Thank you to everyone who came out to our Redmond House concert on Saturday, November 12! It was an honor to have so many knowledgeable aficionados of the guitar in the audience and a pleasure to meet many of them afterwards.
Merci to our gracious hosts, Matt & Cathlyn!
Thank you to everyone who came out to our noon concert on November 11th at Gallery One! It was a privilege to play to a packed house on Friday. The lively acoustics and natural light of the Eveleth Green Gallery proved to be a splendid place to play guitar duets. And what a wonderful and attentive audience! We feel so blessed to live and play music in this community. Merci à tous!
Friday, November 11th at Noon upstairs in the Eveleth Green Gallery at 408 N. Pearl St., Ellensburg, WA. Admission is free but donations will be accepted to benefit art classes for adults with disabilities. Neil and Tamara will perform a recital of delightful early 19th century guitar duets on a pair of historic instruments. Neil plays a reproduction built by Scot Tremblay. It is a 7-string instrument modeled after one built in Mirecourt, France in 1830 by a builder named Aubrey-Marie. Tamara plays an original French instrument built around 1830. They will perform works by Lhoyer, Henry, Giuliani, and Mertz.
Neil’s guitar was built by Luthier Scot Tremblay. Scot specializes in building early nineteenth century guitars and has studied hundreds of old instruments in his quest to build them authentically. He has a long waiting list so when this instrument unexpectedly came available, Neil was thrilled. He had been wanting to commission an instrument exactly like this one: a French instrument with an added seventh string – essential for playing the music of Napoleon Coste (1805-1883).
Tamara is playing a guitar that also came to her by chance. She heard this instrument in a concert featuring the Ashland, Oregon, guitarist, James Bishop-Edwards. James, an accomplished lutenist as well as professional guitarist, sold it to Tamara so that he could add to his Baroque instruments. Her instrument of unknown origin (it appears to be French) matches Neil’s Tremblay beautifully.