Please join us for a unique and thrilling blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music and percussive dance. Rhode Islanders Elwood Donnelly, Aubrey Atwater, and Cathy Clasper-Torch blend gorgeous and unusual vocals and play guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, violin, cello, mandolin, tin whistle, harmonica, banjo, bones, spoons, limberjacks, and other surprises including Appalachian clog dancing and French-Canadian footwork.
The performance is appealing to all ages, and with a relaxed stage presence, Aubrey, Elwood, and Cathy, explain song, instrument, and dance origins to give more relevance to the material. Separately and together, these three performers have won numerous awards and produced many CDs, books, and DVDs which will be available at the performance.
Aubrey says, “One of my favorite parts of our creative life is crafting shows right before the watchful eyes and ears of our audiences. As we survey the crowd, talk to people, and get a feel for our surroundings, we make snap decisions, selecting what song, dance, or instrument feels just right at that moment. We hope you enjoy this exciting foray into the oral traditions of American heritage music and dance!”
Entry to Ripley Chapel is found at 21 Church Street, Winchester, with an accessible entrance on Vine Street. For more information about the concert, please contact Jane Ring Frank, Minister of Music and Worship Arts at 857-919-0983.