Castleton Guitar Festival


Venue: Theatre House

Castleton Guitar Festival

Master Classes:  2:00pm to 5:00pm   – Free of Charge
Concert:  7:00pm
Tickets:  $35 adult/$15 Student
Tickets include classes and concert combined

Wayne Henderson, Bluegrass Virtuoso with vocalist Helen White
Steve Herberman, Jazz Guitarist
Tom Principato, Blues Master

Castleton in Performance is thrilled to present the first Castleton Guitar Festival, featuring master classes and a concert by 3 of the most extraordinary current practitioners of the instrument.

Food and beverages available for purchase at Theatre House between 5-7 PM.  For more information please call Connie at 540-937-3454.

Wayne Henderson made his first guitar around age seven. Today, hundreds of guitars, banjos and mandolins later, Henderson makes one instrument every two to three weeks. Inspired by close friends and neighbors Doc Watson and EC Ball, Henderson?s full musical repertoire includes Appalachian fiddle tunes, Carter Family melodies, and swing and rockabilly standards. He has won more awards at the Galax Fiddlers Convention than any other competitor in its 80-year history.  In 1995, Henderson received a National Heritage Award for his craftsmanship as a luthier and his unique fingerpicking style, specific to Appalachian guitar playing.   Henderson is sponsored by the National Council for Traditional Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, Office of Arts America, European World of Bluegrass, and the Chet Atkins International Appreciation Society.   He has regularly toured the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Helen White  is a songwriter whose compositions include works for theater and video projects, as well as a collection of original songs for children, which won the prestigious annual “Editor?s Choice” award from the American Library Association?s Booklist. In 2000, White?s love of and thirst for teaching music led her to found the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program, which provides Appalachian children the opportunity to learn and play the music of their heritage. Serving as executive director until 2014, White has spent much of this time helping 30 mountain counties in rural areas develop programs based around the JAM music model.

Steve Herberman is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and has performed at venues such as Birdland in NYC, Spazio in Los Angeles, the NAMM shows in Anaheim and Nashville.  Closer to home he has performed at Blues Alley, the Smithsonian, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Steve has played with renowned musicians such as Keter Betts, Buster Williams, Gary Bartz, among many others. Steve’s  recordings  have received wide critical acclaim in JazzTimes, Downbeat, Jazz Improv magazines, with chart-topping success. He has served on faculty at Towson University and  Sidwell Friends School in DC, as well as t Maryland Summer Jazz.  An educator of renown, Steve has written instructional material for Downbeat magazine, Mel Bay’s Guitar Sessions, Just Jazz Guitar, the National Guitar Workshop newsletter and columns for Modern Guitars webzine.  Steve was featured on the cover of Just Jazz Guitar Magazine.

“Steve Herberman exhibits a vast harmonic palette … His sheer command of the instrument puts one in mind of such jazz guitar masters as Joe Pass, Joe Diorio, Lenny Breau, and Gene Bertoncini.  Jazz Times

Tom Principato  has presented  “Roots Music For Your Soul” for the last four decades.  Tom and his band deliver passionate performances of funky roots music with scorching guitar.  One reviewer mused: “Be careful, or Tom Principato could easily topple one of your current guitar heroes from their lofty pedestal.”  Tom Principato has been taking his Indie infused eclectic roots mixture of Rock, Funk, Blues and Latin Sounds all over the World. He has performed over 5,000 gigs, 50 tours of Europe, 17 albums, and has been rewarded with an astonishing 29 “Wammie” awards in numerous categories.   Tom is known for his early collaborations with guitar legend Danny Gatton, has appeared with a host of renowned blues acts, and has appeared in two dozen countries worldwide.  He acts as a guitar historian, managing the catalogs of numerous guitar legends including Danny Gatton.

“ Principato’s Fender-charged fretwork generates lots of Stratocaster sparks and Telecaster twang, along with some fiendishly syncopated runs on Professor Longhair’s “Hey Now Baby”.  The Washington Post

Master Classes:  Free of Charge. All participants are welcome to bring their guitars. Castleton will provide the amps.

2:00 pm Wayne Henderson, Bluegrass Guitar:  One of the great bluegrass guitarists of our time, Wayne is a leading exponent of traditional Appalachian guitar techniques.  This is a great opportunity to acquaint novice and experienced guitarists alike in the basics and advanced techniques associated with great bluegrass guitar playing.

3:00 pm Steve Herberman, Jazz Guitar: A veteran educator and performer with countless major jazz ensembles and festivals, Steve is able to convey complicated concepts, chords, and scales in simple language for all comers.

4:00 pm Tom Principato, Blues Guitar:  One of the great blues guitarists of our time.  Tom has performed with many of the greats in the industry, including Pete Kennedy and the late Danny Gatton.


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