Eric Lugosch is one of the most creative heads of
the American acoustic guitar scene. Like his colleague Duck Baker ��� who is also one of his greatest fans ��� he very skillfully combines technical
know-how with musical expressiveness. Lugosch is a fellow who tinkers, who consistently seeks musical depth in his arrangements and whose artistic
concept is marked by both respect of tradition as well as uncompromising originality. His spectrum of color embraces the entire range of American
music, be that ragtime, blues, R&B or jazz. The hallmark of this American fingerstylist consists of an elegant, vigorous tone and a twinkling
humor while playing, that inevitably peers charmingly through his music.
Lugosch, who hails from Philadelphia, chalked up his first musical experience as a singer in the "Philadelphia Boys Choir," ��� an experience that continues
to echo in him to this day: "I began listening to music with an ear for the orchestral. Motifs and lines are still central elements in my way of
composing." At the age of twelve he started secretly practicing on his brother's guitar and delved into the pickings of Rev. Gary Davis and Mississippi
John Hurt "For me, it was solo guitar right from the start", Lugosch recalls. "I experimented a great deal, worked out lines, and was always on
the lookout for the orchestral sound of the instrument." He seems to have found it, even winning the 1984 "National Fingerpicking Championship."
Eric Lugosch lives in Evanston, Illinois, where he writes, teaches and continues developing his own personal vision of fingerstyle guitar beyond
Hundreds of performances over the years, including opening for: Taj Mahal, Doc Watson, John Prine, Leon Redbone and David Bromberg, as well as being
the featured act on many a stage across the country. He has also shared the bill with other great guitar players, bluegrass, folk, jazz, and blues
bands, and a myriad of collaborations with other top-notch musicians from around the globe.
His stellar playing, recordings and good humor have led to invitations to play around the world, including grand acclaim at the International Festival
of Guitarists Meeting in Sarzana, Italy, the Stamford International Guitar Festival in England, the Ullapool, Guitar Festival in Scotland and the
Merseyside Guitar Festival in Liverpool, doing concerts and workshops. His most recent tours have been to Tokyo, Hungary, Germany and Italy, all
wildly successful and great fun.
Eric is the 1984 National Fingerpicking Champion, winning over an incredibly talented field of players from around the globe. Other years he placed
3rd twice and 2nd once, was in the top five finalists every year he attended and was also a contest judge.
A new CD has just been released, on the Acoustic Music label, entitled "New Tradtion". "Lugosch strolls with his ragtime guitar into the home turfs
of folk, blues, pop and jazz shepherding contradictory impulses into harmonic bliss like a global musical peacekeeper" Justin Hayford, Chicago
Reader, May 9, 2004
Eric has five previous recordings.
1985 self-release "Strike", suite for guitar, flute and bass.
1989 self-release "I Wanna Know".
1994 Waterdog Records release "Making Models"
1997 Acoustic Music release "Black Key Blues", a well reviewed CD that brought Eric into the national spotlight.
1999 Acoustic Music release "Kind Heroes"
2004 Acoustic Music release "New Tradition"
2008 Self-released, "REVision", the Music of Gary Davis
Eric has taught at the famous Old Town School of Folk Music, in Chicago, for 14 years, classes and private lessons. He has also recently launched a
series of lessons with MP3s and tabulature on his website that is wildly successful with new and old students alike.
He previously taught at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, when he lived in Milwaukee, as well as hundreds of students privately over the years.
21 inch Brown Trout, Pennsylvania, August 31, 2003, on a 5x tippet. Caught and released.