Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones are old-time musicians and inspired tunesmiths from Galax, Virginia. They are married – in life and music. Southern song-duets and powerful fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo tunes comprise their diverse sets. Erynn and Carl play with ease, spontaneity and vitality. While rooted in the traditional sounds of older players, this duo stays true to their own muse by composing new, tradition-rooted music. Their original tunes and songs are played by many musicians play around the world and Carl’s song, Last Time on the Road was featured on the grammy-award winning album “Unleashed” by the Nashville Bluegrass Band. Instrumentally, Marshall and Jones have won many awards for their playing including Erynn’s 1st place fiddle win at Clifftop and Carl’s 3rd place fingerpicking-guitar win at Winfield – both premier festivals in the United States. In 2017, they released “Old-Time Jubilations” with the Galax Bogtrotters – and toured Australia and China.
Carl Jones started playing guitar and writing songs when he was ten years old, inspired by Roy Rogers. He played bluegrass music in college and attended many festivals, where he began a life-long pursuit of learning traditional fiddle music and making up “ditties.” He toured as a multi-instrumentalist with James Bryan, Norman and Nancy Blake, as The Rising Fawn String Ensemble and others. Carl and wife, fiddler Erynn Marshall, perform often all over and will be touring China and Australia (with the Galax Bogtrotters) in 2017. Carl has been an instructor at many camps teaching everything from old time mandolin and banjo, guitar and arranging, to songwriting. His songs have been recorded by the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Kate Campbell, Rickie Simpkins, and others. Each song- wistful, yearning, or hopeful- is as beautiful a beach stone polished by Carl’s special gift for song-smithing. Website: www.dittyville.com
Erynn Marshall has carved out a niche for herself as an old-time fiddler in North America and abroad. She has played for over thirty-five years, performed and taught at many music camps in the US, Canada, England and learned old-time music from visiting 80-95 year-old fiddlers and singers in the South. Erynn has authored the book, Music in the Air Somewhere (on West Virginia fiddle and song traditions), filmed an instructional DVD and made several recordings including her new CD Greasy Creek of all original tunes. She has won many awards including a prestigious first place in fiddle at “Clifftop,” (The Appalachian Stringband Festival), in West Virginia and was the first woman and person from outside the US to do so. Erynn lives in Galax, Virginia. She performs with Carl Jones, the Bow Benders and the Galax Bogtrotters.
Opening the evening is guitar master, Seamus Kelleher. He picked up the guitar at age fourteen. Within a few weeks, Seamus knew what he would be doing for the rest of his life. By age 15, he was performing acoustic concerts at venues all over Galway. By 16 he joined a rock group called Spoonful where he switched from acoustic to electric guitar. He quickly developed a reputation for his flamboyant blues-style guitar often opening for bands such as Thin Lizzy. Seamus toured the US in 1974 with a band called Rock & Roll Circus. Shortly after the tour, he packed his bags and moved to New York where once again he quickly developed a large following. He performed all over the US and Europe with the Sean Fleming Band.In 1996 he joined forces with Blackthorn, Philadelphia’s legendary Celtic Rock band. Seamus did more than a thousand shows with Blackthorn. In 2010, Seamus decided it was time to embark on a solo career. In just a few short years, he has put together a show that combines comedy, story telling. virtuoso guitar playing and a wonderful collection of original and unique cover material. His shows are not for the faint of heart. He will keep you on the edge of your seat for hours so fasten up and enjoy the ride!
The Perkasie Patchwork Coffeehouse is a ministry of the Perkasie Mennonite Church. The coffeehouse is warm and cozy, with lots of atmosphere. It is a place where people can enjoy fellowship and see some of the best performers available up close and personal, in an intimate setting. Perkasie Patchwork Coffeehouse is located in the church fellowship hall, which is air conditioned and handicap accessible.
Admission: $12 for adults; $10 for adults 65 and over; students 13 and up, $6; 12 and under free. All ticket sales at door, no advance sales, no reservations. Delicious desserts and drinks are available. The doors open at 7:00 and performances begin at 7:30.
A portion of our proceeds at each concert will be donated to a local or international social cause. This month’s benefit is Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association for their GED/ABE Prep and ESL adult education classes. You can also drop off donations of non-perishable food at Patchwork for Pennridge FISH at all our concerts.