The Folk Arts Society 2011 Concert and Workshop Series Featuring Blues Workshop

February 17, 2011

Dennis Parker (above) & John Clarke will be holding the Blues workshop

Due to the popularity of the small stage workshops at this years Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival and repeated requests for hands on learning opportunities, The Folk Arts Society is pleased to launch a new series of workshops and concert presentations.

Each 1 1/2 to 2 hour workshop will be preceded by a 1 hour acoustic concert presentation. The short performance will give workshop participants a chance to familiarize themselves with the style of the performer and isolate any areas of particular interest such as chord progressions, techniques, melodic ideas, etc. These ideas can then be explored in the workshop that follows the concert.

We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities by registering early as space will be limited!

To register or for more information contact the Folk Arts Society at 576-8508, email events@nlfolk.com, or go to www.nlfolk.com

April 3rd, 2011

Blues Guitar 101 with Denis Parker and John Clarke

LSPU Hall Second Space

1:00pm to 4:00pm

A 1 hour acoustic blues concert followed by 1 and 1/2 hours of blues inspiration and instruction! This blues ain’t all about feelin’ bad; actually it has much more to do with playing guitar! And we will be playing Gibson’s, dobros, and a steel bodied National Tricone that is probably the loudest, bluesiest, and coolest thing you have ever seen or heard! This workshop is all about jamming the blues and enabling participants to jam in any key and some of the topics covered will be blues scales, blues turnarounds, transitioning between chords, and lead licks and fills. There will be a crash course in slide guitar as well!

Denis Parker has been the mainstay of the local blues scene since his arrival to St. John’s in the 1970s. Primarily known as a Dobro player and slide guitarist, John Clarke has been a sideman to many local songwriters and blues musicians over the last 10 years.


All ideas can be adapted to using a flat-pick but basic finger style guitar is the focus.

Participants should be able to change chords fluently in the keys of E and A.

Knowledge of music theory is not necessary.

Bring is your own guitar and slide, and a tuner is always helpful!

Doors open at 12:45, concert session runs form 1pm to 2pm.

Workshop and concert cost is $40 and the concert only is $5 (all HST included).

Workshops must be paid in advance; concert admission is by cash on the door only.

To register or for more information contact the Folk Arts Society at 576-8508, email events@nlfolk.com, or go to www.nlfolk.com

John Clarke
Events Coordinator
Folk Arts Society
35th Annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival
Office: (709)-576-8508
Alternate (709)-579-5755


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