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Guitar history for a song

Randall Ferguson will play music and talk guitar history June 12.

Randall Ferguson has a guitar that dates back to 1785. He likes to wonder who else played on it and who they might have played it for.

"It's neat to neat to think about it," said Ferguson.

Ferguson will share his fascination as part of a performance at 7 p.m. June 12 at Rosemount United Methodist Church. A classical guitarist and instrument collector, Ferguson will perform a repertoire representing the history of the guitars.

In part recital, part lecture. Ferguson will take his audience through an evolution of the guitar, its design and music. Using his collection of antique and modern instruments, Ferguson's performance will span 500 years of music.

Throughout his performance Ferguson will use 12 to 15 instruments. Ferguson owns guitars that date from 1785, 1830, 1855, 1900 and the present.

A guitarist for nearly 50 years, Ferguson has always had an interest in music and its history. In the 1970s he spent time in Spain learning from guitar makers and musicians. At that time he purchased his first Flamenco guitar, which he still performs on.

As part of his June 12 performance he will also perform on several banjos he has collected.

"The banjo gets a bad rap," said Ferguson. However, he said it's a much more interesting instrument than most give it credit for.

Ferguson is a teacher in Farmington but performs for churches and libraries often. He said he enjoys sharing history and music with his audiences.

"It will be fun," said Ferguson of his Rosemount performance.

The concert is part of the Rosemount United Methodist summer concert series. There's no admission charge, but a free will offering will be taken. For more information visit

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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