Tenth Annual Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase Announced

The event will be held October 26-28, 2018 at the Bearsville Theater and Utopia Soundstage in Woodstock, N.Y.
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The tenth annual Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase will be held October 26-28, 2018 at the Bearsville Theater and Utopia Soundstage in Woodstock, N.Y. 

The Woodstock Invitational is an alternative guitar show featuring fine, contemporary, handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical instruments, exhibited by their creators. An intimate gathering for the international community of acoustic stringed-instrument builders, players, collectors and aficionados, the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase is the premier event of its kind in North America.

For this year’s tenth annual event, the showcase is doing something different. The world class lineup of luthiers will be featuring sixteen women luthiers of note from around the world as well as a prevalence of women performing artists and instructors. From renowned builders of international reputation such as Linda Manzer, Kathy Wingert, Joshia de Jonge, to younger up-and-coming makers dedicated to the craft, like Maegen Wells, Chace Miller, Jayne Henderson, an appreciable percentage of this year’s exhibiting luthiers are women. 

Makers of fine instruments will be gathering from across the USA, Canada, England, France, Italy, Switzerland, and the Canary Islands. Performing artists and clinic instructors will include Della Mae, Rory Block, Cindy Cashdollar, Michael Chapdelaine, Vicki Genfan, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Mary Flower, Jamie Stillway, Tony McManus, Julia Toaspern, Happy Traum, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, and many more.

There is continuous live music, including luthier mini-concerts, demos and special appearances during show hours, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, by some of the world’s finest musicians, in the Bearsville Theater Lounge, included in the price of admission. There is a series of Instructional clinics and workshops for players, plus seminars and colloquia for builders, by separate admission. Off-campus concerts (separate admission) include a Thursday night Kick-Off Concert at The Colony, Woodstock, October 26, and the acclaimed annual String Sampler Concert of acoustic music featuring internationally known artists, Saturday, October 27 at the Woodstock Playhouse.

Woodstock, New York is an internationally known art and music community with a deep pool of notable local talent. Only a two-hour drive from New York City, convenient to Upstate New York and the New England region, there will be peak autumn foliage in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. The Bearsville Theater is an historic venue built by music-impresario Albert Grossman as a part of his Bearsville Sound complex. The Utopia Soundstage was built for musician/producer Todd Rundgren.

To find out more, visit woodstockinvitational.com.