BRT presents a guitar workshop and concert with Peter Janson and Tim Farrell

BRT presents a guitar workshop and concert with Peter Janson and Tim Farrell

Guitarists Peter Janson, left, and Tim Farrell will present a workshop and concert at Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., Cumberland, on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m.

CUMBERLAND - Blackstone River Theatre will present a concert featuring fingerstyle guitarists Peter Janson and Tim Farrell on Saturday, Feb. 22, 8 p.m., at the Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., Cumberland. Admission is $12 advance and $15 on the day of the show.

Janson and Farrell will also offer a two-hour acoustic guitar essentials workshop for all levels at 2 p.m. The cost is $40 for workshop only; $45 for the workshop and evening concert.

Janson brings world-class solo acoustic guitar music to records and the concert stage with fresh contemporary arrangements of traditional tunes from England, Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and North America, as well as his own Celtic-inspired compositions. Janson is an artist-faculty member of the Performing Arts Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston and has composed and recorded music on 14 national and international CDs including six solo CDs under his name. A regular performer at guitar festivals and concerts throughout North America, Janson's latest CD "A Long Road: Tunes from Celtic Lands" was released in 2013.

Pennsylvania artist Tim Farrell's fingerstyle playing and original compositions display an elegant simplicity that celebrates the purity of the acoustic guitar. Says Billboard magazine, "Tim Farrell stands apart from the numerous guitar slingers out there. He is a guitarist to be heard." His full-length CDs showcase the depth of his composing skills. In addition, he has written music for TV and radio shows, multi-media presentations, movie soundtracks, websites and interactive theater productions. Farrell's song "Rosewood Alley" earned 1st Place Best Instrumental in the 7th annual International Acoustic Music Awards and "Joyride to Tranquility" is a finalist for Best Instrumental in this year's International Acoustic Music Awards.

Farrell and Janson will perform tonight in round robin format with both on stage at the same time trading pieces.

At the 2 p.m. workshop, Janson and Farrell will share their vast knowledge of topics and techniques for steel-string guitar in a two-hour workshop at Blackstone River Theatre. Performance and practice tips, and having fun playing music will be points of focus. A random small number of attendees will be asked to play excerpts of their best songs, or perhaps something they are struggling with, in order to determine the individual needs of each player.

If time allows, right-hand fingerstyle practice patterns designed to build relaxed control and independence will also be covered. All levels of fingerstyle and flat-pickers are welcome. Maximum 12-15 students. Visit www.riverfolk.org for information.

For reservations or information, call Blackstone River Theatre at 401-725-9272.