Virtuoso acoustic guitarists Mark Cosgrove and Rolly Brown will be featured in their twelfth annual "National Guitar Champs" autumn acoustic music event on Saturday, Nov. 26, at Buckingham Friends School in Lahaska PA. Both Bucks County performers have won the prestigious National Guitar Championships held annually in Winfield KS; Cosgrove in Flatpicking and Brown in the Fingerstyle division.
Cosgrove and Brown will be joined by mandolinist Emory Lester from Canada. The 8 p.m. concert will feature solo sets by each performer as well as an ensemble set highlighting the interplay of their instrumental styles. Accompaniment will be provided by Cosgrove's "Good Medicine Band", featuring vocalist/guitarist Peter Lorch, mandolinist Mike Madan, bassist Larry Cohen, and legendary fiddler Kenny Kosek.
All three principal musicians will be featured in a Saturday afternoon workshop from 1 till 4 p.m.
The Philadelphia Inquirer says, "Cosgrove and Brown's fingers turn still guitar strings into a whirlwind of melody...these musicians have mastered the art of playing acoustic guitar." Cosgrove, known for his hard-driving bluegrass playing, has toured internationally for many years, and has been featured in various national publications in recent years. Brown, a solo performer, sideman to various folk luminaries, and former host of WXPN's "Guitar Wizards", plays blues, jazz, swing, folk, bluegrass, and originals, and has become a prominent teacher and performer at guitar camps around the country.
This year's guest performer, virtuoso mandolinist Emory Lester, has won great praise from acoustic music masters including Tony Trischka and David Grisman. Emory has been quietly carving out one of the finest reputations in the mandolin world for over 25 years. While moving between his childhood home in northern Virginia, and his current home in Ontario Canada, he has developed a devoted following, especially among other musicians. According to Brown, “Emory is equally at home with bluegrass, newgrass, and acoustic jazz. He brings an exciting energy to the stage, and we know that he'll fit right into the friendly, informal format of this annual concert.”
Buckingham Friends School is located on Rt. 202 where it separates from Rt. 263, just west of Peddler's Village in Lahaska PA, about halfway between Doylestown and New Hope. Concert tickets are $25. Fee for the 3 hour Saturday workshop is $60. A ticket for both concert and workshop is $75. For further information and advanced tickets, call 215-297-9660 or 215-862-1924