WUMB May Program Guide

A Second Generation Virtuoso Comes to Camp

This year we have the great fortune to be bringing Alonzo Pennington to Week 1 of our Summer Acoustic Music Weeks (SAMW), July 9-15 at Geneva Point Conference Center on Lake Winnipesaukee.

Some will remember Alonzo’s father, Eddie Pennington, teaching guitar at camp some years ago, and now Alonzo is carrying forward the great Kentucky thumbpicking fingerstyle guitar tradition as a world-renowned player in his own right.  He is a 3-time International Thumbpicking Contest Grand-Champion, and a past National Thumbpicking contest winner.  But Alonzo is equally at home playing country, bluegrass, R&B, even rock and jazz — if the music is good, it’s good for him!

He has released two albums on which he played every instrument (bass guitar, fiddle, drums, mandolin, and, of course, guitar), the first of which, Thumbin’, won the 2011 Thumbpicker’s Hall of Fame “Album of the Year.”  And of course he sings, too!  Alonzo will be teaching two classes at SAMW; one is of course an introduction to the thumbpicking guitar style and the other will offer flatpickers a chance to polish up their skills on some traditional fiddle tunes.

It gives us great joy to be adding Alonzo Pennington to the SAMW community.  There are still a few spaces left in Week 1, and so we hope that you will come and help us to welcome him in!

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