Mary Flower plays the blues

Finger-style solo blues artist Mary Flower will return to the Rogue Valley for a performance at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, at MOJO Rising Workshop and Event Studio, 140 Lithia Way, Ashland. Flower will present a guitar workshop at the studio from Noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Working in both the intricately syncopated Piedmont finger-picking style and her own bluesy lap-slide guitar, Flower has earned raves from critics and audiences alike for her vocals and guitar mastery. As the only woman in history to twice place in the top three at the legendary national Finger-picking Guitar Championships, and with six critically acclaimed CDs and three instructional DVDs to her credit, Flower is in demand for festivals, concerts and guitar workshops on both sides of the Atlantic.

Flower plays on vintage guitars, rooted in the sounds of classic blues. With four decades of experience behind her, Flower says she's "at the top of her game," touring and making appearances at festivals and shows from Prairie Home Companion and E-Town to Merlefest and Seattle's Folklife. An avid and celebrated instructor, she spreading her experience and love of the blues at workshops like International Guitar Seminars and Jorma Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch. She was a featured performer at the Ashland-based Rogue Valley Blues Festival in 2006.

Acoustic Guitar magazine writes, "With her immaculate guitar playing and warm contralto, Mary Flower finds the sweet spot between modern and rootsy."

Advance tickets are available for $10 at the Music Coop, Ashland, and at the door for $12, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Seating is on a first-come basis; all ages are welcome. The Sunday workshop is $40 and is open to all intermediate players. See / or call 324-7044.

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