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Past Frontpage "News" Articles

Removed 9/01/06

Oh, my goodness - WE HAD A BLAST AT CAAS '06!!  We've been too busy to write up a review - and, it looks like everybody else on the net has, too..  But, here's a couple places to find some great pictures of it:  Texas Fingerstyle Guitar Music Room   Eddie Pennington's Web Site

Removed 8/11/06

Man, did we have a great time at the "coffee house" last night (07/04/06) here in Columbus, Ohio.  We had our own fireworks...  Visiting Gary Lambert from CA (on his way to CAAS) got together with his old Army buddy, Billy Tustin, and did we ever hear some super pickin'...  I think we might have some pictures to post later..

Removed 7/25/06

Jim Volk proved beyond all doubt that he is the reigning king of Ohio acoustic guitar last Thursday (04/27/06) at the Thirsty Ear here in Columbus.   (review)  


Mark Hill, that new superb Canadian picker we've found recently, has asked us to help him decide whether to include certain tunes in his upcoming CD release. How about helping out by listening to his draft recording he did on his computer of Shiek of Araby - and, then hop over to our Message Board to give him your opinion and/or suggestions...  (Mark Hill Shiek of Araby)

Now, give him your opinion at OFGC Message Board..  

Past OFGC Mark Hill review.  (review)


Bill Dutcher, modern acoustic whiz, will be visiting Columbus this July.. catch of couple of his gigs... (click)


Here's a copy of the CAAS 2006 Registration Form (in printable PDF format)


You folks wanna hear some guitar pickin' that will get you right up and out of that chair?  Give Scotty Anderson a listen playing "I'll See You In My Dreams."   And, remember - he isn't using a "harmonizer" device - all those notes are HIS!!!!  Guaranteed you'll never want to play ISYIMD again...  You might even want to sell all your guitars... (lol) 

By the way - we've added a "Scotty Talk" page to our web site to let you all read the latest e-news from Scotty's band. 


Oh, I'm still a sucker for "home grown." - This time Chaz Mechenbier turn his recording equipment on when good friend and fab picker, Craig Goodwin, came over to his house.  (Are we are blessed here in Columbus, Ohio - or, what???)   "Chaz 'n Craig - Just Messin' Around"...


THE MONEY HAS BEEN RAISED! (05/20/06)  Thanks to all that supported this important save (below.)

Eddie Pennington
and the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame needs our help in saving the last and only surviving guitar of Mose Rager - the West Kentucky man that single handedly influenced our club heroes. (click for more information)

Removed 6/21/06

Kenny Poole lost his battle with cancer today - Saturday, May 27, 2006.  The jazz world has lost one of it's great ones.  Our condolences go out to his family and legions of fans...  Rest in peace, my friend.

(Tribute to Kenny)

Removed 3/31/06

Hey, there's getting to be so many OFGC members that I can't remember what everybody looks like.  We've had a Members Pics & Lics page on this web site for quite awhile - but, not too many of you have sent in your pictures.  I'm going to start a separate Members Photo Album and will try to start it off by filling in some from our Past Pickin' Parties - but, how about everybody making an extra effort to e-mail me a good one of yourselves - with your name, city/state, guitar preference, and favorite guitarist.  Please Attach picture and Say Hello.

You gotta see this young Adam Fulara  play two guitars at once... finger style..  AWESOME!!!   (click)

Removed 3/31/06

OUR "POOLE" PARTY on Saturday, Jan 21st, 2006 was simply "wonderful."  (click for more info)  He was also inducted into our OFGC Hall of Fame  (HOF)

If you have a high speed internet access - click here to see a little of what Kenny played. Wanna go nuts??  Listen to this one - Brazil.. Awesome!

A good friend of ours, Maurice Jones, and one of the finest Merle Travis style guitar players remaining on the planet passed away a few weeks ago in Evansville, IN.  The club sent this silk wreath to his funeral to celebrate a life full of guitar music. 
Our condolences go out to his lovely wife, Geneva, and family.  Seeing Maurice was one of the highlights of driving to any of the Muhlenberg County, Kentucky guitar events.  He will be greatly missed by all.  (We'll be posting a Tribute to Maurice shortly.)



Removed 2/26/06

There will be a benefit this Saturday (Feb 25th from 7:00 to 9:00pm) to help send a team of the Vineyard Church of Columbus to Scandinavia this coming March. (click for more info on the trip)  John Morgan, OFGC member (and, one great finger style guitarist) is part of this team and the organizer of the benefit - Evening of Acoustic Music.  It will be held at Urban Coffee located at 7838 Olentangy River Road, next to the Hills Market in Olentangy Village Center (Route 315 just north of 270).   Admission is free - but, donations will be accepted for that fine cause. 

Removed 1/8/2006

The OFGC Pickin' Party on Sat, Nov 19th. with Guest Picker -  Richard Smith was unbelievable.  Gary Dawson & Matt Thomas did a tremendous job leading off for Richard.  (review and pictures to follow) 

There will be a "Pickin' Get Together" at the Richland Academy in downtown Mansfield , OH ( 75 North Walnut Street ) this Saturday, Jan 7th from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM .  Presented by Bob Cox - Academy instructor and charter member of OFGC.  Free and welcome to all.  See you there... (directons)

Removed 12/26/2005

Holiday Listening

"Jingle Bell Rock"

Compliments of:  Ray Cummins

"Christmas Medley" 

Compliments of:  Rich Severson


Compliments of:  Craig Dobbins

"White Christmas"

Compliments of:  Russ Jenkins

What Child is This/We Three Kings,

Compliments of:  Rich Hawkins

"Jingle Bell Rock" (video)

Compliments of: Eltjo Hasselhof


Frequent OFGC Guest Picker, Ray Cummins, will be putting on a Christmas Concert on Friday, Dec 23rd in Cincinnati - 7:30 .  His "Pure Christmas" CD is my favorite album of his - has the best arrangment of "Jingle Bell Rock" ever recorded.  (And, I'm sure with some persuasion - he just might play it for you... (lol)

JD Norman has a Taylor 612-CE (natural color) for sale - $1,800:  juliandnorman@yahoo.com 

Chaz Mechenbier
has a Boss DD-5 digital delay that he would take a $100 bucks for.   cmechenbier@yahoo.com

The latest edition of Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine (No. 59 ) has just hit the book stores.  GREAT STUFF in this issue:  Earl Klugh featured.  Also, Paul Yandell, Pete Huttlinger, and an awesome tune by Pierre Bensusan - and, many more!  

I just bought Craig Dobbins' CD and tablature book "Acoustic Christmas" - and, it is a gem.  I would highly recommend it to any of you guys and gals that are trying to work up some tunes for the holidays.  Just the CD alone is worth the price of the package. Palmer Moore  

Removed 11/28/2005

Our old good buddy and great acoustic guitarist, Bill Dutcher, will be coming home to Ohio for Thanksgiving and will be performing at Sports-On-Tap in Hilliard, the night after Thanksgiving (Fri. the 25th) 9pm - 12am.  He'll be teaming up with his old cohorts, Mark Bringardner and Delyn Christian when they were the slightly less than internationally famous "The Saturday Night Social Club."

Removed 12/23/2005

A good friend and member of OFGC, Larry Wright, has been a great financial supporter of our club for long time. Even though several strokes had made it nearly impossible for him to play guitar anymore - he still attended every Pickin' Party and most Tuesday Night Club Jams. Unfortunately Larry had another series of strokes awhile back that has him pretty much bed ridden. I know he'd love to get some cards and letters from you folks:

Larry Wright, 5405 Luther Lane, 
Hilliard, OH 43026

Removed 11/21/2005

We're havin' another OFGC Pickin' Party: Sat, Nov 19th. Guest PickerRichard Smith with Gary Dawson & Matt Thomas    (more info)

Please help out promoting this event in your area of Ohio by downloading and printing out the following FLYER (preferably on a color printer) and post them in music stores and guitar instruction studios. (Flyer) (pdf format)

This friday night (Nov 17th) our Pickin' Party visitors Gary Dawson and Matt Thomas will be playing a gig at Scottie MacBeans Coffee House, 660 High St, Worthington, OH - 8 - 11pm

The 9th Annual Denison University Jazz (Guitar) Festival the weekend of Oct 7-9th, 2005 was a huge success.  (more info)

Removed 11/13/05

  • The Pickin' Party on Saturday (Oct 1st) with Guest Picker Paul Moseley was way under attended, but he played his heart out, anyway.  Our thanks to Jim Volk for coming in and leading off for Paul - he was awesome.  (more info)

Removed 10/10/05

  • Elizabeth Houston of the Jamestown , Ohio area was inducted into the Ohio Fingerstyle Guitar Club Hall of Fame - Feb 26, 2005 .  She received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Guitar Education at our Pickin' Party from Al Yeoman, Chairman - Hall of Fame Committee.  (OFGC Hall of Fame)
  • There's a brand new finger style guitar club down in Tampa , Florida that all you snowbirds should know about if you are headed to Fla sometime this winter. 
    (Tampa Finger Style Guitar Group)
  • AWESOME JAZZ GUITAR WEEKEND coming up this weekend (Oct 7-9):  Tim Cummiskey & the SUPERB Jack Wilkins will be jamming at the Worthington Inn on Friday night (8 - 11) and the 9th Annual Denison University Jazz Festival will be Sat and Sun - featuring greats Gene Bertoncini and Jack Wilkins FREE!! (more info)
  • I know I've told you folks that our good buddy and great thumb style player, Terry Efaw, won one of only two Chet Atkins National Pickin' Contests way back in '72.  Chet personally awarded him one of the prototype Gretsch Super Chet guitars.  Well, he just beat out one super player by the name of Rick Allred and they have been best of friends every since.  Rick just recently put up a web site and there is a WONDERFUL picture of him and Terry at that contest.... Check it out (click.)
  • Catching him by complete surprise, your OFGC club organizer, Palmer Moore, was inducted into the OFGC Hall of Fame at the Pickin' Party this past Saturday (5/14/05).  Presenting the award were his close freinds and OFGC Hall of Fame Committee, Alan Yeoman and Dave "Sully" Sullivan.
    (OFGC Hall of Fame) 
  • OFGC inspires another regional finger style guitar club.  We recently got the most sincere memo from a Randy Finney of Toronto, Canada who started a guitar club up there:  (click to read letter)
  • Our good buddy, long time OFGC member, and smooooth finger style guitarist from Cleveland, Pete Cavano, got a nice article written about him on CoolCleveland.com
  • Modern acoustic whiz, Jim Volk, debuted Tommy Emmanuel tunes in his venue at a benefit at Scotty McBean's Coffee House in Beechwold on 3/25/05.  (click)
  • Our own Tuesday Night Club Jam regular, Frank Lefebre, is working on a CD..  Check out one of the cuts that will be on the CD... "Chicken Pickin' (click to hear)