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October 22-24, 2021
Bearsville Center
Woodstock, NY

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October 22-24, 2021
Bearsville Center , Woodstock, NY



2020 Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase CANCELLED





It is with great regret that we must cancel this year’s Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase, October 22 - 25, 2020. We have tried to move ahead with planning for a greatly reduced, and hopefully safe, gathering but the worsening coronavirus pandemic situation in the United States makes it obvious that to try and hold the Luthiers Showcase in October would be ill-advised, and possibly dangerous for all who attend. 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.

This is especially disappointing, given the anticipation for the Luthiers Showcase’s return after our hiatus in 2019, and the extensive renovations and improvements to our venues over the past year by the new owner of the Bearsville Center ( With thanks for their cooperation, we look forward together to welcoming the international community of independent luthiers and musicians to the next Eleventh Edition of the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase, October 22 – 24, 2021, at the Bearsville Center and environs in Woodstock, New York, USA.

We hope to offer some virtual events and presentations this year, over the weekend of October 23 – 25, 2020, and, conditions permitting, our annual String Sampler Concert, featuring Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan headlining, other acts TBD, with a Live Streaming complement, Saturday, October 25, 2020. Luthier Eric Weigeshoff, Skytop Guitars, New Paltz, NY, is donating a very special, custom, handmade acoustic guitar for a charity raffle or auction; details to be announced.

With thanks to 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., PRS Guitars, Take A Stand, Inc., WAMC Northeast Public Radio, and the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce & Arts.

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

Baker Rorick, Founder / Producer


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.