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 4 – 6 Hallowell welcomes you to celebrate the craft of lutherie at the 3rd 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 3rd Annual Maine Luthiers Exhibition and Music Showcase is brought to you by the City of Hallowell, in partnership with The Harlow, Maine Craft Weekend and, 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, at the 3rd Annual Maine Luthiers Exhibition and Music Showcase, October 4 – 6. For more information visit! 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.


noun: luthier; plural noun: luthiers

a maker of stringed instruments such as violins or guitars.


late 19th century: from French, from luth ‘lute.’

Thank you for your interest–questions, comments please contact:

Nate Rudy
City Manager
City of Hallowell
1 Winthrop Street
Hallowell, ME 04347
Phone: 207-623-4021 Ext. 203
Fax: 207-621-8317