Folk Musicians Take the Stage for a "New England Sampler" March 13
For Immediate Release
February 24, 2004
The Clark Art Institute will present a showcase of regional music on Saturday, March 13, from 1 to 5 p.m. "New England Sampler" will feature continuous performances of traditional music in the Clark auditorium. Scheduled to perform are Luthien, the Housatonic Philharmonic, Jeffrey Foucault, Kris Delmhorst, Mark Erelli, and the Flying Garbanzos. Admission is free.
After the afternoon music festival the Clark will present a concert by folksinger Gordon Bok at 8 p.m. Tickets to the Gordon Bok concert are $20 ($18 for members).
Luthien is a trio of musicians performing primarily Irish folk and old time tunes on mandolin, guitar, fiddle, banjo, Irish flute, bamboo flute, and recorder. Luthien will perform at 1 p.m.
The Housatonic Philharmonic plays old time instrumental music from the rural American tradition, including hoe-downs, waltzes, jigs and reels. The Lenox based trio, which performs on fiddle, guitar, banjo, spoons, piano, penny whistle, and hammer dulcimer, will play at 1:40 p.m.
Wisconsin native Jeffrey Foucault has been called "a charming presence and a splendid guitarist" by the Boston Herald. The singer songwriter is currently touring the U.S. in support of his CD Miles from Lightning. He will perform at 2:20 p.m.
Kris Delmhorst of Cambridge, a graduate of Williams College, has toured extensively in the U.S., including appearances at the Newport and Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals. Her 2003 CD Songs for a Hurricane was an "Editor's Choice" in Acoustic Guitar magazine. Delmhorst is scheduled to appear at 3 p.m.
A favorite with Clark audiences, Mark Erelli has become a prominent voice on the Americana scene. The New York Times hailed him as "a gravelly-voice heartthrob, who has a way with a smirk." His latest CD The Hillbilly Pilgrim features original western swing. Erelli will perform at 3:40 p.m.
At 4:20 p.m., the Flying Garbanzos will play Irish, French-Canadian, and Appalachian instrumental tunes on fiddle, guitar, mandolin, piano, percussion, and upright bass.
"New England Sampler" is offered in connection with the Clark's current exhibition Sugaring Off: The Maple Sugar Paintings of Eastman Johnson. The exhibition celebrates New England traditions of maple sugar making through the work of 19th-century American artist Eastman Johnson.
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Gallery admission is free through June 26, 2004. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.