Common Ground plans concerts

September 19, 2004

Common Ground on the Hill will sponsor a concert series at 8 p.m. the first Saturday of each month, from next month through April, at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster.

Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for Arts Council members, seniors age 60 and older and children age 12 and younger; or $100 for adults and $95 for others for all seven concerts.

Scheduled performances:

Oct. 2: Northern Lights is a progressive veteran bluegrass band from New England that has performed for more than two decades. The band features some of the finest bluegrass musicians in the genre, including Bill Henry and Ben Demerath on guitar, Dave Dick on banjo and mandolin, and John Daniel on bass.

Nov. 6: The Mammals. Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, grandson of Pete Seeger, has joined with Michael Merenda, art-pop songwriter; Ruth Ungar, daughter of Grammy award-winning fiddler/composer Jay Ungar; bassist-songwriter Pierce Woodward; and drummer Chris Merenda to create an acoustic sound that preserves American roots music.

Dec. 4: Walt Michael, founder of Common Ground, and Michael Chapdelaine, guitar champion, will present the fifth annual Walt Michael & Co. Holiday Concert. Veteran musician and singer and Common Ground founder Michael has performed on traditional hammered dulcimer and guitar for more than 20 years. Chapdelaine has won first prize in the world's top competitions in classical and fingerstyle genres, as well as other national titles.

Jan. 8: Guy Davis, acclaimed blues artist, actor, director and writer, performs in the styles of the greats and has received the W.C. Handy Award.

Feb. 5: Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group perform a blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country. They have appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, Austin City Limits, Music City Tonight, Mountain Stage and Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. Their Fine Group includes Jim Watson on bass, vocals and mandolin; and mandolinist Jimmy Goudreau.

March 5: Rumisanko is a Latin American folk ensemble whose six multi-generational members are from Bolivia, Chile and the United States. For more than 30 years, Rumisanko's music has been a combination of traditional Andean music and other influences from Latin American folklore and the New Song movement.

April 2: Music From the Isles - Smith, Byrne, Spencer & Lees. These veteran traditional musicians from Scotland, Northern Ireland and England will present an evening of musicianship and song to welcome spring. Featuring uilleann pipes, whistle, guitar, fiddle, mandolin and octave mandola, this ensemble's instrumentation accompanies Tom Smith's baritone vocals. Smith, Jim Byrne, Nick Spencer and Wattie Lees make up this Celtic group.

Information: 410-857-2771.

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