John Sheehan
                                                                                                                            "Dedicated Finger Style Guitar"


Hi John, 

Love your playing!
I particularly like Beauty Road and would like to see if I can learn it. 
I'm not a pro or have great skill, just enjoy playing lovely tunes and this is one of them. 
I'm about a third of the way through Tommy Emmanuel's Papa George right now, should've got the fingering down in about 3 weeks then another couple of years bringing it up to speed ha ha! 
I'll pay by Paypal if you send me an invoice.
Kind regards
Peter from the UK



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'The Roots and History of Finger-style Guitar'

Newspaper review:  

Last show was on Sunday April 27th 2014 , 3 pm
 'Roots and History of Finger Style Guitar '
 @Dorothy Henry Library
66 Rote 94,Vernon NJ 07462
 Vernon NJ
(973) 827-8095


Dear Events Director -

I would like to present my Guitar program at your Library, Church ,School or Historical Society  .It was well received at the Tuxedo Park Library on Sunday November 7th 2010.!/album.php?aid=54109&id=141143729268803&fbid=141144402602069

Here is a description of my hour demonstration/Performance ,'The Roots and History of Finger-style Guitar'.

Starting with 16th Century Lute music performed on Renaissance Lute and Guitar moving through Baroque and Classical period guitar the program will migrate from these European traditions to American music. Examples of South American music and American Blues, Country, Folk and Rock will then morph to a Contemporary Finger style guitar end to the program.

John Sheehan


 Dorothy Henry Friends of the Library , Vernon NJ

"Thank you for a great program "Eleanor O'Mara. Dorothy Henry Friends of the Library program , Vernon NJ
"Thanks for your concert at the Library. It was friendly, informative and fun . I've always been interested in stringed instruments ".
Victor DiPersia ,
Dorothy Henry Friends of the Library , Vernon NJ

"Thank you for a wonderful program!" , Albert Wisner Public Library ,Warwick NY

"OK, John Sheehan is a freakin' treasure. I just got back from "John Sheehan presents...The Roots and History of Finger Style Guitar" at our library here in Warwick.
Eight course Renaissance lute...nylon string guitar...steel string guitar. His presentation was informative, interesting, and casually delivered...his performances were stellar.
John, you da man!!

Jim Elwell patron of musicians in the Warwick  NY and Vernon NJ area .Albert Wisner Public Library program,Warwick NY

John Sheehan’s The Roots and History of Finger style Guitar is a wonderful program for adults and teens. Blending history with musical demonstrations, John explains this development in music in a fun and interactive way. Playing on Renaissance Lute ,Classical and Steel String guitars, John will amaze you with his mastery of many different genres of music.
 John presented this program at Allendale’s (NJ) Lee Memorial Library in the spring of 2011 to great audience acclaim. I highly recommend John’s program as a unique and entertaining experience for your audience.


Carol M. Connell Cannon
Lee Memorial Library
Allendale, NJ

John Sheehan's presentation of The Roots and History of Finger style Guitar was a fitting show for our Classical Music program at Christ Episcopal Church. John is a consummate performer and artist with the Lute and guitar. His succinct commentary concerning the history, and biographical information of the last 400 years was interesting, especially with the well thought out musical selections that were wonderful. His playing was virtuosic and kept the audience's complete attention. Even the younger crowd could not keep their eyes and ears away from the stage. BRAVO to John Sheehan.

Jim Ankrom
Christ Church
Newton NJ

"The program was worth the trip. You shared some great history about the guitar & lute. Thanks!"
Barry Adelman, Music For Humanity
Lee Memorial Library
Allendale, NJ

"Congratulations to John Sheehan on a marvelous presentation yesterday at the Allendale Library on the The Roots and History of Finger style Guitar! Moving from the Renaissance Lute to modern bluegrass picking, John offered a fascinating history of the development of the guitar, while demonstrating with examples from his own virtuoso playing."
Robert Baer   
Lee Memorial Library
Allendale, NJ

For more info and records of past events please visit:!/pages/The-Roots-and-History-of-Fingerstyle-Guitar/141143729268803

This program has been very well received at these venues:

11/ 2010 - Tuxedo Park Library ,Tuxedo ,NY

3/19/11 -  Lee Memorial Library, Allendale NJ

3/25/11 - Christ Church Newton NJ  

8/24/13-Albert Wisner Public Library ,Warwick NY

4/27/14 Dorothy Henry Friends of the Library , Vernon NJ!/pages/The-Roots-and-History-of-Fingerstyle-Guitar/141143729268803?v=wall!/pages/Sheehan-CDs-Music-Booking-Sheet-Music-and-Tablatures/174551782562351?v=wall

Lutenists, Jacob Lindberg and Paul Odette are such a great pleasure to listen to .Dedication to Artistry and Craft in keeping this almost forgotten beautiful music alive . When John Fahey and Happy Traum lit the Finger Style Guitar candle for me back in the late 60's it wasn't long before I encountered Julian Bream playing a John Dowland Fantasia on the Lute at Town Hall in New York City. Although it took me several years to start teaching myself Lute the drive and need was always there after seeing Julian Bream .





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