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Concert (online): Kevin Elam, Julie Henigan, Melissa Weaver Dunning, & Lisa Null

  • 06 Dec 2020
  • 7:00 PM
  • On-line

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Doors open at 7:00, concert starts at 7:30

Concert (online): Kevin Elam, Julie Henigan, Melissa Weaver Dunning, & Lisa Null

Starting with Celtic roots and then expanding into other genres in every imaginable direction...

Join us via Zoom for FSGW’s second concert of the pandemic year. We’ll have an opportunity to listen to great performers, interact with them, and visit with each other.

Kevin Elam lives locally on the Virginia side of the Potomac. He loves and excels at Irish traditional music—he was awarded first place in Men's English Singing at the 2019 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, rarely won by an American! A multi-instrumentalist who boasts a strong background in classical piano and a degree in Jazz studies, he also loves early music and pre-baroque song.

Julie Henigan comes from the Ozarks, but studied Irish culture, language, and music in America and Ireland, subjects about which she has written both scholarly and popular books and articles. Her repertoire covers everything from Irish sean-nós singing styles to Ozarks variants of traditional American songs and contemporary songwriters who have caught her attention. Besides being a singer of traditional Irish, British, and American songs, she also plays fingerstyle guitar, clawhammer banjo, fiddle, and lap dulcimer.

Melissa Weaver Dunning studied with Norman Kennedy—both his amazing traditional Scottish singing and his weaving and fiber arts techniques. But Norman's songs were just the beginning of her repertoire; encounters with Frank Harte gave her a grounding in Irish material. She also worked alongside her family for 35 years to run the Bluemont Concert Series in rural and small town Virginia west and south of the DC metro area.

Lisa Null co-founded Green Linnet records (which became America's premier Celtic label) but loves American songs of every kind. She likes to find obscure songs in books that need reviving to bring them back into circulation, such as the songs of Carrie Grover, who was born in Nova Scotia, lived in Maine, and descended from an Irish family. Lisa has three CDs available on the Smithsonian Folkways label. (The most recent, Legacies, is being re-issued shortly, and might not be showing yet.)

We'll go round-robin, and let each musician play off the ideas of the performances that preceded them on this evening. Expect an opportunity after the performances for a sing-around or just socializing.

Register by clicking on the registration button, and we'll give you the Zoom link.

Cost to register: free; Suggested donation: $20 per listener. (If you feel generous and can afford it, a higher amount will help support the performers.)

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General information on the 2020/2021 Sunday evening concert series is on the Concerts page. 

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