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Music Events
June 2, 2017


7-8 pm
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.


June 8, 2017


7 pm
Donations Appreciated

Location:  Community Room, Keith House

Lorinda Jones & Nella Rigell

Lorinda Jones grew up in a musical family in a small town in South Central Kentucky. She began performing at an early age, and has pursued music through a wide range of instruments including piano, oboe, dulcimer, tin whistle, psaltery, zither, autoharp, and guitar, as well as Celtic harp. In Lorinda's performance, her audience gains an appreciation for the historical development of the harp and for the Celtic music she presents. With five CD's and five books to her credit, Lorinda is nationally recognized as an outstanding performer, recording artist, teacher, and publisher.

Nella is an Atlanta harpist who enjoys an active and multi-faceted career, from soloist to orchestra, Broadway, and chamber music, and she is also a recording artist, teacher, and therapeutic musician. She has performed in concert halls from Carnegie Hall to the Grand Ole Opry. Nella has a long repertoire of Celtic performances, including performing with the Chieftains and playing the Southeastern premier of the Celtic Harp Concerto. She loves playing and teaching students an eclectic mix of traditional, as well as classical inspired Irish, Scottish, and Welsh music.


June 16, 2017


7:00 p.m.
Donations Appreciated.
Location:  Festival Barn

Lorraine and Bennett Hammond

Lorraine was raised in rural northwestern Connecticut during a period when traditional music was a vibrant and integrated part of community life. She is a leading proponent of the mountain dulcimer and teaches classes at the Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia, and Summer Acoustic Music Week in New Hampshire as well as the Folk School. She is also a highly skilled songwriter, banjo player and Celtic harpist with numerous recordings to her credit.

Bennett Hammond began to play traditional and original music on the guitar in high school in Vermont, and began teaching it while in college in New Hampshire. With a degree in Classical Greek, Bennett also speaks French and Spanish. "Hammond has a deft melodic sense, and a knack for transmuting traditional Irish and Appalachian motifs into thoroughly contemporary results. Hammond's great talent is that he doesn't let his skill overpower his taste and artistry." Boston Globe Since 1986 Bennett has performed, recorded and toured extensively at home and abroad with Lorraine. The couple live in an old house in Brookline, Massachusetts.


June 23, 2017


7:00 p.m.
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.


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