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The Pea Ridge Ramblers

At Barking Legs Theater



Matt Kinman and Jonathan Ferrell Duo:
American Balladeers
SAT, July 31@ 8 pm

Any of you who were at the Georgia Crackers show at Barking Legs a couple of months ago will remember Matt Kinman and Jonathan Ferrell as the guys who blew us all away in a short, impromptu set opening for the Crackers (one Cracker being caught in traffic). Matt was no surprise to the Old Time fans in the audience, but he was a revelation to folks like me who are newer to the music. His fiddling was understated but radiant and his vocals were otherworldly. I've since then heard him as a member of the Roan Mtn Hilltoppers, as well as fronting a rock 'n' roll band, and he was once a member of the Old Crow Medicine show. He has played with Oldtime Serenaders, Leroy Troy and Marty Stewart. Matt is also a great old time flatfoot style dancer, and I expect he'll have that going on, too. Jonathan has  performed with the Cumberland River Plow Boys. These multi-instrumentalists will keep the fiddles, guitars and banjos moving, and they'll move you right along with them. Not to be missed!

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At Barking Legs Theater


Alan Jabbour & Ken Perlman

FRI, Oct 22 @ 8 pm


Alan Jabbour was born in 1942 in Jacksonville, Florida.  A violinist by early training, he put himself through college at the
University of Miami playing classical music.  While a graduate student at Duke University in the 1960s, he began documenting
oldtime fiddlers in the Upper South.  Documentation turned to apprenticeship, and he relearned the fiddle in the style of the Upper
South from musicians like Henry Reed of Glen Lyn, Virginia, and Tommy Jarrell of Toast, North Carolina. He taught a repertory of
oldtime fiddle tunes to his band, the Hollow Rock String Band, which was an important link in the instrumental music revival in the 1960s.

After receiving his Ph.D. in 1968, he taught English, folklore, and ethnomusicology at UCLA in 1968-69.  He then moved to Washington, D.C., for over thirty years of service with Federal cultural agencies.  He was head of the Archive of Folk Song at the
Library of Congress 1969-74, director of the folk arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts 1974-76, and director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress 1976-99. Since his retirement, he has turned enthusiastically to a life of
writing, consulting, lecturing, and playing the fiddle.

Superb instrumentalist, acclaimed teacher of instrumental skills, gifted performer, award-winning folklorist, Ken Perlman is surely a welcome addition to any festival or concert-series lineup. Ken is both a pioneer of the 5-string banjo style known as "melodic clawhammer," and a master of fingerstyle guitar. He is considered one of the top clawhammer players in the world, known in particular for his skillful adaptations of Celtic tunes to the style. On guitar, Ken's sparkling finger-picked renditions of traditional Celtic and Southern fiddle tunes are simply not to be missed.

He draws his material from traditional sources -- the music of Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island and the American South. His approach to the music, however, is highly innovative. He has developed many new instrumental techniques, and much of his repertoire has never before been played on 5-string banjo or guitar.

"For Old-Time music enthusiasts, Alan Jabbour and Ken Perlman are rock stars, without the microphones and trendy hair." The Falmouth Enterprise

Hamilton Fiddles with Flying Fingers Productions presents

The Georgia Crackers
SAT, Dec 11@ 8 pm
Take a trip back in time to the early era of Country Music. Before Hank Williams or Bill Monroe & his Bluegrass Boys, Georgia musicians such as Fiddlin’ John Carson, Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers, and many others pioneered the golden age of “Hillbilly Stingbands”. The Georgia Crackers faithfully re-create the vintage sound of the 1920’s, while keeping alive the spirit of spontaneity and improvisation. Their irreverent stage banter is always a crowd pleaser as is the buck dancing of Ms. Edmonstone. An original member of the world famous Green Grass Cloggers, Andy Edmonstone also plays the standup bass. Along with old time singer, Kenneth Johnson (Pea Ridge Ramblers) on guitar and Chip Corbitt on clawhammer banjo, this rhythm section holds it down for Fiddlin’ Mick Kinney. Kinney has a unique but authentic fiddle style. When asked for his secret, Mick says, “steal licks from the best” and “keep it hot and greasy, but take it easy”. Join the Georgia Crackers as they reach back for that old time feel and surge forward in a rush so entertaining it’s mesmerizing.