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Guy & Sharrie George
Around this time each year, we open registration for The Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat, sponsored by Folkcraft Instruments, and we're happy to be doing it again for our 9th year - February 25th - 28th, ! We're still eight months out, and we're remaining hopeful that the retreat will take place, safely, at The Florida Cracker Riverside Resort in Homosassa Springs. The coronavirus will no doubt still be a concern in the late winter, which is why we're going to be limiting the number of registrations available. We'll be conducting temperature checks at registration and social distancing precautions will be in place for workshops and the concert which will be closed to the public for the first time! We want everyone to have a fun, educational, relaxing and safe experience with us on the river! That said, if we decide to cancel the retreat, all registrations will be refundable so you can go ahead and plan with peace of mind. If cancellation becomes a possibility, we'll do our very best to make the call early enough so that your travel arrangements can be changed with minimum expense. Workshop descriptions will appear later this summer and you can subscribe to this page in order to receive updates.
Guy George is a multi-faceted musician with jazz influenced roots. His diverse playing style adds a different twist to the sounds of the hammered dulcimer, steel drum, pennywhistle, and saxophone, all of which he incorporates into his performances and teaching. A professional musician most of his life, Guy studied jazz performance, arranging and composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. He travels throughout the United States and Canada performing and teaching at various types of venues and festivals.
Guy George, from Cleveland, Ohio, is a rhythmic, melodic hammered dulcimer player with a definite jazz influence to his playing style. Guy comes from a background in jazz and performance on the saxophone, having studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston; honing his skills playing with many jazz influenced musicians in the Boston and New York area. He has settled outside Cleveland, Ohio and presently plays hammered dulcimer, tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, flute, steel drum and keyboard. He tours throughout the United States and Canada performing and recording and teaching workshops on the hammered dulcimer, steel drums, and penny whistle. His teaching style is relaxed and fun, as he teaches tunes of many different genres and styles. In addition, he incorporates methods for more advanced practicing and playing techniques while simultaneously entertaining his students. Guy has authored 13 books arranged for hammered dulcimer, steel drum, pennywhistle, and other instruments, which are distributed around the world through Gesani Publications, a company he and his wife, Sharrie, own and operate. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.