Acoustic Blues Masters - Pat Donohue, Mary Flower, Reverend Robert Jones, Suzy Thompson
Oct 5, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Doors open at 6:30

$25 Advance | $28 At the Door

These four world-class talents are the faculty at Menucha's Blues in the Gorge guitar camp and are coming together to play a post-camp concert. Pat Donohue is best known for being in Guy's All-Star Shoe Band on "A Prairie Home Companion" for 20 years.
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Pat Donohue | 7:30 PM
Grammy winning fingerpicker Pat Donohue’s devotion to acoustic guitar has made him an American standard, as he echoes the tones of Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Merle Travis or Muddy Waters. A versatile guitarist’s guitarist, Pat enjoys entertaining fans with intricate fingerpicking, easy wit, and nimble interpretations of old blues, swing, R&B and original tunes. He manages to blend jazz and blues with folk, and the mix is seamless. Over the years he has captivated audiences with his unique original compositions, dazzling instrumentals and humorous song parodies, including Sushi-Yucki and Would You Like to Play the Guitar?

For over twenty years Pat was the lead guitar player and songwriter for the “Guy’s All Star Shoe Band” on the NPR favorite “Prairie Home Companion”. Pat is now touring the US playing a variety of venues including Performance Halls, Coffeehouse series and in blues, folk and eclectic listening rooms. Pat also conducts guitar workshops and teaches at prestigious guitar camps across the country. Pat released his new recording, “Blue Yonder” in April 2016. He is accompanied on some cuts by members of the “Prairie All Stars” who were also members of “Guy’s All Star Shoe Band”. There are also solo tracks on the CD, clever new original songs as well three new instrumental numbers. more >>>
Mary Flower | 7:30 PM
Mary Flower is a world-class guitarist and lap slide player who swings the blues. In the atmosphere where Mary operates, she’s recognized as one of the pre-eminent fingerstyle guitarists who continue in the rich acoustic blues tradition. Picking a few of her jaw-dropping instrumentals, sliding on her perfectly controlled lap slide, she comes by her music naturally, like a walk in the park. Add a rich voice to the virtuoso picking and you can step into the present state of ragtime, blues and singular acoustic string music.

With nine albums to her name, this Yellow Dog Records recording artist has earned rave reviews from critics and audiences alike for her instrumental skill - a mastery of the Piedmont blues style that takes most players a lifetime to hone - for which Flower is most celebrated.

Her performances around the world include Merlefest, Prairie Home Companion and the Winnipeg Folk Festival to name a few. A seasoned teacher, Mary has been on staff at many guitar workshops including Fur Peace Ranch, Centrum Blues Festival and Swannanoa Gathering.

2008 and 2012 Blues Music Award Nominee
2000 and 2002 Finalist at National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship
2011 Muddy Award Recipient from Cascade Blues Assn. for "Acoustic Guitar"

“A world class fingerstyle guitarist and lap slide player”. Downbeat Magazine

“There are few musicians in the genre bringing as much creative spark and low-key mojo to this century-old music…”
Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“Marries acoustic blues with touches of ragtime, folk, and jazz… the interplay is always interesting, often provocative, and sometimes breathtaking.”
Living Blues more >>>
For over 30 years Robert Jones, a native Detroiter, has specialized in American roots music and stories. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and the message has always been the same–that traditional American songs and stories have much to teach us about where we’ve been, who we are and where we are going.

Rev. Jones is a modern day Christian bluesman, a guitar-evangelist who carries on a long tradition of religious musicians, including Blind Willie Johnson, Gary Davis, Flora Molton, and many more. He points out that the blues came from Negro spirituals, as did gospel, soul, and R&B music.

Jones has been a featured performer at venues as varied as the National Storytelling Festival, the Chicago Blues Festival, MerleFest and the Lutherhaus in Osnabruck, Germany.

This winner of the Blues Foundation’s prestigious “Keeping the Blues Alive” award plays guitar, mandolin, cane fife and even a little fiddle. Today, he is a cultural force in Detroit as well as the national and international blues scene, a top tier acoustic blues performer and a wonderful educator and storyteller. more >>>
Suzy Thompson | 7:30 PM
Suzy Thompson is one of the rare musicians today who has mastered the acoustic blues violin, following in the footsteps of Lonnie Chatmon, Clifford Hayes and Eddie Anthony. A powerful blues singer in the styles of Memphis Minnie and Bessie Smith, Suzy is unique in her ability to fiddle and vocalize at the same time.

In 2003, after thirty years as a working musician, Suzy Thompson released her first solo CD, “No Mockingbird” which features blues songs (including the title track, which has been described as “Memphis Minnie on acid”) and oldtime fiddle rags. Suzy is backed on the album by an all-star cast including Maria Muldaur, Fritz Richmond, Geoff Muldaur, and Mike Seeger. Her followup CD, “Stop & Listen”, released by Arhoolie Records in 2005, is a live concert recording with Del Rey, Eric Thompson, and the Thompson String Ticklers.

Suzy currently records and performs in a duet with her longtime musical partner, renowned flatpicker Eric Thompson, with the Aux Cajunals (a Cajun/blues band, in which Suzy plays Cajun accordion as well as fiddle and guitar), and with the Thompson String Ticklers.

In addition to performing, she has been an instructor at many festivals and music camps, including Centrum’s Country Blues Week, Augusta Heritage Cajun-Creole and Old Time Weeks, California Bluegrass Association Music Camp, Port Townsend Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, California Coast Music Camp, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, and Lark In the Morning. more >>>