Spring Performance Schedule

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SATURDAY, MAY 13

  • 10:00am Field School Boys Choir
  • 11:00am Vicky Lee, Celtic Harp
  • 12:30pm Skyline Country Cloggers
  • 2:00pm Annabeth McNamara
  • 3:00pm Albemarle Morris Men
  • 4:30pm Matthew O’Donnell

SUNDAY, MAY 14

  • 10:00am WAHS Jazz Band
  • 11:30 Greg Howard and Friends
  • 2:00 Roosevelt Dime
  • 4:00pm Jim Lord


ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

photo by Fatima TalibRoosevelt Dime
With a name appropriated from a coin minted in 1946, it comes as no surprise that historical reference points underscore the music of the East Coast based quartet Roosevelt Dime. This engaging brotherhood of musicians traces the rich tributaries of Americana – Blues, Bluegrass, and New Orleans juke joint Rhythm & Blues, enduring genres newly electrified with a modern charge.
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Greg Howard and Friends
Greg Howard is a musician, composer, and teacher of the Chapman Stick, a unique electric stringed instrument played with a two-handed tapping method. With over one thousand performances in front of diverse audiences (jazz and rock festivals, concerts and clubs, college music series, live radio concerts, street performances) and twelve recordings under his belt, Greg has made the instrument his own. His repertoire includes dozens of original compositions, as well as a wide array of material from the Renaissance through jazz and The Beatles, but his forte is his improvisation. He plays with many local musicians around Charlottesville and will be bringing some friends to the Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival stage.
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Matthew O’Donnell

Matthew O’Donnell is a Celtic folk singer and multi-instrumentalist based in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Matthew performs a high-energy blend of traditional Celtic music and modern foot-stomping neo-folk. Drinking songs, traditional folk tunes, sea shanties and singalong standards are given a 21st-century treatment evocative of Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers, while maintaining their traditional spirit through Matthew’s stylized singing and performing on traditional folk instruments such as the accordion, banjo, bouzouki, fiddle, bodhran drum and tin whistle, creating a unique sound that feels right at home in the corner of the local pub and on the concert hall mainstage.

This musical mélange is accented by Matthew’s humor, storytelling and lively audience interaction to form a stunning spectacle sure to put smiles on the faces of everyone in the room.


Victoria Lee Harp performer at the Crozet Spring Arts and Crafts Festival

Vicky Lee and her Celtic harp: Minstrel of the Long Strings

Back in the ‘90’s, I was gifted a small, 19-stringed Pakistani harp for Christmas, which I quickly learned to play. I had fallen in love with Celtic music years before by attending the annual Celtic Music Festival at Wolf Trap. Later, my husband built me my first good harp, a Musicmakers Studio 29-string, from a kit (harpkit.com).

Since then, numerous harps have come and gone, leaving me now with only the best. I’ll be playing my Salvi Egan 38-string for the Spring Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival—I’ll use it to pluck some of my favorite Celtic tunes by such heavyweights as O’Carolan and Burns, and many also known by such greats as Trad and Anon.

The beauty of a harp is in its vibration. Its history extends way back to the Bible story of David. The long strings are plucked much like Athena pulling her bow for her arrow. Come have a listen!

I also give harp and piano lessons and will have CDs on hand for sale. Visit victorialeemusic.com for more booking and lesson information.
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Jim Lord

Jim Lord is a Virginia-based folk/rock singer-songwriter and finger-style guitarist, playing mostly original music along with some covers. His first album “Inside Out”, produced by former Fugs guitarist Ken Pine and released on the Inlet Records label in October 1982, was a Billboard Magazine Top Billboard Album Pick His second album “Hangdog Heaven”, released on the Blue Vinyl Records label in March 2000 and produced by Ken Pine and Larry Gates, was characterized by the New York Post as a “…dozen-song man-and-a-guitar disc [that] freely crosses the borders of folk rock, contemporary country and old-fashioned jazz guitar.” His third album, “Live at Quad Studios”, was recorded live at Quad Lakeside Recording Studios in Greenwood Lake, NY. Visit website >

Annabeth McNamara
Charlottesville’s newly acquired songbird, released her second full-length album through a $75,000 value grant from House Studio DC. A week of intensive songwriting and recording resulted in a sugar-coated yet bittersweet sonic confection a la Ingrid Michealson, with obvious influence from her tweendom spent listening to Bjork and other ‘90’s female stars. She has recently shared bills with Lobo Marino, and has played regularly this past summer at the Garage, as well as the Southern for their songwriter showcase. She also sang back-up for Lester Seal’s band at the Pavilion. Annabeth just returned from her fifth solo tour of Europe, and played over a month of dates in Spain, France, Germany and Belgium, and even a show in Iceland just before Iceland Airwaves festival.
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Field School Boy’s Choir

The Field School Boys’ Choir of Field School of Charlottesville is an all a cappella choral program for mixed male voices, grades 5-8. The choir music is drawn from varying musical traditions including spirituals, folk songs, student-led pop song arrangements, and completely improvised “Circle Songs.” The Field School Boys’ Choir celebrates the developing voice and encourages kids of all ages to start and keep singing!

Albemarle Morris Men
Morris is a term applied, rather loosely, to traditional English folk-dancing that is done as a performance rather than as a social event. There are many kinds of Morris dancing. The Albemarle Morris Men dance a type of Morris called Cotswold Morris, named for the southwestern region of England from which the dancing comes, and use as the basis of their dance style the dances collected in the village of Bledington, Gloucestershire. The costumes they wear are their own individual design reflecting the tradition of the Morris dance attire. They have been dancing in and around Charlottesville Virginia since 1978.
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