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Fingerstyle Masters Weekend

April 19 - April 20

WTIP Community Radio is pleased to announce a revival of fingerstyle guitar and fiddle on the North Shore. Friday, April 19 & Saturday, April 20, 2019. Featuring fingerstyle master guitarist Phil Heywood, violinist Randy Sabien and guitarist Gordon Thorne.


Phil Heywood plays fingerstyle guitar with a bluesy swing. His lucid playing encompasses the down-home rhythmic groove of a Mississippi John Hurt or Leadbelly, and the sheer fluidity and melodic flair of such contemporaries as Leo Kottke. The internationally renowned Kottke, in fact, once handpicked Heywood to tour and perform duets with him. A soul-satisfying instrumentalist, Phil also draws listeners in with his voice, singing in a warm, plainspoken baritone that blends smoothly with his rock-solid guitar work.

Randy Sabien is a bluesy, rockin’, swingin’, funky, jazz violinist. With an intensely rhythmic, vibrant and inventive style, he has captivated audiences worldwide, playing with scores of bands and musicians of all stripes.

Gordon Thorne describes himself as playing: “Early American music from a time when giant Bluesmen roamed the earth.”

All events take place at Cascade Lodge, in Lutsen – 3719 W Highway 61. The Weekend kicks off with a Friday pub session with Randy Sabien and Gordon Thorne at 7:30 p.m.

Three music workshops will be offered on Saturday, April 20, including: 10 a.m. guitar workshop with Gordon Thorne; 1 p.m. guitar workshop with Phil Heywood; violin workshop with Randy Sabien, time TBA. Workshop fees at the door – $35 per session or $50 for both workshops.

The weekend culminates in a Saturday evening concert with Phil Heywood at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $15.

Workshop registration contact: Gordon Thorne, 218-353-7308, or email oman4@live.com

This project is sponsored in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Gordon Thorne

Gordon Thorne

 In Gordon’s words he describes himself as playing: “Early American music from a time when giant Bluesmen roamed the earth.”


April 19
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Cascade Lodge
3719 W/ Highway 61
Lutsen, MN 55612 United States
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