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Country Blues Guitar Workshop with Mary Flower

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When Jun 20, 2010
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Where Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation (The Barbershop) 4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale MD 20737
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Mary has unearthed some great “off-the-beaten-path” tunes outside the usual accompaniment patterns. Geared toward the advanced beginner and intermediate players, Mary will explore gems by Carl Martin and Willie McTell to name a few. Adding new and unusual ways to navigate the neck will enrich your own style and change the way you perceive the 8 and 12 bar blues.

Working in both the intricately syncopated Piedmont fingerpicking style and her own deeply bluesy lap-slide guitar, Mary has earned rave reviews from critics and audiences alike for her springwater-clear vocals and mastery of multiple guitar styles as well as her own compositions. Though she can create prewar blues and ragtime with the best of them, Mary draws on traditional, contemporary and original material to create something new: a sound uniquely her own that remains true to the timeless power of the bues. Flower’s elegant, funky and inventive playing on vintage guitars makes her one of a mere handful of women guitarists admired for their instrumental prowess.

In 2000 and 2003 respectively, Mary placed in the top three at the National Fingerpicking Championship. Her career as an internationally known performer and teacher has spanned more than three decades. A recent transplant to the Northwest, Mary cut her teeth on the Colorado music scene where she played with the likes of Katy Moffatt, Pat Donohue, the Mother Folkers and more. Mary took a detour in the 80s to raise a family, all the time woodshedding and performing locally. Mary’s CD Bywater Dance, recorded pre-Katrina in New Orleans for Yellow Dog Records, has garnered widespread acclaim. An award-winning player with seven solo cds and 5 instructional DVDs to her credit, Flower is in demand for festivals, concerts and guitar workshops on both sides of the Atlantic.

Fingerpicks are optional, reading tablature is necessary and taping the class is encouraged!

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