Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 1:00 P.M.
Finding Good News Inside The Blues… that’s a message Hayden Carruth will share in his folk concert at St. John’s later this month. The ’blues’ makes us aware that things are not right. In community and prayers spoken and sung, we can find grace, hope and strength to act…. to get ‘right.’
Featured songs include "If I Had A Hammer"? and "How Can I Keep From Singing?" Through acoustic music— mostly guitar, banjo, and mandola— Carruth delivers authenticity, evocative melodies and lyrics that are a mirror of life, and full of love and joy.
Delightful and inspiring, Hayden Carruth’s concerts include something for everyone and plenty of audience participation. The pacing and variety of this roots, blues & Americana musician’s performance will keep the instruments circulating and promises to keep the young & young at heart engaged & entertained! St. John's will host an ice cream social immediately following the concert.
Here's what to expect, in the singer's own words:
WHAT I PLAY
My first instrument was guitar. When I heard Freight Train by Elizabeth Cotton, I became fascinated with the intricacies and happy grooves of fingerstyle "Piedmont" or East Coast Blues. Delta Blues and acoustic renditions of Chicago Blues followed naturally. So I started saving money for a Martin guitar...
But I got impatient and bought an antique banjo instead! My hero, Pete Seeger, wrote an introduction to the 5-string banjo with hand-drawn charts, and I lived with it for hours a day for most of a year. I was immediately drawn to the haunting and lively music of Southern Appalachia and began learning old ballads, and lively dance tunes. Just one problem...
I also wanted to play the lilting and sometimes driving songs of ancient Ireland and Scotland, and neither the guitar or banjo captured the sound in my head. Enter the mandola (overgrown mandolin). Popular in Celtic music, the mandola provides both a percussive rhythm and sweet melodic line. Guitars, banjo, mandola: there you have it!?
WHY IT MATTERS
The music of Ireland, Appalachia, and the Missisippi River follow the settling of America. Early immigrants came in great numbers from Ireland and Scotland, settled on the east coast, moved into the Appalachian mountains, and finally, settled in the Mississippi River valley. This bit of geography underscores for me the important understanding that we are a nation of immigrants, and that everyone comes from somewhere else. As such, our lives and stories are of great and equal value. More than that, we are worthy of love and respect. This is why I think of the struggles and hopes of my audience, and do my best to encourage and empower them in every concert.
Artist website is www.haydencarruthmusic.com
Listen to select songs www.haydencarruthmusic.com/listen
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