Celtic & Blues Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar
August 12, 2023
3:00pm (Doors open at 2:30pm)
Two of the San Francisco Bay Area’s finest fingerpickers join to perform solo Celtic/Americana (Steve Baughman) and blues (Pete Madsen) in a must see concert.
Both players have decades of performing experience and have wowed audiences with their emotive playing and technical prowess.
Steve’s focus is the music of the British Isles combined with timeless melodies of Appalachia. Pete’s focus is on the African American pre-war blues traditions. Occasionally, the two cross over and find common ground in duets that speak to the universality of groove, melody and harmony.
Steve Baughman Is widely known in the finger style guitar world as a unique and creative interpreter and arranger of old Celtic and American melodies. His music has been featured multiple times on NPR, and his CDs have made several “best of” lists at Acoustic Guitar Magazine. The magazine recently described Steve’s latest CD (Once Upon A Harp) as “a glorious and thoroughly satisfying collection” of ancient Irish harp music performed on solo guitar.
Steve is an innovative claw hammer banjo player, and he sprinkles a tune or two of that music in his live performances.
Steve has taught guitar and banjo at about 100 music camps across the United States, Canada, and Europe.
He lives on a small boat in San Rafael, California.
Pete Madsen is an award winning (GGBS Best Duo 2018) acoustic blues, ragtime and slide guitarist from the San Francisco Bay Area who blends Kottke-esque virtuosity with thoughtful writing skills to produce wonderful guitar excursions. He has shared the stage with Kelly Joe Phelps, Alex DeGrassi, Peppino D’Agostino and many other incredible acoustic musicians. He performs mainly in the Bay Area and has played at the Freight & Salvage, Jupiter, Pt. Reyes Station House, and has taught and performed at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival. His performances include songs from the greats—Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Blake, John Fahey—as well as many original songs inspired by traditional blues and modern fingerstyle guitar.