Sunday, June 5 at 4:15 pm Anniversary Concert at Volunteer Park

Thirty nine years!

To celebrate our Wedding Anniversary, we will be playing music on our early 19th century guitars at the Conservatory in Volunteer Park, Seattle, a place that has been special to us over the years. The program will include the first performance in the U.S. of a Duo by W.W. Würfel and a wonderful “Caprice” by A.H. Varlet.

We can host an audience of twenty-three. If you would like to attend, please send a check for $20 or more (proceeds will be donated to the conservatory) to POB 1676, Ellensburg, WA 98926 and we will hold a spot for you!

The Volunteer Park Conservatory has excellent acoustics for early romantic guitars!

Elizabeth Brown to Perform in the Guitar in the Gallery Series on Sunday, April 24, 2022.

Elizabeth Brown will perform in the Eveleth Green Gallery in Gallery One in Ellensburg on Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 2:00 pm as part of the Guitar in the Gallery Series. She will be performing works by Sanz, de Murcia, Jacquet de la Guerre, Sor, Holland, Villa-Lobos, Flippin, and Kruisbrink for baroque, 19th century, and modern guitar. Elizabeth teaches guitar at Pacific Lutheran University. There is a $10 suggested donation.

Concert for the Seattle Classical Guitar Society on Sat. April 30, 2022

We will be performing for the Seattle Classical Guitar Society on April 30, 2022 at 2:00 in the afternoon at the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N. in Seattle’s Wallingford district. The first half will feature early 19th-century guitar duets that we’ve found in European archives played on original period instruments. The second half will present a series of modern works, largely written for us, including the world premier of the three-movement “Prelude Music for Two Guitars” by Michael Young.

On May 1st at 1:00 in the afternoon at the Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, Neil will be presenting a lecture demonstration on the role of improvisation in early 19th-century guitar music with a special focus upon cadenzas. We hope you can join us.

We’re back! Presenting John Paul Shields, Guitarist, Sunday, 2:00 pm March 27, 2022

Join us for a concert of classical and Peruvian guitar music with solo guitarist John Paul Shields in the acoustically fabulous third floor atrium at Gallery One, 409 N Pearl St., in Ellensburg, on Sunday, March 27 at 2:00 pm. Suggested donation $10.

John Paul Shields, Guitarist

John Paul has performed worldwide in a colorful array of settings, from public festivals in Peru to Seattle’s esteemed Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya, to live on radio and television. A graduate of the University of Washington in classical guitar, with a masters in guitar performance from the University of Idaho, J. P. has also studied in Peru, where he learned the rich intricacies of Andean folk guitar music. John Paul worked with several renowned musicians in Peru, including Frank Collazos, Luis Salazar Mejía and the legendary Ayacuchan guitarist Raúl García Zárate.

Contact concert organizers Neil or Tamara at CaulkinsGuitarDuo@gmail.com with questions. The space is accessible via elevator. Hope to see you there!

Rondo by Benigne Henry from Op. 21 (c. 1818)

We played a very small concert (ten select audience members!) for a CD Release party – a la pandemic – at Gallery One in Ellensburg, WA, back in March, 2021. This Rondo is from our new CD, “Grand March,” featuring the only recording of the complete guitar duets of a Monsieur Henry who published the collection in Paris in 1818. You can find information on ordering this CD at: https://caulkinsguitarduo.com/2021/03… We look forward to sending you a copy!

Neil Caulkins Plays Op. 51 No. 6 by Napoleon Coste (1805-1883)

Trying a different camera in our green room. Our new CD, entitled Grand March, is now available for purchase and digital download! This is the first recording of the 19th-century guitar duets of Benigne Henry, which were originally published in 1818. We are playing historic instruments and employing early 19th-century improvisation.

The recording is available both as a CD or download. To order a CD, send a check to P.O. Box 1676, Ellensburg, WA 98926 for $13.50 plus shipping ($12.00 plus shipping: $1.50 in the US, $2.00 in Canada, and $2.50 elsewhere).

Or send $13.50 through Zelle or Paypal to caulkinsguitarduo@gmail.com – be sure to add your mailing address in the comments field.

Digital downloads of the album are not currently available but you can listen to the title track from Grand March at our Bandcamp site (caulkinsguitarduo.bandcamp.com).

Be in touch via FB or send us an email (caulkinsguitarduo@gmail.com) to be informed of future releases (lots of projects in the works!). We’re looking forward to hearing from you!