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Artistry of the Guitar: Ken Bonfield, Steve Davison & Tim Farrell
Willits Community Theatre
Willits, CA
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Artistry of the Guitar: Ken Bonfield, Steve Davison & Tim Farrell
Artistry of the Guitar offers 3 outstanding musicians/composers in one exciting concert, in the intimate Willits Community Theatre.  



A self-taught (and now nationally recognized) acoustic fingerstyle player and composer, Ken recently celebrated 20 years as a fulltime musician with his CD Legacy  a 12-song retrospective of his original instrumentals recorded live in studio with a harp guitar and two baritone guitars from his "chamber folk ensemble" of custom-built instruments, created by master luthier Al Carruth of Newport NH.

His main instruments are an 11-string harp guitar, a 6-string small jumbo baritone, and several OM-sized alt-tuned standard guitars. Most all of Bonfield's compositions spring from alternate tunings (i.e. non-standard tunings, with individual strings raised or lowered to create new note pitches, relationships and guitar voices). Besides Legacy, Ken has recorded and released 4 solo albums and 2 duos with violinist Joe Ebel. All solo albums have reached the Top 20 on instrumental charts, with Homecoming going to Number 5.
Ken regularly tours across North America, He has performed in listening rooms and venues like Cafe Lena, Club Passim, The Bluebird Cafe, Eddies Attic, The Grey Eagle, Uncle Calvin's, Acoustic Sounds Cafe, Moonlight Music, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Kent State Folk Festival, and twice at Regional Folk Alliances in the Northeast and Southwest.

Bonfield has shared stages with songwriters Arlo Gutherie, John Mayer, Chuck Pyle, Christine Kane, Pierce Pettis, Louise Taylor, Billy Jonas, Cliff Eberhardt, Dee Carstensen, and Garnet Rogers. He has played instrumental guitar shows with Ed Gerhard, Bill Mize, Harvey Reid, Muriel Anderson, Stephen Bennett, Teja Gerken, Steve Davison, Danny Dozier, Peter Janson, Larry Pattis, Giacomo Fiore, Vicki Genfan and Martin Simpson.

Ken's work with luthier Alan Carruth has made him a featured performer at the famous Montreal Guitar Festival, Healdsburg Guitar Festival and the Newport Guitar Festival.

Calling Ken Bonfield a guitarist is a bit like calling Michelangelo a painter...Cape Ann Beacon


Steve Davison is a fingerstyle guitarist who composes on both the 6 and 12 string guitar. His original compositions are built around simple melodic structures and focus on the intimate qualities of the acoustic guitar and the tonal possibilities of alternate tunings that give the guitar such an extraordinary range. His guitar playing is influenced by his original musical experiences as a drummer. He put down the sticks in early adulthood to pursue the guitar.

Steve has performed around the country the last 6 years with Ken Bonfield as Artistry of the Guitar. He has shared the stage with artists such as Muriel Anderson, Larry Coryell , Dakota Dave Hull, Tim Farrell, Teja Gerken, Doug Young, Tim Sparks and Peter Janson. Steve has been featured on Arkansas Educational Network's program  AETN Presents and his music has been used on the soundtrack of other AETN productions.  Steve was the winner of the 2005 Arkansas Acoustic Music Festival and a finalist in the 2009 Merle Travis Fingerstyle competition.  He has performed at the Montreal Guitar Festival and the Healdsburg Guitar Festival where he will be a featured performer this year.


A highly accomplished guitarist and Grammy nominee, Tim Farrell has mastered the
intricacies of fingerstyle guitar  infusing craft, technique and melodic substance to create his own inimitable style. An active educator and performer, he has shared audiences with
musicians as diverse as George Benson, Les Paul, Derek Trucks, Rick Wakeman, Bill Frisell
and Jean-Luc Ponty, Michael Manring. His music is enjoyed internationally on broadcast and Internet radio, airline in-flight audio, television, multi-media and films such as "The Missing Piece." Farrell was recently selected to the artist roster of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour for the eleventh year in a row and his album CODAS was voted as Best of Echoes (

Farrell's song Rosewood Alley earned 1st Place Best Instrumental in the 7th Annual
International Acoustic Music Awards



Willits Community Theatre (View)
37 West Van Lane
Willits, CA 95490
United States

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Arts > Performance
Music > All Ages
Music > Festivals
Music > Folk
Music > Indie
Music > Jazz
Other > Family-Friendly

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



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Micheletti Guitars
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Micheletti Guitars
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garberville, CA United States
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