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Be Ready for String Music to Be the Talk of the Carman Community Room

7 years ago

When Skip Murphy and His Merry Pranksters opened the Fall Music Series on Sunday, Sept. 17, the string work was accomplished by a variety of guitarists.

PrankstersFB23Dave Schneider and Mark Gibson kept the roots music fans happy by holding forth with their strings held horizontally, and Mike Ranger's bass work helped set the solid foundation for singer Sharon Allen, keyboardist Dave Liddy, drummer Wayne Stevens and front man Murphy in much the same manner.

PrankstersFB27Over on the right side, though, it was the pedal steel guitar sound of George Newton that often set the group apart from what patrons find in the CCR.

George Newton's pedal steel layer works a spell during 'Teach Your Children' in the Carman Community Room.

The second installment of Pranksters, Fiddlers, Dulcimers and Harpers brings yet another variety of strings to the CCR at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15.


The Jefferson String Quartet will include Sonya Williams and Edgar Tumajyan on violin, Lindsay Groves on cello and Dana Huyge on viola.

Classical music, yes.

Traditional string quartet show, no.

"We will show how the instruments can have conversations, be competitive, chase each other, be sweet and supportive or shocking," Groves says.

More to come before series show three, Sunday Nov. 19, with Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn, folk players with the hammered dulcimer and guitar.