Music over the Years

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The Cabin Fever Concerts gave a great excuse to get out of the house. They have featured performers such as Walt Michael and Company, Madeline MacNeil, Jan Gillies, author/photographer, Jim Clark, The Critton Hollow String Band, The Unfortunate Rakes, Nordika, South Mountain String Band with Rock Candy Cloggers, Just4Fun and the Chorus of the Potomac, Port Righ, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Martha and Eddie Adcock with Tom Gray, the Rich Franklin Trio.

Other season concerts have brought Christine Lavin, Acoustic Eidolon, Siora Jazz, Genticorum, The April Verch Band, Sarah McQuaid, Cuarteto Rústico, Lizabeth Flood, Bruce Molsky, Sankofa Dance Theatre, Bruce Molsky, The Emily Smith Trio, Pierce Pettis, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, Ernie Hawkins, Tony Trischka, Guy Davis, Tom Chapin, Bryan Bowers, Chris Smither, Robin and Linda Williams and their Fine Group, Tim O'Brien, Johnny Staats and Robert Shafer, Ouros, Bradley Litwin, the ABS Balalaika Trio, Craobh Rua, The Paul McKenna Band, Footworks, The Honey DewDrops, Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade, and more.

The Council's Free Summer Concerts on the Lawn Series is designed especially for families. The Potomac Center has graciously allowed us use of their beautiful grounds and facilities for these relaxed free family concerts. This series has brought an impressive array of performers to our community, from The Potomac Concert Band and The Frostburg Arion Band, to folk trio, Hot Soup, and blues masters Scott Ainslie, and Cephas and Wiggins, to African dance & drumming Osubi Craig and the Prophecy Music Project. They have also featured traditional musicians from Scotland, Ireland, and Brazil, acappella gospel/folk trio Soup Kitchen, John McCutcheon, The Martin Family String Band with the Rock Candy Cloggers, Queen City Funk and Soul, and The Ladybird Singers and The Chorus of the Potomac Chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing, Pangea Steel Ensemble, The Blue Rhythm Boys, Randy Barrett and the Barretones, Resonance Steel Ensemble, Minas, Two of a Kind, The Kennedys, Ensemble Tympanon, Wolf Creek Session, Andrew Reissinger with Jonathon Byrd, The Hula Monsters, Magpie, and Old Sledge.

In conjunction with Hampshire Heritage Days, the Arts Council has sponsored performances in both middle schools as well as public performances by Sparky Rucker, and Ilene Evans and Richard Smith. The Arts Council also brought Mountain's Stage's Julie Adams and the Rhino Boys to headline Heritage Days 2001 entertainment. A Heritage Days performance by participants in the Arts Council's 1999 summer arts camp showed off some of our local youths' talents.

The Arts Council has organized community square dances, hosted the US Air Force Band of Flight's Clarinet Quartet and the Shepherd University Jazz Band, classical Trio Chorda, and a public performance of Duncan Inches as Shakespeare. The Arts Council has also showcased such local musical talents as the First United Methodist Church's Bell Choirs, Hilary Hott, Aaron Eiler and Clarke Morgret, Ophelia String Band, and the HHS Jazz Ensemble. In conjunction with the Arts Council's Annual Meeting in March, an open mike session has often provided an opportunity to hear a range of members' talents, as well as students from Hampshire High School's drama club and Young Writers' winners.

In addition, the Ice Mountain Writers' arm of the Arts Council for several years presented an annual Evening of Readings and Music, featuring both visiting writers/poets/songwriters such as Colleen Anderson, Kate Long, Grace Cavalieri, Ann Pancake, and Dennis Jay along with our own talented Ice Mountain Writers.

The Arts Council has offered informal coffeehouse performances at Taggart Hall and The Bottling Works. Coffee House performers have included Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen, Colleen Anderson and George Castelle, the Jesse Palidofsky trio, Lady D, Todd Burge, Andrew McKnight, Bonni McKeown and Ed Morgret, Maralyn Lovell and Larry Brown, The Intrepid Jazz Trio, Micah Burgess, and Joanne Juskus.

The Arts Council assisted the Hampshire County GEAR UP Program in bringing Walt Michael and Company's "Roots Across The Water" program to the county's middle schools as part of GEAR UP's enrichment component.  It has also presented the Grammy-award-winning program, Bon Appetit! with Cathy Fink and Marci Marxer to all the county's first-through-third graders, brought classical guitarist Randall Avers and national flatpick guitar champion Robin Kessinger to Hampshire High School's guitar classes, and set up a jazz workshop with Siora Jazz for the Hampshire High Jazz Band.

The Arts Council successfully obtained grant funding for many of these performances, with valuable local support in meeting grant match requirements. The Bank of Romney sponsored the Free Summer Concert on the Lawn Series and FNB Romney sponsored our Fall/Winter/Spring concerts. The Loy Foundation, Romney Moose Lodge #1371, GFWC Romney, and Augusta Animal Hospital have also helped make concerts possible as regular sponsors. More recently individual members chose to support selected concerts as sponsors.

HCAC has regularly received financial assistance from the WV Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.