Steve Baughman – Celtic guitar workshop and house concert, Portland

My friend and mentor Steve Baughman is coming to Portland for a series of workshops and house concerts. You won’t want to miss this. More information below.

San Francisco Guitarist Steve Baughman Visits Portland on Saturday May 7, 2011 for Workshops and Concert

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Many local guitarists and fans of acoustic music will need no introduction to Steve Baughman.

Based in San Francisco, Steve is one of the world’s very best Celtic acoustic guitarists, and has honed his craft for decades, playing and teaching all over the United States, in Europe, Canada, and Asia.  He’s taught guitar technique at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, the Swannanoa Gathering, Steve Kaufman’s Guitar Kamp, the California Coast Music Camp, Acoustic Alaska and other camps as well.  He has several published instructional DVDs and Mel Bay publications to his credit, and has published half a dozen CDs as well.  He’s a principal in the online instructional site  In short, he’s a very fine and very accomplished musician, and a great teacher and performer.

Steve’s music is captivating.  The technique is flawless; the tone rich and full, the arrangements thoughtful, creative and playful.  The overall effect is extremely musical.

Steve’s not previously performed or taught in Portland, but I’m happy to say that he’ll be here on Saturday, May 7th.  He’ll deliver two afternoon workshops, followed by an evening house concert.  Here are the details:

Afternoon Workshops:

Here’s a rare opportunity:  Steve will give two workshops, primarily for guitarists, during the afternoon of Saturday, May 7th, at the Multnomah Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark Street in Portland.

The first workshop begins at 12:15 PM, and will be devoted to the use of Orkney (CGDGCD) tuning for the guitar, and particularly for Celtic music and arrangements.

The second workshop begins at 2:45 PM, and will cover use of the innovative “clawhammer” technique for the right hand, showing how it’s done, and how it can be used to create interesting, unusual arrangements of fingerstyle pieces.

Each workshop will last for two hours, and will cost $30.  You’re welcome to attend either or both of the workshops.  This material is best suited to intermediate guitarists, but all are welcome to attend; it’s a good idea to bring a recording device, paper for notes, and so on.  Attendance at each workshop is limited to 20 people.

An Evening Concert:

Also on May 7th, you can hear Steve’s music at an intimate house concert, held at a lovely home in Southeast Portland near Mount Tabor, a nearly-ideal venue for acoustic music.  Music starts at 7 PM, and a donation of $15 to the artist is suggested.  There will probably be an informal potluck before the concert, and I’m sure Steve will have CDs available for those who would like one.  About forty seats are available, and reservations are suggested.

To learn more about Steve and his music, please visit his website:

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