Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Perfect Silver Fingerpicks!

Looking for something nice for yourself or your loved one?  Play the banjo, dobro or autoharp (or other instrument with fingerpicks)?  Well, we might just have the perfect idea!  The Bluegrass Shack does not sell these wonderful, handmade silver fingerpicks, but John Ellington does.  He started by making them for the Stelling Banjo Company.  He was also commissioned this year by the family of Earl Scruggs to make a set of memorial fingerpicks.  These are really amazing picks and are completely handmade!  John is a master craftsman and jeweler.  Take a look at his website for more information:

Friday, November 9, 2012

Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Festival

The Bluegrass Shack will be closed on Friday and Saturday, November 9 & 10, 2012.  We will be setup at the Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Festival held at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, IL!  Just look for the Guitar Show sign on the main floor by the elevators.

This is a great festival with lots of fantastic bands scheduled to play, including Rhonda Vincent, Dry Branch Fire Squad, The Roys, and more!  The Chris Talley Trio will be playing a few tunes on Saturday morning during the Saturday Morning Showcase, as well as 8-year old Bluegrass Shack student, Audrey. 

Chris will be teaching a banjo and a fiddle workshop Saturday afternoon.  If you don't live near New Athens and you have been wanting to get in on some good lessons, here is your opportunity to sit in on a group session!  The workshops are at 1:00 & 2:00 p.m.  There are other workshop as well, with the names and times located on the main floor near the picking room.

If you want more information, you can download a copy of the flyer here.  Come on out for a great time this weekend!