Behind every guitar is a luthier. Never heard of one? A luthier is someone who makes or repairs stringed instruments. The name “luthier” originally came from lute making, but today includes makers of acoustic and electric guitars, banjos, violins, cellos, and basses.
Hallowell welcomes music and craft fans to celebrate Maine’s stringed instrument makers at the 3rd Annual Maine Luthiers Showcase the weekend of October 4 – 6, 2019 in downtown Hallowell, central Maine’s “New Orleans on the Kennebec”. "We’re really excited to be hosting the luthiers again this year at multiple downtown locations.” said music coordinator Chris Poulson, “There will be music at all live music venues, with something for everyone. From instrumentalists and a singer songwriter showcase, Master Classes and concerts, to evenings of raucous guitar lick exchanges by local veteran guitar heroes including Stevie Jones, Robby Coffin, Rog Sampson, Denny Breau and other great musicians.” Music performances will be hosted in venues throughout downtown Hallowell including the City Hall Auditorium, The Harlow, the Second Street fire station and in restaurants and pubs on Water Street.
The Maine Luthiers Showcase recognizing Maine’s stringed instrument-making and performing music culture began in 2017, and has quickly grown from a few intimate performances to a weekend-long schedule of live music with demonstrations, lectures, and workshops for all ages relating to the art of lutherie in Maine.
“We are excited to have the Luthier Showcase in downtown Hallowell during Maine Craft Weekend. ” said Jamie Houghton, President of Vision Hallowell, which is helping to organize the event. The collaboration and community-focused nature of these events are a perfect fit for our downtown, and it is exciting to see the creativity and vibrancy of both residents and visitors throughout the weekend.”
The weekend features exhibitions of Maine-made acoustic and electric guitars, violins, and other stringed instruments at the Harlow Gallery, demonstrations of the luthier craft and musical techniques and performances by musicians playing these instruments on-stage at multiple venues all over town. The full schedule coming soon to www.hallowell.org/luthiers
Hallowell is a featured city for Maine Craft Weekend this year so visitors to Maine’s smallest city will also find displays and demonstrations featuring other crafts besides the art of lutherie, including ceramics, fiberart, craft beer, locally made chocolate and more. For details visit https://mainecraftweekend.org/2019-featured-locations/
Maine Luthier Showcase has been made possible by major sponsors Team EJP and the Kennebec Ice Area, the Portland Trust Company, Drummond Woodsum, and Ransom Consulting, and is supported in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Maine Luthier Showcase received a Tourism Marketing Enterprise Grant for 2019 from the Maine Office of Tourism - go to visitmaine.com for additional statewide information.