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October 2018

Artichoke Music Guitar Workshop

October 13, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Artichoke Music, 2007 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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We'll have room for up to 19 guitarists at Artichoke Music. The workshop begins promptly at 2:30 and will run until 5:00, with a very short break in the middle. Bring guitars, a sound or video recording device (no YouTube/social media postings without my express permission, thank you) and something to write on and with. "Anyone who plays guitar can learn a great deal from old masters of solo acoustic blues.Their strategies for playing solo guitar are useful across different…

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November 2018

Blues Guitar/Vocal Workshop – St. Landry’s Parish LA

November 11, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Whirlybird Dance Hall, get actual address when you contact them for tickets!
St. Landry Parish, LA United States
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The content of this workshop is yet to be settled, but I'm a fine slide guitar teacher, good delta and ragtime blues teacher, and I can coach singers into using the tools that make blues singers so emotionally effective. Teaching is a part of what I love. Content of these workshops is always driven by the agreed upon interests of those who come. Feel free to contact me before hand with your requests and questions. Reservations strongly advised. Thank you.

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Acoustic Blues/Slide Guitar Workshop-Duluth GA

November 17, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Red Clay Music Foundry, 3116 Main Street
Duluth, GA 30096 United States
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Eddie Owen and the Red Clay Music Foundry are presenting a workshop/concert combination on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Details will be forthcoming, but note the date and, my dear Atlanta friends, get out of town and come see me. My workshops often include the music of Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, acoustic slide guitar techniques, right hand basics, open tunings and standard tuning, as well as blues vocal techniques for non-blues singers! Content is always shaped by who comes. We…

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Red Clay Music Foundry-Duluth GA

November 17, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Red Clay Music Foundry, 3116 Main Street
Duluth, GA 30096 United States
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Eddie Owen Presents (EOP) is sponsoring this workshop/concert day north of Atlanta in Duluth GA. The workshop in the afternoon is for blues guitarists and singers. The evening performance is for anyone who values good music, longs to know its history and stories, and has a passion for great singing and acoustic guitar playing. Come out and join us. We will have a ball. Guaranteed! Note: There's a discount if you do the workshop AND the concert. Tickets

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January 2019

Beacon Hall Guitar Workshop, Salisbury NC

January 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Beacon Hall, 120 Elm Street
Salisbury, NC 28144 United States
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In support of this new program to involve the community in learning and making music, I'll be offering a masterclass/guitar workshop on the techniques of roots guitar playing, slide guitar, and the like on this Saturday morning, following the fundraising concert the night before. The workshop will b from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30. Participants should bring a guitar (acoustic, preferred); something to record sound, if possible; something to make notes on – and their musical curiosity!

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May 2019

Scott Ainslie & Reggie Harris, The Folk College, Huntingdon PA

May 24, 2019 - May 26, 2019
Folk College Huntingdon, PA 16652 United States + Google Map

What a delight to be returning to this lovely little town and this community of players, and I get to bring Reggie Harris with me for the fun! Always presented in collaboration with Huntingdon County Arts, the Folk College stresses open classes for mixed instruments as well as classes to drill down on core technique and styles for guitarists, etc. Populated by fine humans with a flair for having a good time, this is always grand. This May 2019 program…

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July 2019

Guitar Week, The Swannanoa Gathering, Swannanoa NC

July 28, 2019 - August 3, 2019
Warren Wilson College, 701 Warren Wilson Rd
Swannanoa, NC 28778 United States
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I am honored to be invited to teach, play, and carouse a bit with the remarkable community of players–students and teachers–at The Swannanoa Gathering. Nestled in the western NC mountains at Warren Wilson College, the setting is idyllic. For more than two decades, I've had a place at this musical feast. It is always a great joy to be invited back.

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November 2019

Guitar Workshop: The Music of Mississippi John Hurt

November 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Seminole, FL, actual address provided when you rsvp.
Seminole, FL United States
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A guitar student from Swannanoa has offered to host a guitar workshop at his house in Seminole, FL Limited to 12 students, this will be a fun Thursday evening gathering.  Reserve your space by buying a ticket below.  Exact address will be emailed to you after you sign up. Questions?  email barb@cattailmusic.com The Workshop: Even before John Hurt was re-discovered in 1963 at the age of 71, his 1927 and 1928 recordings had influenced a small coterie of guitar aficionados.…

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“Beat The Black Friday Blues” in Floyd, VA

November 30, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Hotel Floyd, 300 Rick Lewis Way
Floyd, VA 24091 United States
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$15 – $20

Got the Black Friday Blues? Come to Floyd, Virginia on Saturday for a day of Blues Guitar Workshops and an evening concert. Stay over at the venue Hotel Floyd at a special discounted room rate.

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January 2020

Acoustic Blues/Slide Guitar Workshop: Berryville VA

January 4, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Ct
Berryville, VA 22611 United States
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The Barns of Rosehill will be the site for this hands-on workshop for acoustic guitarists on the roots and branches of country blues and slide guitar. This 2.5 hour Saturday afternoon workshop will be paired with the evening concert for one discounted price or purchased separately, as you like. Feel free to contact me with your hopes for the workshop portion. I'll teach the players who show up and we'll do our best to satisfy everyone's hopes. How's that!!!

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How Did Robert Johnson Do That? Fort Worth Area Guitar Workshop

January 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Melinda’s house TX United States

CHANGE OF VENUE! This workshop and the Friday night concert will now be held at our friend Melinda Wood Allen's house. Please contact her to rsvp and for address / directions. unitymusicmel@yahoo.com (817) 819-6022 We'll be just under an hour west of where Robert Johnson made his first series of professional recordings at the Brunswick Record offices on the third floor of the 508 Park Avenue building in Dallas. Some of his music will be resonating again in this part…

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May 2020

POSTPONED-The Singer & The Song-WUMB Weekend

May 1, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - May 3, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
Grotonwood Camp & Conf. Center, 167 Prescott St.
Groton, MA 01450 United States
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This weekend featuring eight of the Summer Acoustic Music Week regulars is focused on the issues that singers and songwriters face in presenting a song: from writing to introducing; mastering the material and the microphones. Should be a grand reunion of staff and students!

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July 2020

Guitar Week Swannanoa

July 26, 2020 - August 2, 2020
Warren Wilson College, 701 Warren Wilson Rd
Swannanoa, NC 28778 United States
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Scott recorded instruction for his Mississippi John Hurt class that would have been this week at Swannanoa. See guitarweek page for details.

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