From the haunting booms of the antique serpent, a wooden-bodied brass instrument carried by 18th-century marching bands, to the treble trill of the pocket fiddle, the Turnspit Dogs of historic Yorktown, VA keep the sounds of Colonial America alive. Scholarly folklorists, talented musicians, and boisterous singers, this trio is a polished pageant of living history as well as a great American folk band. Named after the livestock tasked with running on a treadmill to turn a rotisserie. Gabe Stone plays the serpent, hurdygurdy, baroque flute, guitar, bagpipes, bones, bodhran, tuba, and ophicleide; David Gardner plays early and modern fiddles, guitar, and mandolin; Cliff Williams plays guitar and recorder; and they all sing like chanteymen making wooden ships move.
This event will be one of the two concerts per year where nominations for the FSGW board of directors are accepted from the audience during intermission. (Free to FSGW members! Please bring your current membership card.) At Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW (one block from Takoma Metro station). $20.
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