The Byrds founder Roger McGuinn performs at Wingate University

Roger McGuinn
Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer

Wingate, N.C. – One of the musical innovators of the twelve-string guitar, Roger McGuinn, will perform his favorite folk songs on Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at The Batte Center at Wingate University. McGuinn, co-founder and former front man for the folk-rock band The Byrds, became famous for his hit renditions of Bob Dylan's Tambourine Man and Peter Seeger's Turn! Turn! Turn!

Jim McGuinn, later known as Roger, was already a veteran of the music scene when he co-founded the group that would become the Byrds with Gene Clark and David Crosby in 1964. McGuinn’s trademark 12-string Rickenbacker guitar “jingle, jangle” sound defined the new folk-rock sound. Columbia Records signed the Byrds a year later and the band recorded their first number one hit Mr. Tambourine Man.

McGuinn later decided to go solo and his solo career has generated 10 albums, one Grammy nomination and a lively touring schedule. His CD "Treasures from the Folk Den" included duets with Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Odetta, Jean Ritchie, Josh White Jr. and Frank and Mary Hamilton. The CD was nominated for a Grammy in 2002 in the category of "Best Traditional Folk Album."

Tickets are $35 and on sale via the Batte Center box office,, and the CarolinaTix phone room and website. For a complete schedule of events, ticket prices, as well as membership information call 704-233-8300.

Opened in 1999, the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center presents events in the McGee Theatre, Plyler-Griffin Recital Hall and Austin Auditorium. Located just a short, 5 minute drive from Monroe, The Batte is just two blocks off of Highway 74 and 30 miles east of Charlotte. Free parking is plentiful and all three performance spaces offer full wheelchair accessibility.

About Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 2,500 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past five years. For more information, go to