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Our Next Show
October 22-24, 2021
Bearsville Center
Woodstock, NY

Join us at our next show:
October 22-24, 2021
Bearsville Center , Woodstock, NY


With hopes for the future, we have begun planning for the year ahead. After extensive renovations and improvements to our venues over the past two years by the new owner of the Bearsville Center (, we look forward together to welcoming the international community of independent luthiers and musicians to the Eleventh Edition of the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase, October 22 - 24, 2021, at the Bearsville Center and environs in Woodstock, New York, USA.

With continued uncertainties due to the COVID pandemic, health and safety regulations, capacity, potential travel restrictions, etc., our first concern will be a safe and healthy gathering. Current New York State regulations regarding live entertainment venues and public gatherings mandate extremely limited capacities, and "Attendees must show proof of a recent negative COVID test or completed vaccination series prior to entry, and are subject to strict state guidance on face coverings, social distancing and health screenings." We hope that by October we may be able to operate at 75% capacity, and we assume that these health and safety restrictions will still be in place.


Bill Frisell & Tony Scherr will headline our annual String Sampler Concert at the Woodstock Playhouse, Saturday, October 23, 2021. More details TBA.

Advance ticketing information will be announced in August.


We will be posting listings of Exhibitors, Performers, Events - everything - as we update. Information will be found on this site, as well as our Facebook page. Stay tuned.


The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase is presented with generous support from our Premier Sponsor ACOUSTIC GUITAR Magazine, and our Supporting Sponsors: the Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans & Guitarmaker MagazineBourgeois GuitarsD’Addario & Co.Fishman, Inc.Guitar Player MagazineHeritage InsuranceC. F. Martin & Co., Take A Stand, Inc.WAMC Northeast Public Radio, the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce & Arts, and Yamaha Guitars.



Luthier Eric Weigeshoff, Skytop Guitars, New Paltz, NY, has donated a very special, custom, handmade acoustic guitar for a charity raffle to benefit, primarily, Family of Woodstock, Inc., with Planned Parenthood and the Ulster County (NY) SPCA as additional beneficiaries. Details to be announced.


Thanks to Larry Campbell, Tim FarrellSharon KleinKinloch NelsonHappy Traum, and Yasmin Williams, who have generously recorded the following demonstration videos on the instrument.


"Memories of Shadowfax"


"After The Storm"


Kinloch Nelson
"Sax 5th Ave." & "Lonely (Amy's Theme)"


Happy Traum
"There's A Bright Side, Somewhere"


"The Market Town" & "Scatter the Mud"

Sharon Klein 

“Nothing In Common"


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The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase is an annual acoustic guitar festival for the community of acoustic stringed-instrument builders, players, collectors and aficionados, presenting a gathering of the finest handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical instruments from around the world!

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A luthier (from the word lute) is a stringed-instrument maker. Fine handmade instruments such as these are not usually available in music stores or other retail environments, and the Luthiers Showcase is a rare opportunity for the public to see, play and experience the instruments, meet with their makers, discuss custom options and one of a kind creations, and buy or order a dream guitar from dozens of master builders, all gathered together in one place. Other vendors include tonewood dealers, parts and tool suppliers, string and accessories manufacturers, publications and instructional materials, lutherie services and schools. The three-day show features continuous live music, mini-concerts, demos and special appearances; plus Special Exhibits and Special Events included in the admission fee. We also present a series of Instructional Clinics and Workshops, taught by some of the world's finest instrumentalists, and our annual String Sampler Concert, by separate admission.

Woodstock, NY is the internationally known art and music community with a deep pool of notable local talent. Only a two-hour drive from New York City, October is peak autumn foliage season in the heart of the Catskill Mountains.