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Rob Girdis Guitars
sound and careful attention to detail, combined with a willingness to
try new ideas, an understanding of the nuances of design and
construction that can tailor a guitar towards specific styles of
playing and to the individual, has brought Girdis Guitars a long list
of ecstatic customers ordering custom guitars.
Hoover began building guitars and carved-top mandolins in 1972. By 1976
his focus was on the modern steel string guitar. The task of becoming a
master at all aspects of guitar making is a lifelong pursuit, and
Richard has patiently refined his craftsmanship and knowledge as his
company has grown. Richard translates his skills and sensitivities as
an individual builder to an exceptional team of craftspeople. Richard's
style of allowing his craftspeople to interpret his vision has
propelled Santa Cruz Guitar Company to the forefront of modern guitar
Dart is a long time instrument maker and musician originally from
Claremont, California. He now lives in Navarro, a small hamlet in
Northern, rural California. David grew up in a musical family. He got
his start as a luthier during his teen years doing repair work in
Charles Chase's Folk Music Center in Claremont, California. His first
instrument was a dulcimer at age 14. David has made a wide variety of
musical instruments including Renaissance style reproductions and
Middle Eastern style instruments.
guitar steels and other guitar toys, plus software for the professional
musician. The Shubb Capo company began in California in 1974, when Rick
Shubb and Dave Coontz collaborated to design and produce a fifth string
capo for banjo. "We created the fifth string capo for me to use
onstage, but requests from other players prompted us to make a few
more. Our course was charted the day we bought a used milling machine
and set about making a hundred units."
Savoy: Cajun Accordions
Savoy Music Center specializes in building Cajun accordions and
produces over 100 accordions each year. While accordions are in high
demand, it also offers some of the greatest sound equipment, CDs and
cassettes, and other Cajun instruments including handmade rubboards and
triangles. Located on Highway 190 in the 'Savoy'
area between Eunice and Opelousas, the Savoy Music Center holds a Cajun jam every Saturday
morning. Come on by, bring your instrument or a friend, eat some hot
complimentary boudin and grab a cup of hot dark-roasted coffee, and
join the group or sit back and listen and talk with the local Cajuns!
Smith, the owner of Mesa Boogie in Petaluma, California writes, "In
1973 I started building amps, one at a time, in an old mountain
shack...Our goals remain unchanged from day one: Build the best musical
amplifiers we possibly can, and treat each of you as we ourselves would
wish to be treated, trying to make every musician a life-long and
toneful member of our amplifier family."
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Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle every Memorial Day
weekend and welcomes thousands of regional and international artists to
share traditions through music and dance performances, exhibits,
demonstrations and workshops.
traditional music festival in Winfield, Kansas, that draws people from
across the country with great performances on six stages. They also
hold contests for many different instruments, for song-writing and for
Strawberry Music Festival takes place twice each year over the Memorial
Day and Labor Day weekends. The festival occurs at Camp Mather,
Yosemite, California, which consists of 350 acres of mountains,
meadows, pine forest and picturesque Birch Lake nestled on the brink of
Hetch Hetchy, the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne.
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Festival of American
full week of workshops, band labs, concerts, dances and just playing
music, held each year during the week of the 4th of July at Fort Worden
in Port Townsend, Washington. Master faculty and tutors are drawn from
a broad range of fiddle traditions, including Southern-Appalachian, New
England, Cajun, Mexican, Quebequois, Cape Breton, Scottish - even
more than 25 years, there is still no better place to learn music than
the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop.
of Scottish Arts
of Scottish Arts is dedicated to the preservation and development of
Scottish arts, primarily piping, drumming and dancing, through
world-class instruction, student participation, and Scottish community
School of Piping and Drumming, located in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania,
offers quality musical instruction for beginning, intermediate, and
of the Moon
of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School in the northern California
redwoods offers intensive study, recreation, and good times with people
who share an interest in the music and dance traditions of Scotland.
Traditions creates fun, easy ways for singles and couples of all ages
and abilities to experience the rich world of partner dancing. Come
with or without a partner, meet new people and enjoy a whole new
community while you have fun learning to dance.
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Cajun French Music
Cajun French Music Association is a non-profit organization comprised
of Cajuns and non-Cajuns whose purpose is to promote and preserve Cajun
music and various aspects of the Acadian heritage.
to preserve and foster awareness and appreciation
of traditional and folk arts through education, outreach,
publication and performance.
in 1972, Northwest Folklife is the most visible advocate of the
traditional arts in the Northwest region through the presentation of
the annual Northwest Folklife Festival, education programs and other
public programs. It also produces recordings, publications and
exhibits, and offers research and consulting services.
presents a broad range of creative educational experiences which bring
together talented instructors with avid learners for week-long
residential workshops. Public performances are a celebratory aspect of
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music steeped in the Scottish tradition. "Alasdair Fraser's Culburnie
Records has quietly become one of the best Celtic music labels today."
--Dirty Linen Magazine
Ghost guitarist Mike Phelan's other career provides an on-line source
of sweet gifts for everyone: "Our award-winning products are baked
using the finest melted chocolate, fresh, imported candied ginger,
roasted almonds and hazelnuts, organic flour and other delicious,
designed and affordable websites for artists, musicians, writers, and
other non-profit groups...
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