Amidons, Harrises and Siegel join for an evening of songs and stories


GUILFORD >> Three pillars of the local arts community, Peter and Mary Alice Amidon and Peter Siegel will join the great Kim and Reggie Harris in an evening of songs and stories. Consummate musicians and storytellers, Kim and Reggie Harris are a mini festival of diversity. They combine a strong folk and gospel legacy with a solid background in classical, rock, jazz and pop music. As socially conscious acoustic musicians and storytellers, the Harrises have been "walking the talk" for over 30 years, performing modern and historical songs that explore societal ills and proffer positive social messages. The Harrises' cultural background as African-Americans is a major component of their repertoire. Spirituals and gospel songs are liberally incorporated in their work, and they are well respected in scholastic circles for their presentations on black history for teachers and students alike, as Affiliates with the AIE Programming at The Kennedy Center.

Peter and Mary Alice Amidon are versatile and widely respected performing and teaching artists who have dedicated themselves to traditional song, dance and storytelling. The Amidons have been headliners at national music teacher conferences, summer camps of traditional song and dance, and traditional music festivals. Peter is co-music director of both the Guilford Community Church Choir, and the Hallowell hospice singers. The Amidons' choral arrangements are being sung on both sides of the Atlantic.

Peter Siegel contributes a radical chord to American Roots music. Founder and member of the local celtic/ world beat band the Gaslight Tinkers, he is influenced by the songwriting of Pete Seeger and Phil Ochs, the rugged melodies of old time and celtic fiddle tunes, the gutsy blues of the Stones, and the diaspora of beats and melodies from Cuba to Africa. His music defies categorization. As a performer he's is seen on stages nationally. He's been published in Sing Out! magazine and various fiddle tune compilations, and contributed Grammy award winning mandolin tracks on the Best Children's Album of 2011. When Peter is not touring, writing, or recording, he's a music teacher at Symonds School in Keene, NH.

Saturday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at The Guilford Community Church 38 Church Rd., Guilford. Admission is $15. For more information call 413-320-2729.


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