BRATTLEBORO -- The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library host a concert with former Christy Minstrel singer Jackie Davidson and Michigan folksinger Gary Brandt, on Friday at 7:30 p.m., at the American Legion Hall, 32 Linden St.
Davidson and Brandt continue the rich tradition of folk music with their program, which they call "Singing the Good Old Songs Again."
Davidson and Brandt combine "classic" and original folk songs into an energetic, entertaining and fun show. There is audience interaction, participation and humor, along with personal insight and stories.
Davidson started at age 15 in music as a church organist and attended BYU, She moved to southern California and joined the trio The Randy Sparks 3. They eventually became the Grammy Award-winning The New Christy Minstrels and soon became regulars on "The Andy Williams Show."
As a member of the New Chrusty Minstrels, Davidson sang with many well-known entertainers such as Sammy Davis Jr., Tennessee Ernie Ford, Kate Smith, Carol Channing and others. With the Minstrels, she had the honor of performing at the White House for President Johnson, at Carnegie Hall with Alan Sherman, at The Hollywood Bowl, and accompanying Al Hirt on her banjo at the Greek Theatre in Hollywood.
Brandt is a popular folklorist, singer and songwriter from Michigan. A retired educator and coach, he has shifted to full time performing. He has composed songs and performances for such
Brandt’s song "Somewhere In Montana" has been featured in western poetry publications. His new songs for 2012 include "Singing The Good Old Songs Again," the theme song for the show. Other new songs include "Going To Tennessee" and "I Sang My Songs In California," which he wrote with his good friend and former New Christy Minstrel member, Art Podell.
Brandt carries on the tradition of folk music with a 12-string guitar, a good song, a humorous story and a voice that reflects the rich tradition of American Folk Music.
For information, visit www.jackieandgary.com/home to hear some of their songs.
Admission is by suggested donation of $12. Tickets are available at the door and at the library’s main circulation desk. Tickets may also be purchased at Vermont Artisans, In the Moment and Everyone’s Books.
Proceeds benefit the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library, which was organized in 1990 to support the library in providing the highest quality library service to the community by means of advocacy, public relations and fundraising.