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Martin Artists

Meet our Martin Artists at one of our many Martin Experience events held at authorized dealers throughout the U.S.

Our Martin Artists will guide you through 181 years of rich music tradition, steeped in Martin culture and craftsmanship. These not-to-be-missed events offer unique Q&A opportunities and demonstrations, plus you're sure to be treated to intimate in-store performances by these talented artists.

Diane Ponzio

Native New Yorker and Singer-Songwriter Diane Ponzio shares her authentic passion for Martin Guitars in her clinics. Weaving the riveting Martin Story with an in-depth explanation of Martin's renowned construction methods, she tops off the evening with a soulful performance on her signature JDP or JDP II model, and a Q&A session that rarely finds her stumped. Diane's longstanding relationship with C.F. Martin & Co. and her participation in scores of Trade Shows and inspiring presentations worldwide, have made her Martin's well recognized global ambassador. Diane's story, concert schedule, and the details of her discography can be found her website.

Website: www.dianeponzio.com

Craig Thatcher

Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Craig Thatcher has been entertaining audiences with his exciting brand of blues/rock music for over 35 years. He’s been a featured performer at Bethlehem’s Musikfest for many years and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and most recently in the Far East, performing mainly in theatres and outdoor festivals. Craig has led his own band since 1993 and is also the guitarist for Simone, daughter of jazz legend Nina Simone. Craig has released five CDs under his own name.

While best known for his blistering electric blues style, Craig also has a well-earned reputation as an outstanding acoustic guitarist, having won many regional awards in that category. He is the Martin Guitar Company’s "on-call" artist, performing at Company functions throughout the year. Craig has opened for many international touring artists including Derek Trucks, John Hammond, Buddy Guy, Robin Trower, Kim Simmonds, Chris Smither, Jonny Lang, Jorma Kaukonen and others.

Website: www.craigthatcher.com

Corey Congilio

Since picking up the guitar at age thirteen, Corey Congilio has been steadily forming a solid musical foundation built upon honesty, integrity and respect for his art form. Born and raised in Phillipsburg New Jersey, Corey was exposed to music from his father, mother and guitar playing uncles. This exposure to music of all types at an early age, helped to lay a foundation of passion, versatility and appreciation of what music is, where it comes from, and what it should be.

Realizing at an early age that music and the guitar would be his life’s focus, Corey moved to Pittsburgh, PA to attend the Art Institute Of Pittsburgh. There, Corey studied audio engineering but, didn’t get into music production officially until a few years after graduation. In the late 1990’s Pittsburgh had a vibrant music scene rich with blues, RnB, and original Rock. Corey shot up through the ranks by hanging out with the city’s best players who helped in honing his skills and overall musical maturity.

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Website: coreycongilio.com

 

Lindsay Ell

Starting on piano at six, guitar at eight and singing in her church youth group at 10, Lindsay was discovered at 13 by BTO and The Guess Who's Randy Bachman. "Randy learned guitar from master jazz guitarist Lenny Breau, so I dove head-first into this world of blues, jazz and rock guitar – learning all these different solos, switching radio stations and trying to get an idea of where all those techniques come from. I was listening to Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Clapton, Derek Trucks and all those incredible guitar players who are now my heroes."

Over a decade that included an opening slot with blues icon Buddy Guy, Ell worked with other producers, often in Los Angeles, but nothing connected. Her first songwriting trip to Nashville was the catalyst that brought her early affinity for country full-circle. "When I got here, it was like I was home," she says. "And I finally fell back into my roots. As a guitar player, I’m so thankful for Randy, because he’s given me a vocabulary I never would have had had I just stayed in country. But coming to Nashville brought me back to who I am and who I'm meant to be."

"I told myself that I never wanted to release something to radio until I was ready, the music was really me and I had the right team around me. And I feel like I've satisfied all of that, finally. Going out on a radio tour and having the chance to share my music and show people how ready I am is the most exciting step I've made yet."

Website: www.lindsayell.com

Shaun Hopper

Acoustic “fingerstyle” guitar wizard Shaun Hopper is at first glance an unassuming presence, a true southern gentleman whose humility stands in stark contrast to the prodigious talents he unveils on stage. Merging complex melodies, harmonies and bass lines along with a one-of-a-kind mix of percussive elements, he captivates everyone within earshot. A true virtuoso, Hopper's original compositions and arrangements of pop tunes are infused with all the
cutting edge techniques and flavorings you'd expect in the new breed of You-Tube sensations, including players like Adam Rafferty, Andy McKee and Don Ross. Yet, it is his traditional and schooled "approach" to music which keeps him unquestionably steeped in, and inspired by, the greats. Influences include guitar legends; Chet Atkins, Andres Segovia, Tommy Emmanuel, George Benson, Michael Hedges, Martin Taylor, Buster B. Jones, Pete Huttlinger and Leo Kottke, just to name a few. All of this inspiration culminates into a "signature style" which crosses over the full range of musical genres; Alternative, Folk, Classical, Celtic, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Country, New Age and a one-of-a kind percussive style which defies description.

Shaun's stagecraft is equally impressive and engaging. Moving thematically through his performance, Shaun takes his audience on a tour from Celtic imagery and Classical medley to soulful ballads and jazzy improvs, all of which he'll counter punch with a Nashville "hot licks" session, neck-popping original or 70's pop song.

Website: www.shaunhopper.com

Richard Starkey

Richard has been actively involved with stringed instrument making and repair for more than 25 years. His clinic includes a historical overview of the Martin Guitar Company throughout its 175 year lifetime, a video tour of the Martin plant in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and plenty of the acoustic guitar picking and singing in a wide range of styles that he has mastered. A relaxed and informal entertainer, Starkey is capable of answering just about any question posed on the history, construction and sound of the "C.F. Martin" guitar. Clinic attendees are welcome to bring a favorite Martin guitar for a free check up (time permitting), and admission is free.

George Sabolick

Richard has been actively involved with stringed instrument making and repair for more than 25 years. His clinic includes a historical overview of the Martin Guitar Company throughout its 175 year lifetime, a video tour of the Martin plant in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and plenty of the acoustic guitar picking and singing in a wide range of styles that he has mastered. A relaxed and informal entertainer, Starkey is capable of answering just about any question posed on the history, construction and sound of the "C.F. Martin" guitar. Clinic attendees are welcome to bring a favorite Martin guitar for a free check up (time permitting), and admission is free.

Fingerstyle Guitarist George has a love for fingerstyle guitar music, being influenced by Chet Akins, Laurence Juber and many others. George has been pickin' for 41 years growing up on the Beatles, Byrds, CSNY and anything that would come his way. George has a passion to involve himself in a world of fingerstyle guitar enthusiasts. George is a Martin clinician and has also produced and played on 9 CDs. He also publishes music for his company, Cedar Top Publishing.

Website: www.gsabolick.com

 
 
 
 
 
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