The award winning guitar player and teacher, Rolly Brown, will lead a workshop on fingerstyle blues and ragtime guitar on Friday, March 22, 2013 from 7pm to 10pm at the Medford Arts Center, 18 N. Main St., Medford NJ.
(This may include styles ranging from the primitive playing of Lightnin’ Hopkins to the sophisticated playing of Rev. Gary Davis, Blind Blake, and Big Bill Broonzy, among others.
Sponsored by South Jersey Acoustic Roots Music Society (SJARMS).
Cost is $65 for the workshop/ $60 for SJARMS members. Info 609-217-1388
Rolly Brown began the guitar in 1964, at age 15, and has since been a lifelong student of the instrument. In 1970, he spent a couple life-changing days with the Rev. Gary Davis, and subsequently concentrated on blues, ragtime blues, and classical ragtime for several years. In 1980, Rolly won the prestigious National Fingerpicking Championship at Winfield KS, and subsequently began a study of jazz guitar including stints with Steve Giordano, Joseph Federico, and John Carlini, and another life-changing couple days in the company of George Van Eps. In 1995, he got serious about flatpicking, and, with help from his old friend Mark Cosgrove, and tutelage from Nashville super-picker Bryan Sutton, has attained a reasonable level of proficiency. In 2006 and 2008, he visited with the enigmatic blues/jazz savant Steve Mann in California, gleaning insight into Steve’s remarkable playing and arranging skills.
Rolly has been a sought-after teacher at several guitar camps, including the Swannanoa Gathering, Summer Acoustic Music Week in New Hampshire, and Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp. He has released five CDs, and Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop is currently preparing to release five DVD instructional videos.