Doors open at 7:00, concert starts at 7:30Concert (online): John Roberts
and Jeff Warner
Two of this country’s great delvers and presenters of traditional music
Join us via Zoom for the new FSGW concerts season, kicking off with two of this country’s greatest delvers and interpreters of traditional music, John Roberts and Jeff Warner.
John Roberts was born in Worcestershire, England, but came to the United States to go to graduate school at Cornell, where he met his long-time musical partner Tony Barrand. Their love of music making enticed John away from his academic field, and he became one the great finders and singers of traditional music from both Britain and America. Sometimes a cappella, or accompanying himself with the anglo concertina or banjo, his encyclopedic knowledge of songs is second only to his skill at making memorable performances.
Jeff Warner comes by his performing and interpreting of American traditional music from his upbringing as the son of Frank and Anne Warner, two of America’s most renowned folksong collectors. He plays concertina, banjo, guitar and several “pocket” instruments, including bones and spoons. His songs from the lumber camps, fishing villages, and mountain tops of America connect 21st century audiences with the everyday lives–and artistry–of 19th century Americans. Not only does he inhabit his songs, but he sets them into historical and social context, a habit learned in his youth.
Each of these two artists will have a chance to play off the ideas and performances of the other. Expect a sing-around afterward, and we've invited our performers to join us.
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.)Donate to performers
(link will work correctly starting a week before the concert)
General information on the 2021/2022 Sunday evening concert series is on the Concerts page.