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Frank Hamilton School Concerts & Festival Sightings

9 May

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Come play with us this week, as we have a very busy one out and about!  Music classes continue Tuesday at Oakhurst Baptist Church – if you’re curious about how they run, come on out and see for yourself.  Courses for this term include guitar levels 1-3, mandolin, fiddle, vocals, and banjo.  We will pick back up with ukulele next term beginning June 7!

Our calendar filled up this week quite nicely – keep reading to get the scoop!  Hope to see you out at one of our events!

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As part of the Frank Hamilton School Concert Serieswe are excited to present Grant Green Jr.Thursday, May 12 at the Red Light Cafe!  Grant is a member of the legendary group Masters of Groove, along with drummer Bernard Purdie and B3 Organ player Reuben Wilson, and his live shows 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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TDawg Presents Martha Scanlan in a relaxed backyard setting, 466 Ridgecrest Rd., Atlanta, GA 30307.

Sunday, May 15, Gate at 5PM, Showtime 6 PM ~ ADVANCE TICKETS $15/$20 GATE

BYOB, bring a chair, bring a grillable if you like, some apps will be available but feel free to contribute! Bring your instrument for some pre/post show jamming!

A PORTION OF PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT Frank Hamilton School.

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On behalf of The Frank Hamilton School, TDawg Presents is excited to bring you the acclaimed and gifted songwriter Martha Scanlan, formerly from the Reeltime Travelers, for a Sunday backyard gathering. This concert is a benefit for the Frank Hamilton School, so come on out and support a wonderful cause while witnessing magic on the stage with Martha’s presence. Martha hasn’t been around these parts very much in recent years so this will be a special performance! On a personal level, I worked with the Reeltime Travelers several times throughout their too brief of a career as a band, and I can’t express to you how excited I am to be presenting this show.

Martha Scanlan’s long-awaited third release, The Shape Of Things Gone Missing, The Shape Of Things To Come, is already being heralded as her best work yet. “A revelation, an instant classic and one of those rare albums that defies genre and generation. Scanlan evokes western landscapes as effectively as Georgia O’Keefe did on canvass.” – Dirty Linen

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On Saturday May 14, The Frank Hamilton School will be present at two wonderful community events!

Kirkwood Spring Fling, Bessie Branham Park, 2051 Delano Drive NE, 30317 

We will be located in the artist market performing acoustically with sets at Noon, 1 PM, 2 PM featuring Frank Hamilton.  Two more sets from 3 PM – 5 PM!  Come visit us!

~ Tucker Day, Main St., Tucker, GA.  Performance at 3:30 PM on the First Avenue Stage featuring Frank Hamilton.

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If you would like to get involved as a volunteer with The Frank Hamilton School, please contact us through the website and we will get back to you quickly!  Plenty of opportunities available that can utilize particular skill sets, from accounting and bookkeeping to membership development!  Become a part of the New Folk Movement!

 

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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FHS_Dangermuffin

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!

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!

 

 

The Frank Hamilton Folk School kicked off classes Tuesday night!

8 Oct

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Tuesday night some magic ensued at the first night of music classes at the Frank Hamilton Folk School.  Started by folk music legend Frank Hamilton (also founder of internationally renown Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago in 1957) and local musician/business consultant Bob Bakert and working out of Epworth United Methodist Church across the street from Candler Park, there was a solid turnout for classes that included learning how to play banjo, guitar & fiddle using the communal teaching style favored by Hamilton.  I had not witnessed this style of teaching before, and it was FUN to behold!  The two-hour session was broken down into one-hour segments, the first hour dedicated to learning chords and participating in a sing-along for respective instruments.  The second hour was devoted to everyone participating in one big jam led by Hamilton and the other teachers, who included Fritz Rauschenberg (guitar), George Hergen (banjo), and fiddler Moira Nelligan.  I spotted Moira walking around to all her fiddle students during the group jam and making sure they were understanding the chord changes.  The songs that they worked up included “Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley” and “You Are My Sunshine”.

I’m very excited to have the Frank Hamilton Folk School in our back yard, and I’m anxious to see how this music school can boost a community much like the Old Town School of Folk Music has done in Chicago.  It was fun to have some folks from the Old Town School in attendance as well, and they got on the stage and performed the song “Little Birdie”.  They certainly felt the fresh energy and enthusiasm of all in attendance and can’t wait to see this movement grow.

If you are interested in becoming involved or would like to further your musical education (or start it!), please CLICK HERE for more information.  Come on out and be a part of something special!

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