West Virginia University at Parkersburg
300 Campus Drive Parkersburg WV 26104
Phone: 304-424-8203 | Fax: 304-424-8315
WVU Parkersburg hosting "Warm Sounds in Winter" concert on Sunday, December 3, 2006.
CONTACT: Rebecca Phillips, professor of English, 304-424-8282.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
"Warm Sounds in Winter: A Concert for the Bulgaria Project" will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, December 3, at West Virginia University at Parkersburg's multipurpose room.
The event will feature the music of the Appalachian Celtic Consort, Chase Brady and friends, and Scott Luter. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in the WVU Parkersburg business office. They will also be available at the door.
The Appalachian Celtic Consort performs mostly traditional Scottish and Irish music, but also old-time and some original compositions. Die-hard traditionalists might notice that the ACC’s music has a little different sound than some Celtic groups -- hence the word Appalachian in the name. Whatever one might call it, the group’s music catches the energy of the Celtic ceili, where musicians would gather just for the craic (Craic – pronounced "crack" but meaning "great fun").
ACC started out in 1998 with Mike Petersen on concertina, Dewey Sanderson on hammered dulcimer, and Pat Wiegand on guitar. Shortly thereafter, Mark Nelson joined to lend a hand with pennywhistle, bagpipes and flute. Neil Cadle rounds out the band playing bohdran, other percussion
instruments, and mandolin. Joining the musicians on December 3rd will be caller Bill Ohse and the Countrytime Dancers, sharing the energy and excitement of old-time music and dance forms with the WVU Parkersburg audience.
Brady, who appeared in last January’s "Faculty as You’ve Never Seen Them Before" concert, is a member of the WVU Parkersburg math faculty and a well-known local singer/songwriter, performing frequently in area venues. Known for his introspective, country-tinged material, he will share the stage with guitarist Steve McDougle, flautist Loran Conly, and drummer MaryMary and perhaps another friend or two.
Luter is a new member of the English faculty at WVU Parkersburg’s Jackson County Center. He received his master's degree in creative writing from Georgia College & State University, where he was assistant editor for "Arts & Letters: A Journal of Contemporary Culture." Recipient of an Academy of American Poets University prize, he has published poetry in "Poem," "Open 24 Hours," and elsewhere.
As part of the event, a drawing for a custom guitar valued at approximately $1,000 and by Jackson County luthier George Lamb will be held after intermission. Tickets for the guitar raffle will be available at the concert.
"Warm Sounds in Winter" is a fundraiser for the WVU Parkersburg Bulgaria Project, an ongoing exchange with the University of Rousse. The goal of the project is to bring Bulgarian faculty to the Mid-Ohio Valley for summer programs, during which they will visit classes and community groups. A delegation from Rousse visited in summer 2005, and a larger group is expected in late June 2007.
Additional information is available by contacting Rebecca Phillips, 424-8282 or Emily Lamb, 372-4426.