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Enjoy the Eclectic Sounds of the Flown Home Band During Free Outdoor Concert on July 24 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

July 16, 2007

The Berkshire-based musical group Flown Home Band will perform their festive, tradition-inspired sounds at a free outdoor concert on Tuesday, July 24 at 6 pm at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Gather family and friends, picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs and head to the Clark’s expansive south lawn to enjoy the free summer outdoor concert series held on Tuesday evenings at 6 pm in July. The galleries remain open until 6 pm on concert evenings. In the event of rain, the concerts will be held in the auditorium.

Fran Mandeville, a highly respected Berkshire singer-songwriter, along with northern Berkshire-based musicians Lisa Strurz and Tony and Josh Pisano play a mix of original, traditional, bluegrass, folk, blues, Cajun, and Celtic music. Mandeville is an endearing and relentless troubadour who has played folk and rock music across the country, from the coal-mining roadhouses of northern Colorado to the coffeehouses of the Maine shore, and as a solo and with his acoustic Flown Home Band at festivals, fairs, colleges, and coffeehouses.

Mandeville’s enduring career began as a rock vocalist and guitarist who shared the bill with notable acts including Blood, Sweat, and Tears, and he went on to become a featured mandolin player with various bluegrass bands. As a sideman the sought-after multi-instrumentalist has shared the stage with major acts including the legendary country swing band Asleep at the Wheel and Texas blues artist Lee Roy Parnell. As a solo performer he has shared the stage with such distinguished acts as folk icon Dave Van Ronk

Mandeville’s well-crafted songs have been sung and recorded by various independent artists. His CDs “I Have Walked With Angels” and “Precarious” have received international airplay and attention. “Let Me Be” from the “Angels” collection was nominated for JustPlainFolks.org's Best Blues Song of 2001.

On band concert evenings, barbeque fare will be available for purchase. Enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, chips, ice cream, and strawberry shortcake.

The Curley Headed Rascals will conclude the 2007 outdoor concerts on July 31. Williamstown Savings Bank is the media sponsor of the concerts.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open daily from 10 am to 5 pm in July and August (closed Mondays September through June). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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