The Virginia Luthiers: Wayne Henderson, Gerald Anderson, Jimmy Edmonds, and Spencer Strickland
4th and High Street, Lyons,
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
The Virginia Luthiers are four very talented musicians and world-renowned musical instrument builders. They are Wayne Henderson, Gerald Anderson, Jimmy Edmonds, and Spencer Strickland. Together, these musical craftsmen have over 150 combined years of experience building instruments, and they make some of the best guitars, mandolins, violins, ukuleles, and banjos available in our time.Their clientele includes world-class musicians like Mumford and Sons, Eric Clapton, Gillian Welch, Tommy Emmanuel, and the late Doc Watson, instrument contest winners, and yes, even local, everyday folks!
We could write volumes about each of these four craftsmen-artists-musicans! Wayne Henderson's top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family, and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia; he’s played at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of "Masters of the Steel-String Guitar", and in seven nations in Asia. In a 1995 White House ceremony, Wayne Henderson was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship in recognition of his extraordinary instrument making. The book - Clapton's Guitar: Watching Wayne Henderson Build the Perfect Instrument - is a must-read!
Above and beyond his great talents as a musician and luthier, Wayne is known as a "friend to everyone" and shares his talents and knowledge unselfishly. The Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition was established in 1995 to express appreciation for this "living legend.”
Here's a great video featuring Gerald Anderson - A Mumford and Sons guitar in the making. Read about Gerald in this month's Bluegrass Unlimited. And check out this short video from this month's Fretboard Journal, featuring Jimmy Edmonds.
Concert Tickets - as of 4 pm today, online ticket sales are closed, however we expect to have a few seats at the door. We are close to selling out for this special show!