Folk Guitar with Mike Fekete at Mentor Library

Mentor native visited Mike Fekete discussed and demonstrated American Folk Guitar music Monday evening at Mentor Library.

He talked about his influences—from John Fahey to Leo Kottke—and how he was able to work on some of the same Imagionational Anthem compilations as his heroes.

He also explained the differences between the subgenres of folk guitar like American Rural Guitar, American Primitive Guitar and Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar. (In short, American Primitive, which is Fekete’s style, blends the reach of contemporary classical with the roots of country blues.)

Most importantly, he brought his guitar so he could play the music he loved. He performed 15 songs including genre classics like Fahey’s Poor Boy, spirituals like “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord” and original compositions. (To hear Fekete play, watch our video from his program.)

If you love music, Mentor Library is hosting a pair of concerts in July. On Wednesday, July 15, the Travelin’ Man Band will perform a free show at our Headlands Branch.

Then, on Wednesday, July 29, folk duo Simple Gifts will perform at our Read House. Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon play 12 different instruments between the two of them and perform everything from Irish jigs and American reels to Gypsy melodies and Balkan dance music.

Both shows are free and begin at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on Fekete and his music, visit his Facebook page.

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