‘Pure Americana’ with Community Chorus

Published 10:09 am Thursday, April 28, 2011

Spring Chicken String Band, the newly formed instrumental band performing with the Community Chorus on Sunday May 1 at Polk County High School includes from left: Janet Joens (Celtic harp), Clifford Joens (guitar), Linda Lee Reynolds (string bass), Alan Dillman (fiddle) and Craig Kinney (claw banjo). (photo submitted)

Fans of old-fashioned Americana music will have plenty to tap their toes to when the Community Chorus presents its spring concert Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m. at the Polk County High School.

Dr. Chris Davis

The concert will feature a mix of traditional, popular and other music, including “Cindy,” “I Bought Me a Cat” and the North Carolina folk song “I’m Goin’ Away.” The group will be directed by Richard Kennedy and accompanied by Pam McNeil.
One of the features of the concert will be the Spring Chicken String Band, a newly formed instrumental group. The band is made up of Janet Joens on Celtic harp, Clifford Joens on guitar, Linda Lee Reynolds on string bass, Alan Dillman on fiddle and Craig Kinney on claw banjo.
What makes this group unique beyond their individual and collective talents is that each is also a participating singing member of the Community Chorus itself.
Another instrumentalist will be showcased on the group’s performance of “Cindy.”
Dr. Chris Davis, professor of applied percussion and director of the North Greenville University Percussion Ensemble and the NGU Marching Band, will add xylophone to the four-hand piano, drums, string bass and acoustic guitar also included in this dynamic version of the folk song.
Davis, with his doctorate in percussion performance from the University of South Carolina, has performed with numerous regional orchestras and at Music Educators Associations in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Tickets can be purchased in advance in Tryon at Vines & Stuff, Owens Pharmacy and Tryon Daily Bulletin, at the Knitters Nest and Persimmon’s Steakhouse in Landrum and at Scoops & More in Columbus. Students are free.
– article submitted

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