Recap of the JCGS Music Meeting May 1, 2018

We enjoyed a very full evening of excellent music and camaraderie at the beautiful Paschal Winery in Talent on Tuesday, May 1. There were over 40 people in attendance.

John Swinnerton – The Condor (original tremolo piece)
Kevin McDowell – Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, Unchain My Heart by
Rob Rhodes – Se Ela Perguntar by Dilermando Reis
Joe Thompson – Eleanor Plunkett and The Honorable Thomas Burke by Turlough O’Carolan, arr. Joseph Thompson
Norm Fletcher – Cavatina by Stanley Meyers
Chip Dennerlein – Love Will Always Find a Way, Baby, Can I Follow You Home? (originals)
Brian Parris – Back Home Again by John Denver, Home by Carla Bonoff
Arturo Ville – Danai’s Blues (original)
The Britt Guitar Trio (Ed Dunsavage, Mark Nelson, Grant Ruiz) played a varied selection of tunes:
Caminata by Ralph Towner
Chan Chan by The Buena Vista Social Club
‘Ulupalakua (trad. Hawaiian slack key)
The Gentle Rain by Luis Bonfa
Minor Swing by Django Reinhardt
Grant Ruiz plays with Flamenco Pacifico at the Ashland New World Festival today, May 19, from 3:15-4pm at the Lithia Park Bandshell. The show will feature Portland-based dancer Elena Villa.
Guitarist James Bishop-Edwards and singer Pat O’Scannell present a program of Spanish music from the Renaissance to Early Baroque period tonight, May 19, at 7pm at the Crystal Room of the Ashland Springs Hotel. for more info.
Grant Ruiz and Dan Fellman will play guitar duets at Kindred Spirits in Talent on Friday, May 25 from 6:30-8:30p, then at Belle Fiore the next night, Saturday, May 26 from 6-8pm.
Goh Kurosawa from LA will be our featured artist for the June meeting.
June will be very a full month. June 10 we will feature the incredible flamenco and classical guitarist, Grisha Goryachev, at Paschal Winery. Tickets will go on sale soon. You can check out his YouTube channel at
June 30, flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes will appear with guitarist Pedro Cortes, one of the best flamenco guitarists in the country, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Ashland. More news to come.
The Britt Festival has opened up enrollment for their Guitar Weekend June 22-24. Seven instructors will teach seven styles for two hours each over three days. The fee also includes admission to guitar concerts that weekend. More information at Tell a guitar-loving friend! Only some beginning experience is required. There will also be a faculty concert on Saturday night, June 23 at the Britt Performance Garden.
Respectfully submitted,
Grant Ruiz
JCGS president
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