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NSMA's Annual Silent Auction / Phil Heywood & Gordon Thorne
Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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The North Shore Music Association's Annual Silent Auction (6 PM in the ACA lobby) will feature an array of unique, high-quality items all generously donated by local organizations and businesses. Proceeds from the auction will benefit NSMA. Bidding will continue at intermission, and winning bids will be announced following the concert.

At 7:30 PM, NSMA presents a special shared-bill concert featuring two exceptional fingerstyle guitarists: Phil Heywood and Gordon Thorne. Savor two solo sets of lyrical narratives and down-home rhythmic grooves, plus a few delectable duets. Tickets: $15 adults, $5 students (18 & under).  For sale at door, or in advance at (no fees).

About Phil Heywood: Phil Heywood plays fingerstyle guitar with a bluesy swing and a bucketful of whatever it takes to turn an instrumental piece into an arresting lyrical narrative. His lucid playing encompasses the down-home rhythmic groove of a Mississippi John Hurt or Leadbelly, and the sheer fluidity and melodic flair of such contemporaries as Leo Kottke. A soul-satisfying instrumentalist, Phil draws listeners in with his voice as well, singing in a warm, plainspoken baritone that blends smoothly with his rock-solid guitar work.

Winner of the 1986 National Fingerpicking Championship and the 1987American Fingerstyle Guitar Festival Competition, Phil has since played on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion with guitar legend Chet Atkins, performed with fellow acoustic guitar luminaries Peter Lang, Pat Donohue, Tim Sparks, and Dakota Dave Hull, and opened shows for such artists as Norman Blake, Greg Brown, John Renbourn, Chris Smither, and John Hammond.

He has recorded five CDs: Some Summer Day (1990), Local Joe (1996), Circle Tour (2000), Banks of the River (2003), and You Got To Move (2008). What one inspired critic wrote of Local Joe applies equally to each of Phil's CDs: "Acoustic guitar fans should consider this recording a must have... Heywood gives us all something to enjoy for a long time" (Music Reviews Quarterly).

About Gordon Thorne: Gordon Thorne began playing fingerstyle guitar in the late 1970s. Drawing primarily on the styles of early rural blues and ragtime players, he has developed a swinging, syncopated guitar style. Over the years, Gordon has explored music from the British Isles, different regions of Africa, and some South American stuff, but in the end he brings it all back home, letting these world music influences filter into a true American style. His sound reflects an American musical landscape of country bluesers, jazzers, oldtime fiddlers, roustabouts, and rounders.

Since the early 1980s, Gordon has been living up on Minnesota’s north shore in the small town of Finland, working as a carpenter and playing a little music on a little guitar. With guitarist Bob Bingham, he has recorded and released two CDs: Out of the Desert and into the Blues and Bingham and Thorne, 2.

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