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Release date: September 19, 2013
Dateline: Charleston, WV
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Kanawha Valley FOOTMAD Announces its 2013 - 2014 Concert Series!
(Charleston, WV) The Kanawha Valley Friends of Old Time Music and Dance (FOOTMAD) announces its new season of performances by nationally and world acclaimed musicians. FOOTMAD Concerts feature Celtic, Appalachian, French Canadian, Blues and Roots Country music in the intimate setting of the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston. The season begins in October with Liz Caroll, a Grammy nominated Irish-American fiddler, and concludes in April with the Carper Family, an Austin-based trio known for their signature, stunning, three-part harmonies. Individual tickets can be purchased for $20 or a package of season tickets is available for purchase at www.footmad.org for $70, half price for students.
US. Fiddler, Liz Carroll is a recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship Award (1994). In 2009 she became the first Irish-American musician nominated for a Grammy. In 2011, she became the first American born composer honored with the Cumadóir TG4, Ireland's most significant traditional music prize.
Liz will be joined on October 12 by Dáithí Sproule of Derry, one of Irish music’s most respected guitar accompanists, and one of the first guitarists to develop DADGAD tuning for Irish music. He is also a fine singer in English and Irish.
Saturday November 23, 2013 8 pm
Songs of the Civil War will be featured in a November concert with David Norris, who has been crafting songs all of his life that reflect the heritage of his southern Maryland region. Norris appeared in the 2011 season to audience acclaim and has won numerous awards including the Nashville contest at Merlefest for his song “Timberline.”
This November 23 concert also features 97th Regimental String Band as they recreate an actual string band of the Civil War era. This trio will present songs just as they would have sounded 150 years ago with rich vocal harmonies accompanied by guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, bass fiddle, bones, and tambourine.
FOOTMAD ushers in the New Year on January 4, with the legacy of renowned country music artist Hank Williams as celebrated by an all-star group. Vocalists John Lilly and Rob McNurlin perform Williams’ most popular songs, as well as several of the legendary performer’s nearly forgotten gems. The band is marking its 11th year and also includes Hall of Fame steel guitarist Kayton Roberts, Grand Ole Opry veterans Buddy Griffin (fiddle) and Roger Carroll (bass), and lead guitarist Ritchie Collins. .
Also on January 25, National flat pick champion Robin Kessinger performs and also receives FOOTMAD’s FOOTbridge Award for his years of for his preservation and presentation of traditional music. Robin grew up with a rich Appalachian heritage surrounded by generations of musicians. He has always found the music of Appalachia irresistible, so much so, that he has dedicated much of his life to passing on his heritage to others and preserving the music that is so much a part of our history. Also performing in Robin’s honor will be longtime friends and family members, including Robert Shafer, Dan Kessinger and Joe Adkins.
February 15 will feature, Vishtèn, one of the most exciting folk bands on the international music scene. They have won numerous awards and given more than one thousand performances. All three members of Vishtèn are direct descendants of the first colonial families that inhabited the islands off of Canada's east coast Twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc grew up in a household where fiddle music and percussive dancing was a common part of everyday life. Similarly, Pascal Miousse’s home was a frequent meeting place for traveling fiddlers and music sessions.
March 1 features “Blind Boy Jerron Paxton” who performs for the blues community that has a great nostalgic hunger for an authentic musician. Blind since age 16, Paxton is a capable multi-instrumentalist who picks banjo and guitar, plays harmonica, piano and other instruments. He is both a wonderfully skilled musician and a fine singer; he is the continuation of a proud tradition, literally and figuratively, as the real-life son of Robert Johnson’s cousin. So you can say it’s in the blood.
Concluding April 12, with bluegrass, old-time, country and swing tunes of the standard and original variety, The Carper Family pushes yet honors American musical traditions at every step. Their debut studio album “Back When” was named Best Country Album for 2012 Independent Music Awards. You may think FOOTMAD has saved the best for last.
The seven concert package is $70 for adults and $35 for students. Each set of season tickets includes two Free Bird tickets that can also be used for admission to any concert to treat friends to a top-notch, traditional music concert. If ticket holders miss a concert they can convert the unused season ticket to a ticket to the next scheduled concert. Season tickets are a great bargain and available at www.footmad.org.
All tickets are general seating and all concerts begin at 8:00. Ticket prices per concert are $20 adult, $15 senior, $10 student. Children under the age of 13 are admitted free of charge. VISTA/AmeriCorps or any full-time community volunteers are also admitted without charge to all FOOTMAD events as thanks for their service to our community. Advance tickets are available at www.footmad.org.
This wonderful 2013-2014 Concert Series is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Council on the Arts.