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Music Events
June 5, 2015

Time:
Admission:

7-8 pm
Free Admission : Donations Welcome!
Location:  Festival Barn


Brasstown Morris Dancers & their Fabulous Morris Band Perform

The Brasstown Morris Dancers is comprised of three individual teams, known as "sides" who perform traditional English morris dances with an American flavor. The group includes a large and wonderful dance band with accordions, fiddles, drums, recorder, bass and guitar. All performers are members of the local community in the Brasstown area. Many work at the folk school and Murphy Medical Center.

The three groups include Rural Felicity Garland Dancers, a women's side who have been dancing continuously at the folk school since 1983 , Sticks in the Mud Border Morris a mixed side of men and women since 1996, and Dames Rocket Northwest Clog Morris a women's side founded in 2005.

The groups all wear colorful costumes which include sticks, bells, floral decorated garlands, hankies,rag coats, blue face, and wooden soled clogs. The dance style has been passed down for many centuries in England and was often performed outdoors in the streets of village centers ( near a pub) to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Brasstown Morris Dancers are always present for Fall Festival, Christmas, New Years Eve, and May Day Saturday at the folk school. They have traveled to man other locations to dance at Morris Ales and festivals in New England, the Southeast and the Midwest, and have made four trips to Great Britain to dance with real English Morris sides. Last year they danced in Kenliworth near Stratford upon Avon as the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay passed through the town.

The group promotes the folk school wherever they go. Team leaders include Folk School Resident Artists Nanette Davidson and Martha Owen and band members include Bob Dalsemer, former Music & Dance Co-ordinator, and Folk School director Jan Davidson.


June 11, 2015

Time:
Admission:

7:00 pm
Free Admission.
Donations Welcome!
Location:  Community Room, Keith House


Guy & Sherrie George

SPECIAL THURSDAY NIGHT CONCERT!

Guy George, from Cleveland, Ohio, is a rhythmic, melodic hammered dulcimer player with a definite jazz influence to his playing style. Guy comes from a background in jazz and performance on the saxophone, having studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston; honing his skills playing with many jazz influenced musicians in the Boston and New York area. He has settled outside Cleveland, Ohio and presently plays hammered dulcimer, tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, flute, steel drum and keyboard.

Sharrie George studied music at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and has been involved with music and worship at churches in Ohio since 1980. She plays guitar, ukulele, mountain dulcimer, bass, banjo, and sings.

Guy and Sherrie tour throughout the United States and write and produce instructional books for hammered dulcimer, steel drum, pennywhistle, and other instruments. They also travel as instructors for these instruments and perform at various venues around the country. They have one CD they have produced together, "Dream Castle."

http://www.guygeorge.com


June 19, 2015

Time:
Admission:

7-8 pm
Admission Free, Donations Appreciated.
Location:  Festival Barn


Kelley Family

The Kelley Family is a multi-award winning family group of siblings, ages 23 to 9, who blend tight harmony with acoustic instrumentation of the banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and bass. They are three time Georgia-Carolina Talent Competition winners, and their 15 year old fiddle player placed 2nd in the Georgia State Fiddle Championship.

Rooted in the deep south of Appling, Georgia, there is a warmth and realness to this family, where hospitality and family is a way of life and evident in the songs they write and play.

https://www.facebook.com/KelleyFamilyBand


June 26, 2015

Time:
Admission:

7:00 p.m.
Free admission.
Donations appreciated.
Location:  Festival Barn


Steve Hickman & John Devine

Steve Hickman and John Devine are well-known performers from King George, Virginia and Berkely Springs, West Virginia respectively who have served as staff musicians for a number of Folk School music and dance programs over the years. Steve Hickman has toured with numerous bands singing and playing fiddle and harmonica for more than twenty years. He is especially well-known for his mastery of the art of “hambone” or body percussion. John Devine specializes in contemporary folk songs as well as standards from the 1930’s and 1940’s. Together, Hickman and Devine play a wide variety of country, folk, bluegrass, Irish, swing and traditional old time music.


July 3, 2015

Time:
Admission:

7-8 pm
Free Admission, Donations appreciated.
Location:  Festival Barn


Chuck Nation Band

The Chuck Nation Band is a bluegrass/acoustic music band based in North Georgia that has performed over 400 shows since 2010, completed their second tour of Ireland in 2014 covering sixteen cities, and will debut in New York City at Carnegie Hall in May 2015.

Whether it’s old favorites, modern songs, or original material, The Chuck Nation Band delivers professional grade, lively music that engages and entertains an audience from the moment they take the stage until the rousing applause at the end of the show.

Their most recent CD, On A High High Mountain, was released August 2013 and includes former Bill Monroe Bluegrass Boy Curtis Blackwell and former Dolly Parton band leader Gary “Biscuit” Davis. One of Chuck’s YouTube videos, with national banjo champion Charles Wood, has already reached almost 50,000 hits! Close harmony vocals and superb instrumental playing help create their distinctive sound.

www.chucknationband.com


July 17, 2015

Time:
Admission:

7-8 pm
Free Admission, Donations Appreciated.
Location:  Festival Barn


Just Us

JUST US is an exciting band from East Tennessee featuring traditional, contemporary and gospel bluegrass music. Although, they are a relatively new group, the members of JUST US have many years of on-stage experience, performing in various bands including Hiwassee Ridge, Roscoe Morgan and Lonely Train,The Lovell Sisters, Blueline and Lost Horizon.

Stacy Wilson - Guitar, Vocals
Teresa Wilson - Electric Bass, Vocals
Blake Atkins - Banjo, vocals
Albert Whiting - Mandolin, Vocals


http://www.justusbluegrass.com/


July 24, 2015

Time:
Admission:

7-8 p.m.
Free Admission, Donations Appreciated.
Location:  Festival Barn


Dulcimer Celebration Concert

Four great performers on mountain and hammered dulcimers (and other instruments!):

Anne Lough has served as artist-in-schools for the North Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia Arts Councils and is a regular instructor at the Folk School. She is in constant demand as an instructor and performer at hammered dulcimer and mountain dulcimer events nationwide

Nina Zanetti is the 2008 National Mountain Dulcimer Champion. She comes to this traditional Appalachian instrument from a diverse musical background, including choral music, violin, viola, piano, and shape-note singing. Nina is especially fond of the "softer side of dulcimer" and has a strong interest in American folk hymns and ensemble playing. She has produced several tab books and two CDs, and she has taught workshops at numerous dulcimer festivals throughout the country.

Bonnie Carol is a dulcimer pioneer. Her professional credentials are some of the most complete in the field. She has produced, recorded, and distributed five albums and written half a dozen books on the dulcimer. Most of the dulcimer contests across the country have seen her win or place. Bonnie is also an outdoors woman. Her "Moon and Tunes" project invites people on wilderness river-rafting trips, where everyone brings their musical instruments and plays on the desert rivers of her home in the American West.

Rob Brereton has an extensive background in music theory, arranging, and classical guitar and is considered a pioneer in the area of contemporary dulcimer playing. His playing has been called "strong, masterful and innovative." Rob's music has taken him to events all over North America, and he has organized annual Dulcimer cruises on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. He currently teaches music at several schools, directs several choirs, and is an active composer. He lives in Sherman, Connecticut.

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