Wednesday November 21, 2012

PUTNEY -- There is little more important to a journeyman guitarist than the instrument chosen to give voice to his muse. On Saturday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m., three prominent acoustic guitarists will come together at Next Stage in an historic night of music and conversation to celebrate the Vermont instrument-maker Michael Millard and his world-renowned Froggy Bottom guitars.

Acoustic guitarists Will Ackerman, Scott Ainslie and David Surette each play Froggy Bottom instruments, made by Millard in the Vermont workshop where he has been building Froggy Bottom Guitars for more than 40 years. Each of these musicians performs all over the world but makes his home here in southern Vermont.

The evening, part of the Community Artist Performance Series curated by Next Stage Arts, will feature all three musicians on stage with Millard, where each will perform and converse with the instrument maker and the audience about the guitars, Millard’s unique approach to design, and the art and craftsmanship of guitar building.

Guitarist and composer Will Ackerman, one of the evening’s featured performers who is well known as the founder of the iconic new age label Windham Hill Records, said, "It’s all about emotional inspiration from within which requires an encompassing ambience in which to lose myself. Froggy Bottom Guitars offer me the certainty of finding that place and the music that resides there.


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Millard has personally built more than 5,000 guitars, many of them custom-built for some of the world’s most discerning guitarists.

Eric Bass, a co-founder of community non-profit Next Stage Arts Project, said, "On behalf of the Board of Directors and everyone in the community, I extend an enormous thank you to the musicians and Michael for their generosity in making this extraordinary celebration of Michael’s work and artistic vision possible."

"Music from Froggy Bottom" will be moderated by musician, songwriter and guitar teacher Lisa McCormick.

Tickets are $20 general and $18 for students/seniors, available at Offerings Jewelry, Putney and online at www.nextstagearts.org. This event is made possible in part through media support provided by Vermont Public Radio. Additional support from Maple Leaf Music, Brattleboro.

Next Stage Arts Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Putney’s cultural and economic village center through the programming, development and operation of Next Stage.