Among guitarists and critics, Woody Mann is considered a modern master.
While the blues are his touchstone, he seems to draw inspiration from every direction with ease and grace. Pioneering guitar legend John Fahey said it well: “You can hear classical, jazz and blues approaches somehow converging into a single sparkling sound completely his own.”
Woody has pursued a rich and diverse career; he has performed everywhere from the orchestra pits of Broadway to stages worldwide, recorded extensively, and schooled countless guitarists through his many books and DVDs including “The Art of Acoustic Blues Guitar” DVD series, “The Complete Acoustic Blues Guitar Method”, and his latest DVD “Take Command of Your Fretboard”, for Homespun Tapes.
First half - film screening of Harlem Street Singer (77 minutes)
Harlem Street Singer tells the story of Reverend Gary Davis, the great blues and gospel musician whose unique style and remarkable skills on the guitar inspired a generation of musicians. The film traces Davis’s journey out of poverty in the Deep South to his iconic status in the folk and rock scene in 1960s New York.
Second half - performance by Woody Mann (50 minutes)
Throughout his career, Woody has not forgotten those early lessons in the Rev. Davis’ living room or the jazz traditions that were his wellspring. He has become one of the world’s renowned guitar masters – bringing the past up to the present – with his own contemporary improvisational style.
“Mann is simply spellbinding.”Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine (USA)
“Don’t miss a chance to see him; you are unlikely to hear anything - or anyone - better in the fields that Mann has chosen to master.”The Times