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Music Events
March 31, 2017


7-8 pm
Donations Appreciated
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Wyatt Espalin & Trees Leave

Entertaining audiences in his hometown of Hiawassee, Georgia as early as age eight, Wyatt’s passion for music was obvious, even from the barn room stage built by his grandfather. He and his brother Matt were known as “The Fiddling Brothers.” While Matt hung up his fiddle and bow after high school, Wyatt was just getting started. Armed with a guitar and a desire to write songs, he paired with friends to form the group, Trees Leave. Combining their own twist on traditional bluegrass roots music led to a unique sound. Now with years of touring under their belts and two successful albums, Run (2008) and The Gospel of Hurt (2010).

Wyatt also performers solo and won the New Song Songwriting competition at the acclaimed L.E.A.F. festival in 2014. He also placed as a finalist in the Chris Austin Songwriting competition at Merlefest, the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriting Competition and Eddie’s Attic Open Mic Shootout.

Performing solo or traveling with a revolving set of talented musicians as Trees Leave, Wyatt Espalin has found a way to continue writing and performing these songs that have longed to be free.


April 14, 2017


7-8 p.m.
Donations Appreciated
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Fletcher Bright & The Dismembered Tennesseans

The Dismembered Tennesseans have appeared on stage with many of the top country music stars and performed in concert with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra and the Chattanooga Boys Choir, and more recently the Chattanooga Ballet. They have appeared on a segment of ABC-TV's Peter Jennings Nightly News and were featured on the NBC Sunday Today Show. Their audiences have been composed of such celebrities as Chuck Yeager, Sam Nunn, Gerald Ford, Jack Kemp, and three Tennessee governors. Easily one of the most popular bands in hometown Chattanooga, they have made their mark singing country music for people who don't particularly like country music.


April 21, 2017


7-8 pm
Donations Appreciated
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Bean Sidhe

Bean Sidhe (pronounced: ban-shee) began as a means for members to explore the connections linking traditional music from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales with its contemporary American counterparts, especially in the bluegrass, country, and folk genres.

The band currently has four members: David Russell, guitar, banjo, Irish bouzouki, and mandolin; Amanda Burts plays recorder and accordion; Ralph Murphy, who is a classically trained baritone, sings, plays bodhran (Irish drum) and guitar; and rounding out the group is Karin Lyle, a professional musician from Waynesville, plays harp and violin.

May 5, 2017


7-8 pm
Donations Appreciated
Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Steve and Penny Kilby

Steve Kilby started playing guitar as a youngster to back up his fiddling grandfather at square dances and house parties in Wilkes County, NC. In the past 30 years he has won numerous ribbons including six championships at Fiddlers Grove and two first place ribbons at the famous Galax, VA Fiddlers Convention. In 1979 he was named North Carolina State Guitar Champion.

Steve will be accompanied by his wife Penny on rhythm guitar.



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