WATERVILLE – The first Knock on Wood Guitarfest at Colby College April 7 will feature some of the world’s most innovative and accomplished guitar players in performance and workshop settings.

The festival kicks off in Lorimer Chapel with a classical and flamenco program featuring world renowned Eliot Fisk and Paco Pena.

Several guitar players will conduct workshops at Colby’s Given Auditorium and the Museum of Art. Several Maine luthiers will also display and talk about their work at the Art Museum on April 16.

The festival culminates April 16 with a 7:30 p.m. start time for a concert at the Waterville Opera House. This concert will feature the first woman to win the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship, Muriel Anderson, who is also the show’s emcee.

Also featured will be G. E. Smith, former SNL music director and bandleader; Duke Robillard, blues and swing virtuoso; Ed Gerhard, slide and fingerstyle guitar guru; and Gordon Stone, master of all things banjo.

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