Eddie & Alonzo Pennington to Give Guitar Workshop/Concert November 20 in York, PA

by John Hope

Editor’s Note: Champion Thumbpick Guitarists Eddie and Alonzo Pennington will play 7:30 Sunday, November 20th at the Unitarian Church in York. The pair will give a guitar workshop at 3 pm. More information at http://www.sfmsfolk.org/concerts/Eddie+AlonzoPennington.html

What people are saying about Eddie Pennington:

Lancaster’s popular singer songwriter BOBBIE CARMITCHELL is signed up to take Eddie and Alonzo’s guitar workshop. “He’s phenomenal” she says. “You really have to watch him to make sure that it’s not more than one guy playing!”

Folk DJ (The Chords Are Stacked and The Song Parlor) and co-founder of the Susquehanna Folk Music Society JOHN PATERSON says,” Eddie certainly is an impressive picker!”

The father and son team of Eddie and Alonzo Pennington, both National Thumbpicking champions, perform in concert and give a guitar workshop on Sunday, November 20, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York, 925 S. George Street, York. Their 3 p.m. guitar workshop and 7:30 p.m. concert are sponsored by Susquehanna Folk Music Society.

Eddie Pennington, a National Heritage Fellowship recipient, is widely recognized as one of the greatest living thumbstyle guitarists. He has appeared in venues throughout the U.S. and Europe to keep alive the sound popularized by Kentucky native Merle Travis in the 1940s. Due to his ability to adapt well-known tunes to the alternating bass rhythms that characterize “Travis pickin’,” Pennington’s performances have generated renewed interest in the art form.

On stage he mixes his music with Travis stories and down-home humor backed by his own observations, transporting audiences to the days of the old mining towns and to his front porch for a few neighborly gospel tunes. Reviewers have noted that Pennington’s love of the guitar, and of live performance, bring to life the rich musical traditions of western Kentucky, making him an entertainer who appeals to all ages throughout the world. His strong sense of place, combined with flawless performances of folk and contemporary guitar tunes, attracts and keeps a legion of loyal listeners.

Eddie Pennington’s son Alonzo has been described as a smattering of vintage Allman Brothers Band, a dash of Stevie Ray Vaughn, a spoonful of James Burton, a dollop of Danny Galton, and a pinch of Jerry Reed. He is a multi-award-winning guitar player who’s been performing his own music since he was 13. He uses his passion, energy, and drive to create a soulful and unique blend of rock, country, and blues that is all his own. He had a stint playing guitar, fiddle, and mandolin, and singing backup vocals for country music legend John Michael Montgomery. During his time working with Montgomery, he appeared at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. As he says in one of his songs, Alonzo Pennington was “raised in the country, but born to rock and roll.”
Guitar workshop tickets are $20 general admission, $16 for SFMS members, and $10 for students ages 3-22.Concert tickets are $22 General Admission, $18 for SFMS members, and $10 for students. Advance tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006 or online at http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com. This concert is part of a series funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and with support from Shipley Energy. SFMS is supported by funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered by the Cultural Alliance of York County, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit the Susquehanna Folk Music Society web site at http://www.sfmsfolk.org