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October 22-24, 2021. CANCELLED!
Bearsville Center
Woodstock, NY

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



The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase, in collaboration with the Bearsville Theater, is proud to present a musical brunch: Gospel and Spirituals with Hubby Jenkins, Sunday, October 24, 2021, from 12:00 to 3:00 PM in the lounge of the Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY, 12498.  The concert and presentation with free admission is funded by the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase, with additional funding from a generous grant by the Bluestein Family Foundation, administered by the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. A brunch menu will be available for purchase. Registration is requested:

Hubby Jenkins is a talented multi-instrumentalist who endeavors to share his love and knowledge of old-time American music. Born and raised in Brooklyn he delved into his southern roots, following the thread of African American history that wove itself through America's traditional music forms. As an integral member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and later Rhiannon Giddens band, Hubby has performed at festivals and venues around the world, earning himself both Grammy and Americana award nominations. Today he spreads his knowledge and love of old-time American music through his dynamic solo performances and engaging workshops.

About the program, Hubby says, “In America, spirituals and gospel music have been the cornerstone of communities, the soundtrack of movements such as civil rights, and the inspiration for many popular songs.” Hubby endeavors to have a little church, open a few minds and have a good time while sharing the stories and history behind some of his favorite songs. So, join Hubby for this immersive dive into black history and music, with performances of songs sung by Hubby, accompanying himself on guitar, banjo and bones. Participatory sing-along encouraged, a celebration!

The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase (WILS) 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. Baker Rorick, WILS founder and producer, says about the event, “In lieu of the cancelled 2021 Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase, and our cancelled String Sampler Concert that would have featured Hubby Jenkins as one of the artists, we are proud and happy to give a little something to our town and surrounding communities by presenting this free event in conjunction with the Bearsville Theater.”

Video: Hubby Jenkins Homegrown Concert, Library of Congress (30 min):

Bearsville Theater


(August 27, 2021, Woodstock, NY) It is with great regret that we must cancel this year’s Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase, October 22 – 24, 2021. We have tried to move ahead with planning for a greatly reduced gathering, but the continuing coronavirus pandemic situation in the United States makes it obvious that to try and hold the Luthiers Showcase in October would be ill-advised. The health and safety of all must be our primary concern, and we would be unable to offer the full experience and quality presentation that the community has come to expect from WILS. 

With thanks for the understanding and cooperation of our venue the Bearsville Center, our Premier Sponsor Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and our supporting Sponsors the Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans & Guitarmaker Magazine, Bourgeois Guitars, D’Addario & Co., Fishman, Inc., Guitar Player Magazine, Heritage Insurance, C. F. Martin & Co., Take A Stand, Inc., WAMC Northeast Public Radio, the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce & Arts, and Yamaha Guitar Group!

Special thanks and acknowledgement must go to our incredible Team WILS Production Partners: Sharon Klein, Music Coordinator; Lu Ann Bielawa, Events & Volunteers Coordinator; Mark Heller, Showcase Development & Social Media; Stuart Mono, Publisher and Database Manager.

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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 Farrell, Sharon Klein, Kinloch Nelson, Happy 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.