuesday ,October 18, 2005 - 7:00 p.m.

Help us makeTommy's first Michigan visit spectacular!!!

(Doors open at 6 p.m.)

Location: Big Rapids High School Auditorium

21175 15 Mile Road, Big Rapids, MI

Ticket Price at the Door: $5.00 - Any Student, $10.00 - General Admission

A native Australian, Emmanuel's career spans three decades and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians in the world time and time again. Tommy's unique style - he calls it simply "finger style" - is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays a piano. Tommy not only is a very accomplished guitarist, but also plays drums and sings. Jazz legend Chet Atkins was one of the first people who inspired Emmanuel to pick up a guitar. Decades later, Atkins himself became one of Emmanuel's biggest fans, and is responsible for declaring Emmanuel a "Certified Guitar Player" - an honor shared by only two other people in the world (Jerry Reed and John Knowles). In his storied career, the Grammy-nominated Emmanuel has set sales records that have yet to be broken and performed alongside hundreds of other musical legends including Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, Sir George Martin, Hank Marvin and Joe Walsh. The consummate musician was voted Rolling Stone (Australia) Magazine's "Most Popular Guitarist" for two consecutive years and has earned four Platinum and three Gold albums.

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Tommy Emmanuel in concert


HI folks from the windy city.  Doing good here but just wanted to really recommend that if you can, do NOT avoid seeing Tommy Emmanuel's show when he comes to michigan.  I caught his show here in chicago and it was incredible.  He's a great entertainer and an absolutely incredible guitarist, both in terms of technique and feel.  Do yourselves a favor and don't miss seeing Tommy. 


See you all soon!


Merv Collins

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


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, the Royal Oak Music Theatre box office, or by calling 800-919-6272.

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MFGS Winter / Spring 2006 Concert Series


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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Listing of Outstanding Guitar Players

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

Al Petteway & Amy White
Stephen Bennett

Ed Gerhard

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

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Erika Luckett – House Concert in Rochester April 1st


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Chris Proctor in Michigan in April


Chris Proctor will be playing two concerts in MI in April -

MI, Midland- Friday, April 22, 7:30 p.m., Concert for Midland Folk Society, Midland, MI, 48640, 989.832.9525

MI, Hart- Saturday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.- Concert at Hart High School Auditorium, Hart, MI, 49420, 231.873.6320

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Don Ross on Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour

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

Here's a link to the archives:

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Kaki King @ the Ark 2/26/2005

Kaki King will be appearing at the Ark in Ann Arbor on February 26th.
The Ark
Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI

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  • Great show.. That lady can really play and perform. I highly recommend seeing h...more
    - [Merv Collins]

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MFGS Alumni win Grammy

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

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

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

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

There's also an excellent book for the Pink Guitar

Henry Mancini

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

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Between the Strings—the Secret Lives of Guitars


I picked this up a couple of days ago and it's been a fun read so far... with 100 contributors there's a plethora of different stories and opinions about guitars... Worth a read...  


More info at URL:
Peace out... Dan


Between the Strings—The Secret Lives of Guitars is a collection of more than one-hundred selected short stories, each with a guitar at its center. A veritable compendium of the world’s greatest guitarists, from BB to ZZ (B.B. King to ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, that is), the stories are inspiring, uplifting, illuminating, humorous, stirring, and edifying. Some of the stories are simply entertaining in the way they take unexpected twists and turns. Others are biographical. Many involve a guitar that was received, given away, lost, stolen, recovered, offered to its player a special song, or was pivotal in a personal relationship or life experience. Each of these stories reveals something of the human spirit, as well as something of the supernatural that sometimes makes its way into our ordinary, everyday existence. But in every case, the variety of experiences, settings, and remarkable outcomes are linked by the common celebration of life with the guitar. To paraphrase Ann Petry, “Everything you ever had, everything you ever lost. It’s all there in the guitar—pain and hate and trouble and peace and quiet and love.” There is so much more to music than meets the ears. To discover that, one needs only to read “between the strings.”



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Fall 2005 Concerts

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

Sept 17         Muriel Anderson

Oct 8            Laurence Juber

Nov 12         Billy McLaughlin

December 10        Don Ross

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

As always, concerts will be presented at:

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

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