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Music Events
July 1, 2016

Time:
Admission:

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


Chuck Nation Band

The Chuck Nation Band, from Gainesville, GA, near Atlanta, made their Carnegie Hall debut performance in New York City in 2015, and performed at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN in 2016. They are 2016 Georgia Music Awards nominees. Chuck is a member of the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame, a two-time Georgia State Fiddle Champion, Georgia State Mandolin Champion, and a Louisiana State Fiddle Champion.

The band made their second international tour in 2014 covering sixteen cities in Ireland, and has performed over 450 shows since 2010. Close harmony singing and superb instrumental playing are the hallmarks of their distinctive sound. Their latest CD, released in 2016, is entitled Beneath The Tennessee Moon.

www.chucknationband.com


July 7, 2016

Time:
Admission:

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


Andy Offutt Irwin


*SPECIAL THURSDAY NIGHT CONCERT, held in Community Room of Keith House*

With a silly putty voice, hilarious heart-filled stories, and amazing mouth noises (arguably, the greatest whistler in the world) one-person-showman, Andy Offutt Irwin is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer. One of the most sought after performing storytellers in the United States, Andy is especially known for relating the adventures of his eighty-five-year-old-widowed-newly-minted-physician-aunt, Marguerite Van Camp, a woman who avoids curmudgeonship by keeping her finger on the pulse of the changing world around her, and herself (the latter, figuratively and literally speaking). Marguerite steps lively through this existence, loving as many people as she can.
October of 2015 will mark Andy’s sixth year as a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival, and the summer of 2014 Andy appeared for the ninth time as Teller in Residence at International Storytelling Center. Among other gigs, Andy has been a Guest Artist at La Guardia High School of Art, Music, and Performing Arts in New York (The “FAME!” School); he has been a Keynote Speaker/Performer at the Library of Congress-Virburnum Foundation Conference on Family Literacy; a Guest Writer Performer with the Georgia Tech Glee Club; and a guest composer with the Amherst College Men’s Double Quartet.

http://andyirwin.com/


July 15, 2016

Time:
Admission:

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


Dance Musicians' Week Staff Concert

Contra dance music is a joyful blend of Irish, Scottish and French Canadian jigs reels and hornpipes, Appalachian hoedowns, Scandinavian couple dance tunes and beautiful waltzes. The performers hail from different parts of the country but have performed together at various dance camps and events over the years.

David Kaynor is a fiddler, caller, dance composer, and organizer of the famous Greenfield contra dance in Massachusetts. David has made several influential recordings and has served on the staff of many dance camps and weekends.

Sue Songer is co-author and publisher of the Portland Collection tune books and plays piano on their companion CDs. She organizes and directs the 80-member Portland Megaband, which plays a large annual contra dance in Portland, Oregon.

Peter Siegel plays guitar, banjo, and mandolin with the Greenfield Dance Band and the Berwyck String Band. He also performs extensively as a folksinger/songwriter and has shared the stage with such performers as Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary), Pete Seeger and Tom Chapin.

Betsy is a contra and English country dance fiddler from Portland, Oregon. She teaches fiddle privately out of her home and is associate music director for the Portland Revels® theater company, where she arranges music for chorus and instruments. She also plays in several contra dance bands, including Wild Hair and Night Owl, and her fiddling can be heard on a number of recordings - most recently "Midnight in Montague," a collection of fiddle duets with David Kaynor.

https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=18463


July 22, 2016

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


July 28, 2016

Time:
Admission:

7:00 pm
Free Admission.
Donations Appreciated.
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


August 5, 2016

Time:
Admission:

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


Hamilton County Ramblers

SPECIAL THURSDAY NIGHT CONCERT!

This is a band whose members come from several directions and several generations yet also from one place, both literally (the Chattanooga area, hence Hamilton County), and figuratively, in their shared appreciation for and emulation of the genuine, not stereotypical, aspects of the bluegrass tradition. They understand that music this kind of music, at least is an art and a craft (and a business), and that respect for it means digging deep at every turn. --Jon Weisberger

http://hamiltoncountyramblers.blogspot.com


August 12, 2016

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

Lorinda is an adjudicated member of the Kentucky Arts Council's Performing Arts Directory and is actively involved with Arts in Healing, a program of The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. With a childhood background in piano and oboe, she holds degrees in music education and music therapy. Lorinda teaches and performs across the U.S. on the Irish harp and mountain dulcimer. She has produced numerous CD recordings and has instructional material published by Mel Bay Publications and Lo's Notes Publications.

Guy studied jazz performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He plays alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones as well as hammered dulcimer, flute, pennywhistle, keyboard, and steel drums. Guy has a solo recording called "Dream Castle" and is featured on new recordings of David Moran, Madeline MacNeil, and Tull Glazener.

Tull has been sharing the music of the mountain dulcimer through performances and workshops across the country since 1986. He enjoys adapting all kinds of music to the mountain dulcimer, including aires and waltzes, rag-time, traditional and old-time, contemporary, classical and jazz. Tull has produced five recordings, is the author of two instruction books, and has been a featured columnist for Dulcimer Players News. He also plays hammered dulcimer, button accordion, and is a member of the Family Reunion Stringband based in central Indiana.

https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=18794


August 26, 2016

Time:
Admission:

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


ETSU Country Pride

The ETSU Country Pride Band is comprised of talented student performers with many years of professional experience accounted to each member. This groups performs a tasteful mix of country favorites sure to appeal to all fans of country music.


September 2, 2016

Time:
Admission:

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


Billy Jackson

William Jackson has been at the forefront of Scottish traditional music for nearly 30 years. In addition to his stature as one of the leading harpers and multi-instrumentalists in Scotland, William has gained an international reputation as a composer. His “Land of Light” won the international competition in 1999 as the new song for Scotland, announced on the eve of that Parliament convening for the first time in 300 years.

William was a founding member and creative tour de force of Ossian in 1976, which became one of Scotland’s best-loved traditional bands. The band, whose music influenced a generation of musicians, extensively toured the U.S. and Europe. Besides harp, he also plays tinwhistle bouzouki and piano.

http://www.wjharp.com/

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