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Guitar Raffle to Benefit the John Herald Fund for Musicians
Sunday, October 28, 4:30pm
Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker Street, Bearsville, NY   See Map

WILS Music Coordinator Sharon Klein has donated a handmade, 12-fret steel guitar built to classical guitar scale in 1992 by Bill Wright. Proceeds of the auction will benefit Family of Woodstock’s John Herald Fund for musicians in need. Originally owned by renowned classical guitarist Frederic Hand, principal guitar and lutenist of the NY Metropolitan Opera, it was used on his Emmy Award winning soundtrack recording for “Days of Our Lives.” This luthier-built instrument has some battle scars but with the fine repair work of local luthier William Kramer-Harrison, maintains a fine, warm, focused tone. The guitar has been the go-to travel guitar for Sharon on her travels around the globe, including trips to and performances in Israel, El Salvador, Turkey, Cyprus, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Egypt, Jordan, Japan, and much of Europe. When she joined WILS as music programmer, she thought it fitting to have the guitar autographed by some of the great players who attended the showcase thru the years.

Signatures on guitar, so far: Jorma Kaukonen, John Sebastian, Happy Traum, Bucky Pizzarelli, Cindy Cashdollar, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Pierre Bensusan, Al Petteway, Frank Vignola, Vinny Raniolo, Ed Laub, George Worthmore, Kinloch Nelson, Paul Asbell, Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, Vicki Genfan

Guitar description: Top: Spruce; Back & sides: Indian Rosewood; 12 frets to the body; 2" nut width; Fingerboard: ebony. Comes with Gator semi-hard shell gig bag/case Raffle tix: $10 each, 3 for $25. Raffle drawing 4:30PM, Sun 10/28, during Showcase at Bearsville Thr. Entrants need not be present to win. WILS will pay shipping and insurance to winner within lower 48 United States.

Raffle tickets available until Mon, Oct.22 for advance purchase at:

Raffle Tix

Tickets will also be sold at Showcase during show hours, 11AM to 6PM Fri 10/26 and Sat 10/27 & 11AM to 2PM Sun 10/28.


Sharon Klein