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Wayne Henderson to perform benefit concert

October 29th, 2013 10:43 am by Leslie Grace, community contributor

Wayne Henderson to perform benefit concert

Wayne Henderson performs benefit concert in Abingdon, Va.

Wayne Henderson and Helen White will a perform a benefit concert, Nov. 17 at 2:30 p.m., to benefit the Washington County Public Library Foundation.

The concert is in the Virginia Ballroom, 300 Senior Drive, Abingdon, Va. Only 150 tickets will be sold; tickets are $50 each and are available at all library branches and at Greer Jewelers.
Proceeds support the library foundation’s building fund.

Tickets may be purchased with a credit card by calling Dianne Lester at 276-676-6383.

Henderson’s top-notch finger-picking has been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian, in three national tours of Masters of the Steel-String Guitar and in seven Asian nations. He has won more than 300 ribbons at fiddlers' conventions.

In addition to his reputation as a guitarist, Henderson is a luthier of great renown. He is a recipient of a National Heritage Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. He produces about 20 instruments a year, mostly guitars; he is almost as well-known for the mandolins he has made. Good friend Doc Watson owned a Henderson mandolin. He said, “That Henderson mandolin is as good as any I’ve had my hands on. And that’s saying a lot, because I’ve picked up some good ones.”

Some of Henderson’s instruments are intricately decorated but are most respected for their volume, tone and resonance.

Blues guitarist John Cephas said that Wayne Henderson “is probably the most masterful guitar maker in this whole United States.” There is a waiting list for Henderson’s guitars made up of the famous (and not-so-famous).

Above and beyond his great talents as a musician and luthier, Wayne Henderson is known as a “friend to everyone” and shares his talents and knowledge unselfishly, as he demonstrates by performing for this benefit concert.

For more information about the library, visit or call 276-676-6222. The Washington County Public Library is located at 205 Oak Hill St., Abingdon, Va. Its four branches are located in Damascus, Glade Spring, Hayters Gap and Mendota.

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