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Impact Story:

Susquehanna Folk Brings Guitar

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“People who just live and breathe guitar were able to have a conversation with some of the biggest names in the guitar world.”

Jess Hayden, Executive Director of the Susquehanna Folk Music Society

While we might be shifting back to more in-person events, there have been undeniable benefits to the plethora of virtual programming that was created this year.  The Susquehanna Folk Music Society (SFMS) recently presented “Guitar Summit”, bringing together 3 world-famous guitarists John Doyel, Happy Trum and Chris Eldridge who not only played music together, but ended up creating an impromptu niche community of guitar enthusiasts from around the country as well as internationally.  Without the pressure of having to simply entertain a huge audience, they could get down to the details: favorite guitar picks, capos, brands; and the energy between them was palpable, even through a screen.  The chat during the event came alive with musicians not only interacting and asking questions of the performers, but also sharing about their own experiences with each other and asking for advice on musical problems.  “People who just live and breathe guitar were able to have a conversation with some of the biggest names in the guitar world” says Jess Hayden of the event.  By the end of the season, SFMS had the biggest membership they have ever had in their history, including a host of new international viewers.  While they were thrilled to bring back the annual in-person festival, with successes like these,  a mixed-format of elements seems to be here to stay.

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