2018 – 2019 Concerts & Events

East Coast Guitar Expo

Time & Place
September 29 – 30, 2018 (Sat – Sun)
700 Conference Center Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Guitar Expo $10/day
Guitar Expo & Concert $15
Concert Only $15

Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music is helping sponsor the East Coast Guitar Festival, which will take place September 29 & 30, 2018 at the Chesapeake Conference Center. The expo will feature over 30 vendors and Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music will present Master Guitar builder Wayne Henderson in concert Saturday night opened by Acredale.

Sat, Sep 29th 10am – 6pm Guitar Expo
  7pm (6:15 seating) Wayne Henderson Concert
      opened by Acredale
Sun, Sep 30th 10am – 4pm Guitar Expo

Wayne Henderson

Wayne Henderson


Wayne Henderson’s top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia. His guitar playing has also been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of Masters of the Steel-String Guitar, and in seven nations in Asia.

In addition to his reputation as a guitarist, Henderson is a luthier of great renown. He is a recipient of a 1995 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.

The Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition was established in 1995 to express appreciation for this living legend. A portion of the proceeds from the Festival are placed into a scholarship fund to aid local young musicians in continuing their educations. Through the 2016 festival, scholarships totaled more than $160,500.




Acredale is Brent Gable, Michael Munden, and Coleman Senecal. Brent and Michael met in the early 80s at a 24-hour music marathon for charity and their pathways have crossed ever since. Their first group was the band Just Plain Folk, was formed in the mid-80s. They played coffee houses and venues up and down the east coast.

Together as a duo or in several other bands these two have performed on many stages. One of their bands, Sea Aira, put out a fine cd that was highly reviewed, received local airplay, and they even won a major talent competition. They have opened for the likes of David Wilcox, Iris Dement and America.

Brent Gable started playing the guitar and singing in his early teens and began writing songs soon after. He gravitates towards songs that tell a story or take you for a ride. He is an accomplished fingerstyle player and has a particular fondness for country blues and folk music.

Michael Munden can play practically anything with strings and has also been a musician since his teens. Mike is known for his tasteful mandolin, banjo, and pedal steel work. Brent likes to say he is the glue that holds it all together.

Coleman Senecal is Brent’s daughter. She has been around acoustic music her entire life and started playing fiddle and singing at an early age. She graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College with a major in Music Performance.

Now the three have come together to form the talented trio Acredale? Mostly original tunes with a few classics they just can’t seem to get out of their heads. Acredale is a pleasure to see in performance. Their upcoming opening act performance with the Steel Wheels is going to make everyone sit-up and take notice.