SATURDAY, JULY 27 • 4:15

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“Makes a case for creativity, community and the magic of old ways.”
The Globe and Mail

“A gentle, warm, immensely satisfying portrait.”
Rolling Stone

From the reclaimed “bones of the city”, aka centuries-old Adirondack pine that built old New York, woodworker Rick Kelly has been crafting original guitars since the late 1970s at Carmine Street Guitars in Greenwich Village, instruments which have been revered and strummed by aficionados like Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Jim Jarmusch, Bill Frisell, “Captain” Kirk Douglas and Charlie Sexton, to name a few. Step back in time when NYC’s Greenwich Village was the center of bohemia. Carmine Street Guitars isn’t a chain or a franchise. Like so many small businesses on main streets across America, it’s a place that takes pride in its work and adds immeasurable character to the neighborhood it calls home. See the film that captures five days in the life of Rick Kelly’s shop. Director Ron Mann (US 2019) 80 min.


Since 1974 Tom has been building and repairing guitars and basses in the San Francisco bay area. He has built a reputation for creating instruments that perfectly suit his clients’ needs. Tom hopes to give a part of himself to every instrument he builds.

Born in Brookyln, New York Tom attended NYU Syracuse University Newhouse School of communications and earned a BFA in Music and a BA in communications. He relocated to San Francisco in the early 70’s and opened his first lutherie shop in the Mission district. After ten years, and thousands of repairs and custom builds for clients, he closed the storefront in order to concentrate on Commission building.

Tom served 10 years with the Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans (ASIA) and as President of the board of directors. His instruments have been featured in the Scott Chinery Blue Guitar Collection for the Smithsonian and in the Boston Museum.

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