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Artistry of the Guitar at the Pickin Post

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Artistry of the Guitar, an instrumental guitar concert series will present a concert Friday in Fayetteville, produced by Mike Shirkey at his renowned acoustic music series, The Pickin’ Post.

The concert will be at the Fayetteville Underground in Fayetteville, and feature Ken Bonfield, Steve Davison and special guest Danny Dozier.

Artistry of the Guitar is a feast not only for guitar lovers, but also for anyone with a passion for acoustic music. The guitarists perform “in the round” and trade songs and stories about their compositions and their approach to the guitar in a casual concert setting. The music focuses on contemporary instrumental American Fingerstyle Guitar with folk, jazz, Celtic, classical and blues influences. The guitarists are very different stylistically and these different styles contribute to an evening of broad musical tastes.  The guitarists also will be performing on some very unique custom built instruments.

Ken Bonfield is a recognized performer and composer of American Fingerstyle acoustic guitar instrumentals played on guitars of his own design commissioned from master luthier Alan Carruth. Ken has performed at many of the best acoustic venues in the country and has shared the stage with notable artists such as Michael Manring, Larry Coryell, Muriel Anderson and Peter Janson. Arkansas fans might be familiar with Ken’s shows over the years at Acoustic Sounds Café in Little Rock. Ken is currently performing on a harp guitar built by Alan Carruth that is a masterpiece of woodworking and instrument design.

Danny Dozier is a legendary guitarist in the state of Arkansas. Danny’s solo performances showcase his wide range of guitar styles and his superb choice of material. He has performed at the Ozark Folk Center in many configurations over the years, fronts the Danny Dozier Band at gigs around the state and the country and is the two-time winner of the Merle Travis Fingerstyle Guitar Championship at the Ozark Folk Center.

Steve Davison is a Little Rock guitarist who performs on the 6 and 12 string guitar. He tours the country with Ken Bonfield as Artistry of the Guitar. They have performed at acoustic venues around the country and shared the stage with artists such as Larry Coryell, Muriel Anderson, Peter Janson, Tim Farrell, Dakota Dave Hull and other guitarists. Steve was also the winner of the 2005 Arkansas Acoustic Music Festival in the solo category and has been a featured artist on AETN Presents. Steve has performed at the Montreal Guitar Festival and at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival.

The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $15.00. Contact Mike Shirkey at 479-409-1224 or email at mshirkey@sbcglobal.net

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