A Boogie-Woogie Guitar Workshop with Blues/Ragtime Whiz DEL REY
"Bored with the boys and their bottlenecks....? Then check out Del Rey...." - Folk Roots, U.K.
Thursday , October 12, 2006
- 7:00 pm
Location: Elderly Instruments
As with Steve James' adjacent event descriptions, second things first: following her 90-minute hands-on Boogie-Woogie Guitar Workshop, Del Rey is also offering a Fingerstyle Ukulele Workshop. Check it out in the Del Rey event entry adjacent to this Boogie-Woogie Guitar event.
"If you like your blues warm, wise, witty and well-played," writes Dirty Linen, "give Del Rey a listen." In a similar vein and in order to share Folk Roots' full quotation (partially imparted above): "Bored with the boys and their bottlenecks and bell brass blues guitars? Then check out Del Rey: she plays acoustic blues, ragtime, sings, tells good stories, plays a metal-bodied resonator guitar, dresses imaginatively, and is not a boy."
Del Rey began playing classical guitar at age four and was inspired to seriously study the blues as a teenager upon meeting bluesman Sam Chatmon. Her playing combines country blues, stride piano, classic jazz and what she terms "hillbilly boogie." She is a popular instructor at numerous guitar camps and workshops.
Del Rey's Boogie-Woogie Guitar Workshop is designed for intermediate- and advanced-level players, those who can play first-position chords with ease and are able to maintain an alternating bass while fingerpicking a melody. The class will emphasize moving bass lines and pianistic chord melodies in standard tuning for fingerstyle guitar. Del suggests that you bring your guitar, a capo, and an audio recorder.
Del performs in concert around the world and offers a popular concert/lecture titled Women in American Music. She has been collaborating with Maria Muldaur on tributes to Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Johnny Cash, and is featured on Muldaur's Sweet Lovin' Old Soul. Del also contributes to various music-related publications, including Acoustic Guitar. She has recorded several solo albums (including a collection of performances titled Del Rey: Live) and two albums with Del Rey and the Blues Gators. She also records with music partner Steve James. [Note: Steve is also offering two workshops at Elderly on October 12--see adjacent events].
In addition to having played such well-recognized venues as Berkeley's Freight and Salvage, San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, and Florida's Bamboo Room, Del Rey has played and/or taught at the Chicago Blues Festival, Merlefest, New Orleans' Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Vancouver [Canada] Folk Festival, the Port Townsend Blues Festival, the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Augusta Heritage Blues Week, the Kerrville [Texas] Folk Festival, San Diego's Roots Festival, and events in Australia, Switzerland, Italy, and others too numerous to list.
Del Rey has developed and arranged an instructional Homespun DVD titled BOOGIE WOOGIE GUITAR. Dan McIntee--an Elderly buyer--offers relevant information on Del Rey's background, style, and teaching technique: "Del Rey was inspired in equal parts by classic blues guitarists and New Orleans barrelhouse pianists. Her dynamic style combines moving chords, funky grooves and boogie-woogie bass lines, and she teaches these techniques with style and humor."
In addition to Del's (and Steve's) two workshops at Elderly, the duo may be seen in concert on Tuesday, October 10, at the Ark in Ann Arbor or on Friday, October 13, at The Ten Pound Fiddle in East Lansing.
"Del Rey...channels the spirit of Memphis Minnie while maintaining a thoroughly hip, Left Coast sense of cool." - The Santa Cruz Sentinel
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