The Adelaide Festival Centre, one of the leading performing arts centers in Australia, has strung together a spectacular new event, the inaugural Adelaide International Guitar Festival. The new ten day festival, November 23 – December 2, 2007, is inspired and assisted by the New York Guitar Festival. Over 100 musicians from around the world will converge on Adelaide to honour and celebrate the guitar in over 40 guitar centric events, spanning all music genres (blues, jazz, classical, experimental, blues & roots, world, and more...) The Festival will take place in various venues at the Adelaide Festival Centre and in Elder Park.

On January 18th we kicked off the first of a four-concert series at Merkin Concert Hall, with a tribute to the great "Mississippi" John Hurt. Below is an article from the New Jersey Star-Ledger about the series...and a review from The New York Times.

A few photos from our Nehemiah "Skip" James tribute that took place at Merkin Concert Hall on January 25th, 2006...

Our 2006 festival kicked off with a free concert celebrating the 25th anniversary of the classic Bruce Springsteen album, “Nebraska.” An amazing roster of artists (including a very special guest for the encore) joined us at the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden, to interpret the songs from The Boss’ sixth album. 


On February 1st, the third of a four-part concert series at Merkin Concert Hall, paid tribute to the great Charley Patton. Below is an review from the New Jersey Star-Ledger...

On February 3rd, 2006, the New York Guitar Festival brought Daniel Lanois to Carnegie Hall to present his music and experimental film images. It was a magical performance — one of the festival’s highlights — and sold out weeks in advance. Below is a review that ran in the NY Press.


For guitar afficionados there is no better place to be in the first days of Autumn than New York City. For the past four years David Spelman, a protean guitar enthusiast, has presented a beguiling array of performances under the rubric of the New York Guitar Festival. This fall's festival, for instance, included a Baptist Blues frenzy of sacred pedal steel, tributes to fallen icons Jerry Garcia and George Harrison, an electric guitar quartet reading from dense scores, Andy Summers (of The Police) playing Brazilian tunes, and downtown polymath Elliot Sharp torturing an acoustic guitar in homage to John Fahey. 

By popular request, we’re posting the repertoire that each performer played at our third biennial Guitar Marathon at the 92nd Street Y’s Kaufman Auditorium. Also, stay tuned, as we’ll be podcasting audio and video clips from the marathon on the iTunes music store as well.

The New York Guitar Festival 2006 launched its 2006 event by honoring Bruce Springsteen's 1982 Nebraska album with a free gala concert under the glass atrium of the World Financial Center Winter Garden on January 14th.

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On January 25th, 2004 we held our second all-day guitar extravaganza. The marathon event brought together guitarists from around the world and received extensive media coverage. Below is a review that ran in the New York Times on January 30, 2004.


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