Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb

Guitarists to perform in Oswego

Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb

International guitar duo Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb will hit the stage in Oswego Saturday, August 11 at 8 p.m. at Hall-Newman at 36 New Street.

The duo has just returned from their appearance as headline guests at the Annual Chet Atkins Convention in Nashville, and have been touring extensively throughout the USA as well as a spring 2012 tour of France and Germany.

Their style of guitar playing is largely built upon thumb-picking techniques pioneered by Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, and their music is influenced by bluegrass, jazz and country.

Local guitar maker and singer/songwriter Mark Wahl, Denise Knight, and Joanne Sherwood will be opening the show.

Jo Ann Sherwood, music director at the Hall-Newman, said, “This is going to be a fantastic show. These guys had a great reception last year and we are expecting another packed house this time round.”

Barrigar said, “We had a great time at Hall-Newman last year and are excited that we can fit in a return visit this summer.”

The pair recently performed on the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour TV show down in Kentucky. Following their debut self-titled album, “Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb,” and an overwhelmingly positive response in Nashville, the demand for the pair is rapidly increasing both nationally and internationally.

Mazengarb, an internationally recognized guitarist who hails from New Zealand and Loren, the youngest instrumentalist to ever appear on the Grand Ole Opry, were first brought together by the Australian Guitar sensation Tommy Emmanuel.

Tickets are available at the Hall-Newman Center event. Advance tickets may be bought at brownpapertickets.com.

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