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Fiddlers Green

Steve's Live Music

234 Hilderbrand Drive
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(404) 418-6777
Show begins at 7:00 pm
General Admission: $10       AAFFM Members: $8
Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/5zTCT

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 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. 

FIDDLER'S GREEN HAS MOVED TO STEVE'S LIVE MUSIC

Steve's Live Music
Address: 234 Hilderbrand Drive, Sandy Springs 30328
Vicinity: just off Roswell Road and north of I-285.
Phone: 404-441-9475
Website: www.steveslivemusic.com

 

January 17, 2015

HANK WEISMAN & DON McCALL

This talented duo is making its first billed performance at this edition of Fiddlers Green. Hank Weisman led a weekly folk music sing-along at Steve’s Live Music for over a year and a half. During that time, his most faithful participant was Don McCall who would join in with his flat picking on a booming Gibson guitar plus great vocal harmony. At times, newcomers who came to sing or just listen would ask, “Are you a group?” Finally, to avoid explanations, Hank and Don just replied, “Yes!” And so a new duo was born.

Hank Weisman has played guitar since age 6 and has been a fan of folk music even longer! He has been a solo performer and in groups (usually duos) while in secondary school, college and ever since. During his sixteen year residency in Savannah and on Tybee Island, he led the Savannah Folk Music Society, initiating and hosting the group’s monthly “First Friday for Folk Music” coffeehouse concert series (1996-2011), organizing the annual Savannah Folk Music Festival (including his creation: a youth songwriting competition), and holding other concerts, workshops and activities. Since his 2011 return to the Atlanta area, Hank has been on Atlanta Area Friends of Folk Music’s or AAFFM’s Board and assisted with such matters as writing press releases and bookings for Fiddlers Green.

Hank particularly loves the music of the “Folk Revival” – the sounds of his youth during the 1950s and 1960s. He often performs traditional folk songs that were reprised during that era as well as the great songs written in that period. At the same time, Hank appreciates and likes more contemporary folk. For those reasons, he enjoyed bringing to shows in Savannah such folk icons as Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey, Tom Paxton, Tom Rush, Jesse Winchester, Karla Bonoff, Janis Ian, John Gorka, Norman Blake, The Limeliters, The Tannahill Weavers, Bill Staines, John McCutcheon, Josh White Jr., Si Kahn, David Mallett, Guy Davis, Jay Unger, The Carolina Chocolate Drops and many, many more.

Don McCall has frequented folk gatherings and jams in the Atlanta area for a long time. His skillful flat picking enables him to take the lead on virtually any song and he is often encouraged to do so. Don has a wide range of musical interests but his preferences are manifested by the fact that you won’t catch him missing the annual Merlefest. As indicated above, Don was a loyal attendee of Hank’s folk sing-along sessions, absent only when visitations to his native Michigan, ski trips out West or Merlefest took place. The duo hopes to select tunes that audience members recall and wish to sing along to.

SEAN GASKELL

Sean Gaskell features traditional songs on the Kora, a 21 string harp that he learned how to play throughout the course of multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, West Africa. The Kora is native to the Mandinka people who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots (Gree-ohs). The Kora is a very melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is contrary to its musical repertoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande empire. While the Kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the founding of the Mande empire. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh, both of Brikama, Gambia. Gaskell’s first Kora teacher Kane Mathis, led both "The Kora Band" and "The Sahel Band". Gaskell relocated from Seattle to Asheville, North Carolina in 2014. He has been featured at numerous festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal.

Come and enjoy a great meal at Steve’s while being treated to delightful acoustic performances.

 

February 21, 2015

HARM'S WAY

Harm’s Way performs with rich harmony, conviction, and a sense of humor. While the group has been together over ten years, some of the members have been performing together all of their adult lives. Their music is influenced by several genres: roots, Americana, folk, blues, and more. Harm’s Way includes Harmon Koetz on guitar and lead vocals, Doug Weiss on lead guitar and vocals, Scot Boze on vocals and Mike Carthon on bass. This acoustic driven group relies on tight harmonies, thoughtful songs and lyrics, and a belief that the music should be shared. These guys have fun performing and can be found at festivals, private events, restaurants, coffee shops, corporate events, and church functions.

As with most groups, members occasionally join or leave or re-join the group. But, the core members have been playing music together since before Woodstock. They have fun playing, check their egos at the door, and while they take the music very seriously, don’t take themselves seriously at all!

Come and enjoy a great meal at Steve’s while being treated to delightful acoustic performances.

MARK STUART

Mark Stuart has been a fixture on the Americana/Folk music scene for seventeen years. Non-stop touring landed the artist in theaters, clubs, radio, television, house concerts, festivals and coffeehouses. Much of this was solo, much of it in a duo "Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart". A fine singer, musician, and songwriter he is. In his performances expect stellar guitar work, soulful vocals, and thought-provoking songs. Interesting stories find their way into his show, too.

A career that has repeatedly taken Stuart to Europe, UK, Canada, and 49 of the United States includes having begun in his native Nashville as a teenage working musician. From membership in the Nashville Rebels (his father's band that appeared in the Waylon Jennings movie "The Nashville Rebel") to sideman stints for Steve Earle, Freddy Fender, Joan Baez, and Steve Forbert he has NEVER STOPPED WORKING as an active musical force. In previous years the artist fronted rock/blues bands of his own that included notable guitarists Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule, Allman Brothers Band) and Dave Rawlings (Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings Machine) serving HIM as second guitarist!

Mark Stuart celebrated his 50th birthday in January 2015 and is touring as heavily as ever. Audiences will find his usual material from solo CDs and Stacey Earle/Mark Stuart CDs. But, they will also hear a special nod toward the artist Paul McCartney for the calendar year. Mark will expose which of his own songs were influenced by McCartney's style and play Sir Paul’s music in Stuart style.

Come and enjoy a great meal at Steve’s while being treated to delightful acoustic performances.

 

You can review previous shows in our Archive
here: Archive of past events announcements.

 

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