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Folk Music is About Everybody’s Roots
Roots and folk music fans have been whooping and hollerin’
ever since they heard the late-breaking news that McCarter Theater
will bring Ralph Stanley and his Clinch Mountain Boys from Coeburn,
in Virginia’s Appalachian mountains, to Princeton, on January 21,
2003. Stanley’s a cappella rendering of the old Anglo-American dirge
"O Death" brought him widespread acclaim when it became the
highlight of the hit soundtrack of the Coen brothers’ film, "O
Brother, Where Art Thou?" But you haven’t really heard America’s
most high lonesome voice until you’ve heard Dr. Ralph with his own
inimitable Clinch Mountain Boys, a group that includes both brilliant
younger mountain musicians, such as fiddle player James Price, and
veterans like bass player Jack Cooke who has been with Stanley’s "boys,"
on and off, since 1955.
$12 to $20; children half-price. Most shows 8 p.m.
rocks." September 28, 7:30 p.m.
pop and rock." October 12, 8 p.m.
Chicago-based trio of magnificent musicians with a misleading name
(two of the three are women). November 9.
and Pete and Maura Kennedy, perform individually and collectively.
This concert only is at Princeton Community Church, 2300 Pennington
Road, Pennington. December 7.
from Texas. February 22.
and electric violinist Valerie Vigoda. March 15.
excellence. April 12.
lead singer for Salamander Crossing, leads her group Daisy Mayhem
in country blues, swing, gospel, Appalachian funk, and folk. May 10.
an acoustic solo concert. October 28.
Appalachian mountains, bluegrass great Dr. Ralph Stanley and his own
inimitable Clinch Mountain Boys. January 21.
Grammy-winning ensemble has been performing impassioned renditions
of gospel songs around the world for over 60 years. February 25.
Tickets at the door: $15 for non-members; $10 members; children $3.
All shows Fridays at 8:15 p.m.
Bill Staines, a New England native who has toured across North America
for over 30 years singing traditional folk tunes and original contemporary
folk ballads. September 20.
An excellent writer, she plays her own songs and some traditional
Irish songs. October 18.
specializes in interesting interpretations of songs of the British
Isles. Friday, November 15.
(Pete Seeger’s grandson), Ruth Ungar (the daughter of Jay Ungar and
Molly Mason), and Michael Merenda. December 6.
time was her solo debut after having sung with the group, "Cherish
the Ladies"). She has a gorgeous voice and sings mostly in English
with a few very beautiful songs in the Irish language. January 17.
He’ll play and sing Italian songs, but his specialty is Appalachian
style flatpicking which he taught himself back in Italy, listening
to Doc Watson records. February 21.
Dutchman," "Spoon River," "Sister Clarissa").
He is the only performer to ever get a standing ovation at a PFMS
concert. Friday, March 21.
with a wonderful mid-western, folksy personality. April 25.
who are perfect together, singing traditional, contemporary, and original
songs. May 16.
to $55. November 14, 8 p.m.
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