The 2nd Annual Maine Luthier Exhibition & Showcase

Oct 12-14 2018
Historic Downtown Hallowell
1 Winthrop St, Hallowell, ME 04347
Friday 5pm thru Sunday 9pm

Come say hello to WR Custom Guitars Luthier Bill Russo (me) at the show. I’ll be there for all the events.


Behind every guitar is a luthier. Never heard of one? A luthier is someone who makes or repairs stringed instruments. The name “luthier” originally came from lute making, but today includes makers of acoustic and electric guitars, banjos, violins, cellos, and basses.

On October 12 – 14 Hallowell welcomes you to celebrate the craft of lutherie at the Second Annual Maine Luthiers Exhibition and Music Showcase at central Maine’s “New Orleans on the Kennebec”, with a gallery exhibition of Maine made instruments, craft demonstrations, and great live performances at auditoriums, restaurants, and pubs in the most charming, and rocking, downtown north of Portland.

The Second Annual Maine Luthiers Exhibition and Music Showcase is brought to you by the City of Hallowell, in partnership with The Harlow Gallery and Maine Craft Weekend, and funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Join Hallowell in celebrating big sounds from “The Little Easy”, just a short drive from Portland. For more information visit

Weekend Passes

Those who purchase weekend passes will be showing their support for local music and Maine craft, and to thank you we are giving a FREE raffle ticket for the amazing NS Design WAV4 Radius bass and Yamaha REVSTAR RS502T electric guitar to the first 200 advance online purchases of weekend passes, PLUS drink specials for pass wearers at local restaurants and pubs.

VIP Pass purchasers will be invited to attend two special receptions featuring live music and food, and will receive a special gift from the City.

Friday night’s reception at City Hall includes a meet and greet with Ned Steinberger, our keynote speaker and an internationally recognized innovator in musical instrument design and construction. He is an incredible example of innovative intellectual property producer who lives and works in Maine, and is part of an international manufacturing network.

Saturday night’s reception at The Maine House will be a low key gathering with live music and light hors d’oeuvres.

Pass holders will have access to events in various locations around downtown Hallowell, but venue space is limited and early seating is recommended for all events and performances, including:

Friday Night Welcoming at Hallowell City Hall

Keynote Speaker: Ned Steinberger, internationally recognized stringed instrument design innovator, City Hall Auditorium, 6:30 PM, with VIP reception at 5:30. General seating starts at 6 PM.
Featured Performers:
Adam Frederick, bassist, NS Design Featured Endorser, City Hall Auditorium, 7:30 PM
The Katie Matzell Band, City Hall Auditorium, 8:00 PM
With Performances in Downtown Venues by:

Marcia Gallagher, Easy Street Lounge, 5 PM
Poulson, Sampson and Thibodeau, Hydeout at The Wharf, 5:30 PM
Brett Shain, Slates, 6:15 PM
The Scolded Dogs, The Maine House, 7 PM
The Boneheads, Hydeout at The Wharf, 9 PM
The Whitefields, Easy Street Lounge, 9 PM
Ellis Falls, Quarry Tap Room, 9:30 PM

Saturday: Music performances at Hallowell City Hall and in venues downtown
Featured Performers:

Mark Horn featuring banjo maker Jimmy Cox, City Hall Auditorium, 11 AM
Living Lime, City Hall Auditorium, 12 PM
Carl Tosten, Yamaha Featured Endorser, City Hall Auditorium, 1 PM and 3:30 PM
Boogie Mob, Quarry Tap Room, 1 PM, part of the Ian Parker Foundation fundraiser
Mes Amis, featuring luthiers WR Guitars, Patkus Guitars, and Harpley Slides, Joyce’s Restaurant, 2 PM
Maine Academy of Modern Music, City Hall Auditorium, 2:30 PM
Katie Daggett, The Maine House, 4 PM
Tiger Saw, City Hall Auditorium, 4 PM
Kenny Cox, Slates, 6:15 PM
The Awesome, Quarry Tap Room, 7 PM, part of the Ian Parker Foundation fundraiser
Robby and Maggie Coffin, The Maine House, 7 PM
Brian Smalley, Easy Street Lounge, 9 PM
Music and woodworking vendors and demonstrations including:

WR Custom Guitars, Harlow Gallery
Bourgeois Guitars, Hallowell City Hall
Kennebec Instrument and Amplifier, Hallowell City Hall
Carter Ruff, Luthier, Hallowell City Hall
Shelter Tool, Hallowell Bandstand (next to The Harlow Gallery)
And Featuring on the City Hall Auditorium Stage:

Yamaha Musical Instruments, Hallowell City Hall sponsored by Musicians First Choice, Western Avenue, Augusta, Maine

Sunday: Music performances at Hallowell City Hall and in venues downtown
Featured Performers:

Nick Apollonio, City Hall Auditorium, 10 AM
Steve Lynnworth Guitar Improvisation Workshop and Jam (in-tune guitars welcome!), City Hall Auditorium, 11 AM
Anna Schaab, Luthier and Violinist, City Hall Auditorium, 12 PM
Maine Singer / Songwriter Showcase, Hydeout at The Wharf, 12 – 5 PM – hosted by Christine Poulson with The Robby Coffin Combo with guest guitarist Tim Leighton
Ellen Gawler and Friends Contradance, City Hall Auditorium, 2 PM
Featuring youth performances by The Pineland Fiddlers starting at 12:30 PM
Denny Breau, The Harlow Gallery, 4 PM
The Cowboy Angels, The Liberal Cup, 5 PM
Electrocutie, Easy Street Lounge, 9 PM
Join our Luthier Jam at Hydeout at The Wharf on Sunday night 5:30 – 9 PM to hear Maine musicians playing Maine-made stringed instruments, or
Join our partner Johnson Hall as they welcome singer / songwriter Jonathan Edwards Sunday night 6 – 8:30 PM (tickets available at

All days Featuring:

Maine-Made Stringed Instrument Exhibition at The Harlow
Raffle drawings for great stringed instruments including a NS Design WAV4 Radius electric bass guitar and a Yamaha Revstar RS502 electric guitar

The Joys of being a Custom Luthier

For the past eight years I’ve been dedicated to building high quality steel string acoustic guitars, and making it possible for others to experience the complete building process in The Builder’s Workshop. The quest for the ultimate sound and playability is the driving force and passion at the center of every guitar built here. With this video I wanted to share the fulfillment I experience spending my days as a custom Luthier, and how much I enjoy the experience of working with people all across North America and having this part in creating the custom acoustic guitar of their dreams.