Clinics Set at Woodstock Luthiers Showcase


The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase is an alternative guitar show, featuring fine, handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical instruments exhibited by their makers. Show and sale with continuous live acoustic music performances, luthier mini-concerts, and special appearances.

The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase presents a gathering of some of the best contemporary stringed-instrument makers in the USA, and the finest examples of the luthiers’ art. Fine handmade instruments such as these are not usually available in music stores or other retail environments, and this is a rare opportunity for the public to see, play and experience the instruments, meet with their makers, discuss custom options and one of a kind creations, and to buy or order a dream guitar from dozens of master builders, gathered together in one place. Nylon-stringed classical and flamenco style guitars, steel-string flattop and archtop guitars, crossovers and hybrids, mandolins, banjos, and more will be on display. This year we are pleased to welcome a number of significant builders from the West Coast, eminent innovators all. Thirty Luthiers exhibiting in Bearsville Theater, with more Luthiers and other vendors in the Vendors Annex, next door in Utopia Soundstage. More than Fifty Exhibitors in all, including wood dealers, parts and tool suppliers, inlay artists, and lutherie services, string and accessories manufacturers, magazines and publications, lutherie schools and our Sponsors. Also included is a Special Exhibit of significant historic, vintage and contemporary acoustic guitars and stringed instruments loaned by major collectors, a mini-museum of spectacular stringed exotica. For the complete list of Exhibiting Luthiers & Vendors, please visit our website at

There will be continuous Live Music, Luthier Mini-Concerts and Special Appearances on the Performance Stage throughout both days, with fine and famous musicians, international recording artists and music educators demonstrating instruments and performing on behalf of the makers, included in the price of admission. Diverse musical styles – Folk, Flamenco, Fingerstyle Blues and Celtic, Jazz, Bluegrass, Middle Eastern, Latin-American, Classical – represented. There will also be Charity Raffles of guitar products, strings and accessories donated by sponsors, the entire benefiting various charitable organizations.

In addition, there will be a "String Sampler" Concert in the Bearsville Theater on Friday night, October 22, (separate admission) and a number of Instructional Clinics and Workshops (also by separate admission) on Saturday and Sunday.

The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase is nationally advertised in the guitar press, locally promoted in regional journals and papers, and draws attendees from the populous heart of the northeastern seaboard. The Woodstock Invitational has something for everyone, player, collector, aficionado, casual fan, educational for the general public, and great music for all. A portion of any proceeds will benefit The John Herald Fund, Family of Woodstock, regional food banks and local soup kitchens, and The Direct Grace Project.

All clinics and workshops will take place at The Bear Café, 295 Tinker Street (Route 212), Woodstock, NY 12498 (right next door to the Bearsville Theater). Cost per clinic is $35, advance reservations recommended. Participants should bring their own instruments. Dates and times still to be announced.

Paul Asbell: "Fingerstyle Country Blues Workshop"
Vicki Genfan: "Percussive Techniques for Acoustic Guitar"
Vic Juris: "Jazz Guitar Workshop"
Kinloch Nelson: "Arranging Songs For Solo Guitar, Some Fingerboard Mapping & A Little Theory"
Maria Zementauski: "Flamenco Techniques"


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