Join us for the Fiddlers Green concert series - monthly on third Saturdays!
AAFFM sponsors a local monthly coffeehouse, Fiddler's Green, that features concerts that include traditional music, singer-songwriters, poetry and storytelling.
May 16, 2015
THE NEARLY NORMAL STRING BAND
Opening April’s Fiddlers’ Green is The Nearly Normal String Band consisting of Viva and Neil Araki. Neil plays acoustic guitar, fiddle and mandolin in several styles, including blues, bluegrass, Celtic, and old time Appalachian. He has played guitar since he was nine years old, and plays both finger style and flat pick style. Viva plays guitar and old time banjo and sings, and also plays a variety of musical styles. She studied guitar from the age of five, and began learning old time Appalachian style banjo about 30 years ago. She is primarily a finger picker on guitar. Neil and Viva have played together for 26 years, and are still learning new songs, genres and styles of music. The Band plays at State Parks, coffee houses and some music festivals across north Georgia, and for parties, and weddings. They have long been active member and supporters of AAFFM.
The featured performer is Louis Robinson, British singer/songwriter now residing in Atlanta, GA. In 1969, Louis was a member of the popular London folk band, Green Ginger which performed at venues throughout the UK and Europe.
During the next twenty years, Louis Robinson appeared as a solo act and wrote songs for BBC Radio Stations throughout his country including Radio Bristol, Radio Northampton, Radio WM and Radio Cambridgeshire.
In 1975, Louis joined a traditional Ceilidh dance band, The A40 Improvement Scheme with Geoff and Joy Lakeman. In 1978 Louis wrote songs for "That Was the West That Was," a weekly satirical radio show that won the prestigious Sony Radio Award for Best Comedy of the Year. It also won the Radio & Record News Award for Best Comedy Show. In 1984 Louis wrote the words and music for a stage musical, "A Man Out of Time," performed in Bristol by the Bristol Light Opera Company based on the life of 19th Century inventor and engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. In 1994 Louis joined The Greensleeves Theater Company for their tour of Canada with a show called "Brush Up Your Shakespeare."
In the twenty years between 1975 and 1995, Louis wrote over 300 songs while pursuing his career as a BBC radio and TV producer and on-air presenter. Louis' non-music writing credits include comedy material for "Cue Gary" with Gary Wilmot for Central TV and "The Freddie Starr Show" for Carlton Television, short stories, documentaries and a play for Radio 4, "Julie and the Prince," "Telly Addicts" with Noel Edmunds, Call My Bluff with Sandi Tosvig and Alan Coren, "Noel's House Party," "Noel's Addicts" and "The Entertainment Game" with Kit and the Widow. He co-wrote a sitcom, "Plaza Patrol" for British comedy legends Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball, and contributed comedy material for their 25th Anniversary Show in Blackpool. Louis now appears at venues in and around Atlanta. In 2012 Louis began to manage a venue called The Heron House in Mountain Park and in the same year he was appointed head of middle-school music at The Cottage School in Roswell.
Come and enjoy a great meal at Steve’s while being treated to delightful acoustic performances.