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Exciting Shows on the Horizon for FHS Concert Series!

9 Mar

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Advance Tickets $15/$18 Door

On behalf of the Frank Hamilton School, Atlanta Area Friends of Folk Music is excited to bring this amazing and dynamic performance to the Red Light Cafe featuring Four Shillings Short.  As part of the creative fusion that is happening in World Music today, Four Shillings Short Blends music of India, Ireland, Scotland, Medieval and Renaissance Europe, the Americas, Blues, Folk and Original compositions, all the while carving out a musical identity all their own.  The husband/wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Christy Martin from California, have been performing together since 1995, tour in the US and Ireland, are independent folk-artists with 12 recordings, perform 150 concerts a year and live as the Troubadours of old traveling from town to town playing at music festivals, theatres & performing arts centers, folk & historic societies, libraries, museums and schools.

100% of the proceeds will benefit the Frank Hamilton School.  We hope you can make it out for this very special performance!  Bring your kids if you want – it’s a very fascinating and captivating experience for all ages!

Here is a video sampler of their varying array of instrumentation and musical paths they will take during one of their performances.  Enjoy!

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Advance Tickets $12/$15 Door

Showtime 10PM

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The Frank Hamilton School Concert Series is excited to welcome the dynamic trio and national touring act Dangermuffin to the Frank Hamilton Folk School Concert Series! Their Friday night showcase performance at last April’s TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny was off the charts musically, a defining two-set gem that displayed true respect to the traditional roots music while creating a progressive acoustic folk-rock sound all their own. They have developed quite a nice grass-roots following in the Atlanta area, so you can expect a very enthusiastic crowd that appreciates fine musicianship. This incredibly dynamic trio brings out a sound that captures you in their groove almost instantly, and we couldn’t be happier to bring them to you via the FHS! From Folly Beach, SC just outside of Charleston, their melodic sound represents three musicians bringing you something unique. Expect a nice long set mixing acoustic &  and perhaps some special sit-ins along the way.

Here is a wonderful video about the band that provides some great insight the band and their thought process.

Thanks for your support and embracing of a new musical journey with a commitment to bringing community through music!  We hope that you can make it out to either one of these shows or the remaining scheduled concerts!   Please note that more will be added as we move along.  Please visit the Frank Hamilton School website anytime to find out how  you can be a part of the movement!

Frank Hamilton School Concert Series Off & Running!

22 Feb

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We had a great week last week at the Frank Hamilton School!  Check out this great article that James Kelly wrote in the Atlanta Creative Loafing edition out now!  Many thanks for the push as we move forward in our journey to become an integral part of the musical DNA of the greater Atlanta area.

Please consider coming out Tuesday evening to Epworth United Methodist Church (across from Candler Park) for the start of our next term (6 sessions for $100) – you’ll be glad you did!  We will be featuring Guitar I & II, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Fiddle & Vocals…there’s something for everyone!  It really doesn’t matter what level you are, and if you’re shy about playing with others then this is your ticket.  Please visit http://frankhamiltonschool.org for more information, and we hope to see you on Tuesday, February 23!

The opening concert of the Frank Hamilton Concert Series on Thursday night with Jeff IMG_0461Mosier starting the festivities followed by The Georgia Crackers was an amazing experience that was fitting for a kick-off celebration, and we had a great crowd for the festivities!  Below are some videos that highlight how wonderful the evening really was.  The first video features Jeff Mosier performing the classic John Hartford tune made famous by Glenn Campbell, “Gentle On My Mind”.  The next song is performed by The Georgia Crackers, and the last couple of videos feature Jeff joining on stage with the spoons.  Great stuff!  Hope you enjoy!

We hope to see y’all out on March 3 for our next concert at the Red Light Cafe, featuring Atlanta’s own Hair of the Dog!  Great Cajun music with a twist of pedal steel thrown in for good measure.  You’re sure to leave a fan!  Advance tickets are available for purchase, $10 Adv/$12 door.  Please let your friends know, show starts at 8pm!

Learn More About Frank Hamilton School and the Living Music Icon!

16 Feb

 

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Frank Hamilton is living music history – he is an educator, musician, leader & visionary all wrapped into one.  I am fortunate to be involved in continuing his vision in the new millennium.  While the world is a much different place than it was in 1957, one particular constant that remains is the importance of music and the arts in the community.  That is the ultimate goal of the Frank Hamilton School, bringing together community through love of music.  The classes are group sessions that finish up with a jam led by Frank and involving all instruments.

There have been a some wonderful interviews with Frank Hamilton since September, where he talks about his history, the Old Town School in Chicago, and bringing the OTS model to the Atlanta area.  When you have a moment, I highly recommend you listen to them.  None of them are more than 15 minutes long and are incredibly informative.

~ City Lights on WABE 90.1 FM, 9/10/15

~ On Second Thought, GPB 88.5, 10/22/15

~ Interview by Noel Morris, 9/14/15

I hope y’all can make it out to celebrate the start to the Frank Hamilton Concert Series on Thursday evening at the Red Light Cafe!  Music will begin at 8pm, so it will be an early night!  Rev. Jeff Mosier kicks it off to be followed by The Georgia Crackers!  Click Here for advance tickets.

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Frank Hamilton Folk School Concert Series Announcements!

22 Jan

frank-hamilton-folk-school-concert-series-kick-off-party-the-georgia-crackers-rev-jeff-mosier-at-red-light-cafe-atlanta-ga-feb-18-2016-squareThe Frank Hamilton Folk School Concert Series at the Red Light Cafe is heating up, and we’ve got some great shows coming your way – it would be incredible to see you at any & all of the shows!  Stay tuned for more announcements coming soon to the FHFS Concert Series ~ we are moving forward y’all, and the ride is going to be a fun one, full of music opportunities along the way, so stay tuned.  If you would like to learn more about the classes at the Frank Hamilton Folk School, please visit the website for complete information.

On February 18, we are thrilled to have to bring you two Georgia originals in The Georgia Crackers and Rev. Jeff Mosier for the Kick-off celebration!   Come early, get your seat, do some pickin’ and then sit back for an incredible journey through American music!  Expect a bit of history behind the music, as the Georgia Crackers’ Mick Kinney (fiddle) is a scholar on old-time country music.

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March 3 ~ To keep the momentum building for the series, FHFS is excited to present one of the longest-standing bands in Atlanta, Cajun band Hair of the Dog!  These folks bring a Hair of the Dog_FHFShigh energy mix of Cajun, blues, and honky tonk to get folks into a fine boogie groove.  With fiery fiddling (Barbara Panter-Connah), soulful blues harp and accordion (Whit Connah), driving guitar (John Ferguson), bass (Chris Tinsley) and drums (Doug Landsburg), pedal steel (Bill Fleming), and traditional Cajun triangle – or ‘tit fer – and rubboard (Audrey Ferguson).  They have played at festivals and venues around the southeast and beyond, including tours of Europe and the British Isles.

Hair of the Dog are strong supporters of the local music scene and bringing music to the community, and I hope y’all can make it out to this one – it’s gonna be high energy! More info to come…

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April 7 ~ The Frank Hamilton Folk School Concert Series is excited to welcome the dynamic trio and national touring act Dangermuffin to the Frank Hamilton Folk School Concert Series! Their Friday night showcase performance at last April’s TDawg’s

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April 7 @ Red Light Cafe, 8PM

Back Porch Hootenanny was off the charts musically, a defining two-set gem that displayed true respect to the traditional roots music while creating a progressive acoustic folk-rock sound all their own. They have developed quite a nice grass-roots following in the Atlanta area, so you can expect a very enthusiastic crowd that appreciates fine musicianship. This incredibly dynamic trio brings out a sound that captures you in their groove almost instantly, and we couldn’t be happier to bring them to you via the FHFS! From Folly Beach, SC just outside of Charleston, their melodic sound represents three musicians bringing you something unique. Expect an acoustic set and an electric set and perhaps some special sit-ins.

Dangermuffin is: Dan Lotti (vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar), Mike Sivilli (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals), Steven Sandifer (percussion, drums, upright bass, vocals)

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May 12 ~ The Frank Hamilton Folk School Concert Series brings jazz guitarist Grant Green Jr. to the Red Light Cafe stage!  Grant Green Jr. is a member of the legendary group Masters

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May 12 @ Red Light Cafe, 8PM

of Groove, along with drummer Bernard Purdie and B3 Organ player Reuben Wilson.  Son of the great jazz guitarist Grant Green, Green Jr. has continued the family tradition just fine.  Growing up in Detroit, his neighbors included Stevie Wonder’s parents, Marvin Gaye lived a few blocks away, and many more Motown artists were in the area.  Needless to say, Grant certainly had the influences growing up, most notably his father and Stevie Wonder. 

Grant’s performances are extremely soulful and uplifting, his skills on the guitar are second to none.  Expect an incredible evening of music by a music gem we are fortunate chose to make Atlanta his home (by way of New York).
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Coming soon: Lineup announcements for the FINAL EDITION (#19) of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny, April 1-2 at beautiful Cherokee Farms!  Tickets on sale next week for what promises to be quite a celebration.    

 

The Journey Begins: FHFS Concert Series Kick-off 2/18

6 Jan

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$12 Adv/$15 Door – ADVANCE TICKETS, Showtime 8PM

The Frank Hamilton Folk School (FHFS) is excited to kick-off its inaugural concert series with a journey back to 1920s old-time and country music with The Georgia Crackers and a performance by one of the more eclectic, genuine musicians Atlanta has to offer in Jeff Mosier! A portion of the proceeds will benefit FHFS and its continuing development & community involvement!  Other dates on the calendar include March 3, April 7, May 12, June 16, July 7, August 4, Sept 1, October 6, November 3,  & December 1.

ABOUT THE GEORGIA CRACKERS
Take a trip back in time to the early era of Country Music. Before Hank Williams or Bill Monroe & his Bluegrass Boys, Georgia musicians such as Fiddlin’ John Carson, Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers, and many others pioneered the golden age of “Hillbilly Stringbands”. The Georgia Crackers faithfully re-create the vintage sound of the 1920s, while keeping alive the spirit of spontaneity and improvisation. Their irreverent stage banter is always a crowd pleaser. Along with old time singer, Kenneth Johnson (Pea Ridge Ramblers) on guitar and Chip Corbitt on clawhammer banjo, this rhythm section holds it down for Fiddlin’ Mick Kinney. Kinney has a unique but authentic fiddle style. When asked for his secret, Mick says, “steal licks from the best” and “keep it hot and greasy, but take it easy”. The Georgia Crackers reach back for that old time feel and surge forward in a rush so entertaining it’s mesmerizing.

ABOUT REV. JEFF MOSIER
Jeff Mosier is the conceiver and leader of the psychedelic hick-hop sound that is Blueground Undergrass. Before forming BGUG in 1998, he primarily played banjo alongside brother Johnny Mosier in their band Good Medicine for nearly 23 years. Also with Johnny, Jeff co-hosted the popular bluegrass radio show “Born in a Barn” for 14 years on 89.3 FM WRFG in Atlanta. In the late 1980’s, Jeff got his first experience playing rock n’ roll when he joined Col. Bruce Hampton’s Aquarium Rescue Unit. Mosier continues today with song-driven rock / bluegrass ensemble, The Jeff Mosier Band, that also includes guitarist extraordinaire Matthew Williams.

Jeff’s special ability to combine bluegrass with trance, jazz and rock have made him an icon in the jam band world. The Reverend has shared the stage with Leftover Salmon, Widepsread Panic, Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements, and many more. In 1994, he toured with Phish while teaching the band all about the world of bluegrass.

To add to an already eclectic musical career, Jeff also performs for senior citizens and Alzheimers patients, as well as children. He is active in public service, combining his musicianship with speaking engagements.

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Jam at the Frank Hamilton Folk School following a group lesson in each instrument. We had about 35 folks participating last night!

This truly is the beginning of a new chapter in my life, and I’m excited to have y’all on board with me for it!  The second full six-week session of classes (guitar I, guitar II, banjo, fiddle, vocal, and ukelele) at FHFS began last night at Epworth United Methodist Church and the energy was great!  All levels of skill were represented, and by the end of the first session, they were playing chords & taking home some instruction to practice until next Tuesday (Jan 12).  If you would like to come observe or participate in a session please feel free!  They start at 7pm EST each Tuesday evening, lasting a total of about 1 hr 40 min.  The first hour is a group lesson followed by a group jam with everyone.  I can testify that a good buddy of mine came by last night who had won the lessons in the silent auction at the Holiday Hootenanny.  He had a blast and can’t wait to continue on the banjo next week!  For more information on participating in the classes or finding out how you can volunteer, or if you would like to make a donation to support the cause, please visit the Frank Hamilton website for information!

 

 

Holiday Hootenanny 25 Days Away!

2 Dec

Advance Tickets $25/Door $35, doors & silent auction @ 5:30pm – showtime 6:30pm at Terminal West

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Excitement is building as we get closer to showtime!  News about the sets coming soon, and you can expect some mighty fine combinations of musicians along the way and possibly some surprises, too!   The Holiday Hootenanny is going to be a show you won’t forget, I can guarantee that, so PLEASE share this post, invite your friends on the event page at Facebook if you’re so inclined, and feel free to copy the poster and send along to your co-workers, friends & family!  Get your advance tickets NOW – it truly helps the cause, which is one I along with many others believe in strongly, and that is supporting Atlanta Habitat for Humanity!

Warren Haynes_guitarThe silent auction is gaining some steam as well!  A very special item we have for you to bid on this year is a Warren Haynes autographed Takamine guitar!  As you well know, Warren has been and will forever be associated with Habitat for Humanity, having produced the annual Christmas Jam in Asheville, NC for the Asheville chapter of Habitat for Humanity for what will be 27 years in December!  THANK YOU to both Warren and The Big House Museum Executive Director, Rob Schneck, for their efforts in securing this wonderful item for bid.

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About Jim LauderdaleJim'n'TDawg

Jim Lauderdale (pictured right with yours truly in a deep conversation) is a multiple Grammy® (2002 collaboration with Dr. Ralph Stanley and in 2007 for Bluegrass Diaries) and Americana Music Association Award-winning musician and one of the most respected artists working the Americana, Bluegrass and Country music communities today.

Jim Lauderdale has always stayed true to his North Carolina roots but is influenced from the experience of his travels.  He first immersed himself in the early country music scenes of both New York City and Los Angeles before breaking through in Nashville as a songwriter.  He has helped pave the way of the current Americana movement recording records and writing songs that cross genres from country, pop, roots, rock, soul and bluegrass.

Lauderdale, a master songwriter, has had his work recorded by artists such as Patty Loveless, George Jones, Shelby Lynne, Solomon Burke, The Dixie Chicks, Blake Shelton, Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan, and George Strait, who has had numerous hits with Jim’s songs.  Lauderdale’s music has been featured regularly on the ABC hit show Nashville, and he appeared in the successful film Country Strong.

Jim is often called upon as a player and has toured with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent, Hot Tuna & Charlie Musselwhite and Elvis Costello. He also co-hosts a weekly radio show on SiriusXM with Buddy Miller called “The Buddy & Jim Show,” which NPR’s Fresh Air described as “…highly entertaining…”  Lauderdale is also the host of the popular Music City Roots each week in Nashville and Scenic City Roots monthly in Chattanooga, TN.

He has collaborated with legends like Ralph Stanley, Elvis Costello and Robert Hunter and is also a critically acclaimed solo artist with dozens of studio releases, including his latest effort, and arguably his finest, I’m A Song…  

Click here to read more about Jim Lauderdale and explore his website.  You’ll be glad you did!  Such a soulful and gifted singer/songwriter!  You never know what you will get, and with the all-star group of musicians gathering for the Holiday Hootenanny, you KNOW you will get one helluva set from Jim!

 

TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny Apr 10-11! Featuring: Jason Kenney, Packway Handle Band, Strung Like A Horse

18 Mar

So many amazing performers have graced the stage at TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny, and this year is certainly no exception to what we take for granted at these events!  The Friday night showcase with Dangermuffin commences festivities, and Saturday will leave you dizzy with musical interludes spinning around your head all day long, while enjoying the intimate confines of Starbridge Event Center.  Please read on to view some videos of the bands!

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Strung Like A Horse (10:30-midnight) is going to take the 18th edition of the Hootenanny out with a bang!  Check out this great video shot at Cherokee Farms in LaFayette, GA, of the song “Gypsy Jane”.

TDawg Presents welcomes back Packway Handle Band (8:30PM-10PM) to the Hootenanny stage for the second time!  This Athens, GA-based quintet really grips you as they make their way through their set with genuine songwriting and tight instrumentation, single-mic or all-electric.  You don’t know what you’ll get sometimes!!  Check out this clip from Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Packway Handle Band performing “I Wish I hadn’t Done It”.

Please welcome Jason Kenney (6:15PM-7:45PM) to the Hootenanny stage for the first time!  This incredible singer/songwriter comes from just down the road in Dahlonega, and you feel the local roots in his music.  Pure and true is his music, and you’ll see for yourself in the video for “Turn This Sorrow Into Joy”, title track from his latest album.

Atlanta’s own Cajun masters Hair of the Dog bring their rockin’ sound to the Tree Stage at the Hootenanny for the first time!  Trust me, they’re the real deal.  Been around a long time playing what they love, and pedal steel maestro Bill Fleming will keep his rig up there for the rest of the evening so you never know what will happen with all those great musicians gathered all night long!  Check out this raw yet rockin’ clip from a neighborhood party (I was there!) featuring HoD performing “Leona Had A Party”.  Your whole family will be kickin it during this set!

The Higher Choir (1:45PM-3:15PM) has been climbing the ladder for several years now, and folks, they very well might be reaching a moment of reckoning, in a state of mind where their Southern rock sound touches your bones and your soul!  They wowed the crowd on the Lynyrd Skynyrd Cruise, have been packing venues around the Southeast, and as you see from this video, “The Working Title” from their CD Release party in 2013, it’s a kickin’ sound that has you boogey’in!  I first saw these folks at the Wheelbarrow Fest in Reynoldstown a few years back, and they blew me away!

Performing on the Music On Main Street (MOMS) stage, Gibson Wilbanks Band is going to bring two sets (3:15PM-4PM, 5:30PM-6:15PM) , one after The Higher Choir and the second after Hair of the Dog, that are gonna have you groovin’ even more so.  The interlay of slide and rhythm by both Carly Gibson and BJ Wilbanks, along with at-large artist Richie Jones on drums and the insane harmonica of Brad Bauman, will make these two sets ones you don’t want to miss!  The soulfulness comes through loud and clear on this video, enjoy!

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