Second Annual SAPC Folk Music Festival next weekend
Laurinburg, N.C. – The Second Annual Folk Music Festival at St. Andrews Presbyterian College is set for April 16 and will feature several well-known folk musicians performing alongside a few local performers.
Free and open to the public, this event, produced by St. Andrews alumnus John Null, will run from 12 noon until 5 p.m. on the Belk Patio.
Established folk music performers Lisa Null, Riley Baugus, David Via with Corn Tornado and David White are confirmed for the event. Amateur musicians from the St. Andrews family will also be performing, including students Spencer Phillips and Brian Shanks and alumnus Richie D’Arata.
Lisa Null is one of the returning performers from the inaugural event. This year she has prepared with a passel of ballads, old and new, and chorus songs drawn from a variety of American, Canadian and Celtic traditions.
In the 1970s, Null toured the British Isles, festivals throughout North America and appeared frequently on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. She also founded what became the leading Celtic label in this country, Green Linnet, and produced several festivals covered by Folk Music USA on National Public Radio.
Although her touring career was with Bill Shute, lead guitarist with the Fifth Estate, she now sings acappella, working to generate a sense of musical community with her audiences. During the 1980s, Null became a folklorist and historian and now lives in the Washington, D.C. area where she still remains active singing and organizing in folk music circles.
Baugus, a North Carolina native and resident, represents the best of old time American banjo and song. His powerful singing voice and his expert musicianship place him squarely in the next generation of the quality American roots tradition.
He began with a fiddle and moved onto banjo. With friend and neighbor Kirk Sutphin, Baugus honed his musical skills, visiting elder traditional musicians throughout North Carolina and Virginia. His connections would eventually lead to an opportunity to work with Dirk Powell on the soundtrack to the Academy Award-winning film Cold Mountain. His 2006 recording, The Long Steel Rail, being reviewed by Billboard Magazine heralding it as a “quintessential American old-time music. The instrumental component is impeccable, while Baugus’ vocals sound like they’ve been echoing through the Appalachian Mountains for about 150 years.” In 2008 he returned to the studio in Nashville to contribute to the Grammy Award winning Album of the Year Raising Sand with Alison Krauss and Robert Plant. Two years later, his banjo playing was featured on Willie Nelson’s Grammy nominated recording Country Music.
Via’s songs come from being raised and living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. A well-known figure in bluegrass/newgrass circles, Via has spent more than 20 years singing, songwriting and performing. He began playing guitar at an early age and began playing blues from coast to coast while in college.
Over the years, Via has played in a variety of lineups, having also picked up the mandolin. David Via and Corn Tornado have released two cds, It All Comes Down to a Song and In a Holler on a Mountain. The current Corn Tornado lineup features Daniel Knicely, John Flower and “Fiddly Dave” Van Deventer. Frequent guests in performance have included Curtis Burch, Woody Wood, Tommy Morse, David Knicely, and Donica Christensen.
A recent finalist in the Mountain Stage new song competition, and is a 3-time winner of the MerleFest Songwriters’ Award. His song “Left this Country Boy (Sittin’ all Alone)”, was chosen as one of the decade’s Top 200 Bluegrass Songs and was a top ten on the IBMA bluegrass chart. Via and Corn Tornado were chosen by BMI, ASCAP, Sony Records, TNN and the Nashville Entertainment Association as one of the Top 20 Unsigned Bands in America.
Via’s newest release, All Night Long, features his award-winning songwriting and soulful vocals support by bluegrass buddies Dan Tyminski, Rod McCourey, Ronnie Bowman, Randy Kohrs and many others.
For additional information on this free event, please contact John Null at 910-276-9745.
About St. Andrews Presbyterian College
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