Dick Weissman, Miguel Espinoza, and Martin Gilmore
Denver Guitar Summit featuring

Dick Weissman

Miguel Espinoza, Martin Gilmore

Swallow Hill Music - Tuft TheatreDenverCO
All Ages
Doors at 7:00pm, Show at 8:00pm. All sales are final.

Dick Weissman

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Dick Weissman was born in Philadelphia, where he began piano lessons at the age of seven. His musical career was interrupted by a teenage career as a semi-professional ping pong player. Following the advice in Pete Seeger's banjo book, Dick bought a five string banjo at a pawn shop in the skid row section of town, abandoning it when he couldn't figure out how to tune it without breaking strings. While attending Goddard College in Vermont, Dick met Lil Blos, who offered to teach him how to play the banjo. At about the same time Dick won a guitar in payment of a gambling debt that was part of his ping pong expertise.

Spending his junior year in New York and New Mexico, Dick met the gospel blues guitarist Gary Davis in New York, and had the great experience of sitting in on a number of occasions with Gary at the house of Tiny Ledbetter, Leadbelly's niece. Dick studied with guitarist Jerry Silverman during this New York sojourn, and met the superb banjoist Stu Jamieson in Albuquerque.

After graduating from college, Dick moved to New York, and spent the next four years alternating between attending graduate school and becoming active in the folk music scene in Greenwich Village. Eventually he dropped out of Columbia, performed with Happy Traum, did a two week gig at Folk City opening for Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry, and with John Phillips and Scott McKenzie formed the folk-pop band The Journeymen. Three and a half years, three Capitol albums and several hundred concerts later, Dick moved back to New York and became a studio musician, record producer and songwriter.

In 1972 he moved to Colorado, got a music degree, wrote numerous instructional books for banjo and guitar, and performed widely. This evolved into a writing career, co-authoring the award-winning Folk Music Sourcebook and writing the best-selling The Music Business: Career Opportunities & Self Defense. At the same time Dick taught at the late Colorado Women's College, later getting an MA from the University of Oklahoma, and working for NARAS as their National Educational Coordinator in Los Angeles in 1987. Moving back to Colorado, Dick became a tenured professor in the Music & Entertainment Industry program at the University of Colorado at Denver. While in Colorado he wrote a number of other instructional folios, two feature film scores, and he focused on performing and recording original instrumental music.

In 2002 Dick and his wife Susan Planalp moved to Oregon, and they live in Portland, where Dick continues to perform, record, and to teach seminars and workshops. To date Dick has written 15 published books on music and the music business, is featured on six instrumental CDs, and has written over fifty instructional folios for various music publishers.

Miguel Espinoza

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Miguel Espinoza has had a lifelong love affair with flamenco. A child prodigy who started honing his technique since the age of four—and performed his first recital at age nine on PBS—Espinoza is hailed as one of the best flamenco guitarists in the world. Described by Guitar Player Magazine as "mesmerizing," Espinoza is much more than a virtuosic technician. Whether his lightning-fast fingers are skittering across the fretboard, fluttering over the sound hole like percussive hummingbird wings or skillfully drawing achingly beautiful melodies out of the strings, Espinoza's award-winning compositions create an exotic, intoxicating musical elixir of flamenco fusion--one that is as sonically exciting as it is emotionally moving.

After moving to Spain to apprentice with numerous flamenco masters, he was embraced by the gypsy community and eventually earned the title "maestro" himself. Espinoza toured with flamenco dance troupes, including Maria Benitez, throughout Europe and the U.S. Following years of refining his art on his own, Espinoza went on to study advanced harmony with guitarists Wayne Sturdy and Dale Bruning.

As a young boy visiting a tiny Mayan village with his mother, Espinoza was approached by an aging shaman and given the name "curandero" (healer). Two decades later, it was the name he chose for his flamenco fusion project.

Joining Miguel will be Cellist Dianne Betkowski, who brings with her acclaimed classical music experiences, having performed in the Utah, St. Louis, and Honolulu Symphony orchestras. She is the founder and former director of Denver Eclectic Concerts.

Martin Gilmore

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Martin Gilmore is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, mandolinist and recording artist from Denver, Colorado. He often plays solo or with his trio, featuring Nick Amodeo and Ian Haegele. As a folk, bluegrass and country musician his roots influenced style is sure to please fans of artists such as Tim O’Brien , Hank Williams Sr. and James Taylor.

Martin is a founding member of the bluegrass band Long Road Home, winner of the 2006 Rockygrass band competition. Long Road Home has recorded two albums. Members of Long Road Home have included Grammy winning bassist Gene Libbea, 2016 National Mandolin Champion Jordan Ramsey, and Hot Rize banjoist Pete Wernick. Long Road Home has toured both nationally and internationally.

Martin has recorded two studio albums including the self-titled album Martin Gilmore (2008) and a collaboration recorded in Cairo, Egypt (where he lived for two years) with oudist Eslam Elabaty titled East West (2017). He has played shows in Ireland, Egypt, Cyprus, Canada and the United States. He has opened for artists such as The Infamous Stringdusters, Tim O’Brien, Stephen Stills and Judy Collins.

Martin is on faculty at Swallow Hill Music Association in Denver, Colorado where he teaches ensemble classes, guitar, mandolin and songwriting. He is also the instructor of bluegrass guitar, and director of the Bluegrass Chamber Ensemble at the University of Northern Colorado in their new Folk and Bluegrass Studies program.

Venue Information:
Swallow Hill Music - Tuft Theatre
71 East Yale Ave
Denver, CO, 80210