Callaway, MD – The 5th Annual Guitar Festival by Power Jam Music Alliance Inc. will be held on March 11th with an afternoon Guitar Workshop and evening Guitar Concert and Art Show. The headliner for the festival is Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer. They’ve earned two GRAMMY® Awards and an additional 11 GRAMMY® nominations. The featured performances are by local guitar artists Longman Joseph Norris, and Dylan Galvin. The opening acts are Jessica St. Claire, David Flood, Josh Riley and Brandon Aksteter. This article is about David Flood, a long time resident of St Mary’s County and well-known local guitarist. (see www.pjma.info for more details)
David Flood grew up just outside of Annapolis, on the southern shore of the South River. His mother was a trained singer; she was a student at Julliard School of Music at the age of 16. She later moved to New York City and was part of a jazz quartet of singers called the Four Delovelies. This lasted for several years before she returned to the Annapolis area and married; having 5 children over a 5 year period: 3 boys and 2 girls. David was the middle child—being born 10 minutes before his twin. They all learned to love singing and were a part of school and church choirs well into their teens. They got together with neighborhood kids and sang Christmas carols going door to door.
David started playing guitar when he was about 19 and focused on learning songs that he liked—lots of Neil Young and The Grateful Dead; then songs by James Taylor, The Eagles, John Prine, Tom Waits and Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Early on he realized that most songs were rather simple and he could write his own. So he sold his stereo and albums, moved to a house in the woods of Davidsonville and focused on writing songs and learning how to play the guitar more fluently while he sang. Self-taught he learned how to play some basic piano chords and riffs during this time.
After a while he realized that he had learned about as much of the basics of music on his own and needed to find a teacher or school to study guitar and music in general. At the age of 25, in 1980, he was accepted by Saint Mary’s College (SMC ) in the music program with a study as Voice Major, as long as he took some basic music appreciation classes and basic music theory classes. He was a Voice Major for 2 years and then realized that he did not want to bank on music for a good future, so he switched to an English Major; which led to getting him teaching certification and being hired as a classroom English teacher in at Leonardtown High School.
He met his wife Mary while attending SMC and she was hired as a singer right away. Mary has the ability to turn a regular pop type song into a more jazzy feel by harmonizing using 4ths and 6ths. She still gigs with him off and on, but he is more driven to play—if only to focus on being more aware and understanding of himself and others; music is the great communicator.
He plays acoustic guitar and generally finger style. He has been writing songs for over 40 years and presently has 2 CD’s of original songs/music: “First To Hit Ground” and “Circlin’ The Drain”. He will be playing songs from these CD’s at the Guitar Festival. The CD’s will be available at the Guitar Festival, Guitar Concert.
He has played with several bands in this area: Crisis Maintenance (bass/guitar duo), Ain’t The Same (Folk, Rock and Jazz—4 piece band: 2rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass and drums), The Idgits (Soft Rock group with guitar, bass and drums), Three Amigos (3 piece group—guitar, bass and drums), and the Acoustic Duo of Mary and David Flood playing Folk, Rock, Blues, with a taste of Jazz (FRUZ).
His favorite guitars are Taylor Guitars and he has a few. He generally plays his Taylor 714bce (Brazilian Rosewood/Western Red Cedar) or his Taylor K20 (Sitka top/Koa Back & Sides), each have a character and sound of their own. It is not uncommon for him to book a 4 hour gig and play for the entire 4 hours with no real break. He loves to play and sing songs!
David Flood will be opening for the headliner Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer sharing his +40 years of love of the guitar. Come with your guitar at 2 PM to 4 PM for the Guitar Workshop with Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer and stay around for the Guitar Concert and Art Show at 7 PM to 11 PM. All ages are welcome. The festival will be held at the 5 South Event Center, 21030 Point Lookout Road, Callaway, Maryland 20620. The festival is sponsored by the Maryland State Arts Council and the St. Mary’s County Arts Council. For further information, go to www.PJMA.info or call 240-925-8659.