One guitar. One week. One song.

That’s the tagline of the Acoustic Guitar Project, an international songwriting project that originated in New York City and has spread around the world. In each city, a guitar circulates from songwriter to songwriter, and each person has one week to write a song on that guitar and capture it on a portable recorder.

Projects are underway in more than 40 cities, from Buenos Aires to Boston, Havana to Hanoi, Minneapolis to Moscow, and São Paulo to Syracuse.

The project began in Syracuse in 2014, curated by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, with a guitar handmade in Maryland by Minor Bird Instruments. To date, 28 songwriters from Central New York have written songs on the Minor Bird.

Listen to their songs.


John McConnell
Jane Zell
Mark Hoffmann
Andrew Ruddy and Monique Ritter
Stephen Douglas Wolfe

Mark your calendars for the annual project concert:
Friday, November 3, 2017, at the Folkus Project, Syracuse, NY


Gina Holsopple
Jon Peterson
Mike Powell
Donna Colton and Sam Patterelli
Bob Halligan Jr.


Eddie Zacholl
Kim Monroe and Chris Eves
Jeff Jones
Joe Driscoll
Donna Dennihy


Gary Frenay
Arty Lenin
John Cadley
Ashley Cox
Dana “Short Order” Cooke
Colin Aberdeen
Colleen Kattau
Tim Burns
Wendy Ramsay
Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers