Guitarists Ken Bonfield and Steve Davison will lead a special tour of the world of American fingerstyle guitar in a concert billed as the "Artistry of the Guitar" at Cape Ann Community Cinema on Friday.
The 8 p.m. show will feature country blues, ragtime and folk, traditional Celtic, jazz and classical pieces in an intimate cafe-style setting, appealing to fingerstyle guitar aficionados and newcomers alike.
Bonfield, a Gloucester resident who has toured nationally since 1994, has been called "one of the best guitarists recording today" by Wind & Wire. Davison, who released his debut "White River Suite" last year, has toured around the country with Bonfield since 2009.
Bonfield will perform new music on his Carruth Harp Guitar, a one-of-a-kind instrument that in addition to a guitar's standard six strings includes five extra sub-bass strings which increase the range of the guitar from the lowest note on a bass guitar to the highest notes of the violin.
Davison will be featuring new material on 12-string guitar. Once ubiquitous, the 12-string guitar has become a rarity on today's acoustic stages. Davison is among the most accomplished composers for the instrument.
The cinema is at 21 Main St. in Gloucester. Tickets are $15, $12.50 for members. Call 978-309-8448 for more information.
The duo will also share their almost 80 years of combined playing experience in a one-hour workshop at Gloucester Music at 210 Main St. on Saturday at 11 a.m.
The workshop is called "Guitar 101: Basics every guitarist should know." The workshop is suited for all skill levels, and will include enough time for a question-and-answer session.
Advanced tickets for the concert can be purchased at http://capeanncinema.wordpress.com/advance-tickets/, and a workshop seat can be reserved by calling Gloucester Music at 978-281-4874.