|Kelly Armor & David Sturtevant||Laurie Rose Griffin & Peter Mealy|
Special Thanksgiving Show
For the past six years Kelly Armor and David Sturtevant have been playing a hybrid of East African traditional, American old-timey, and their own original music on a plethora of instruments at folk festivals, concerts, coffeehouses, churches and schools.
They come by their unique sound honestly. Kelly Armor studied flute and composition at Yale before spending 2-1/2 years in Kenya and Tanzania. There she lived with native people and collected songs, folklore and instruments. David Sturtevant grew up listening to and accompanying the fiddle playing of his father. Dave's songs reflect his old-time roots and his lifetime of living along the Great Lakes. In 1993 he was a finalist in the Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Contest. His songs have been covered by John Kirk, Dan Duggan, Neil & Leandra and Sue Trainor.
Armor and Sturtevant's first release, Spring Day, received national radio airplay and garnered live interviews and performances on major public radio stations across the U.S. Their latest recording You Dance Like You Drive is currently enjoying airplay. This is their third appearance at the Fredericksburg Songwriters’ Showcase where they remain one of Bob Gramann’s favorite acts.
Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Mealy have been performing together for five years. In that time, they have established themselves as one of the preeminent acts in contemporary folk music. Their diverse musical backgrounds have enabled them to infuse folk, jazz, celtic and rock into their repertoire of compelling covers and award winning originals. They have performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and were finalists in the New Folk songwriting competion in Kerrville Texas. Laurie and Peter have received 10 WAMMIE nominations and their CD Tocoi Light won a WAMMIE for Best Debut album of 1996.
Laurie remains one of the most emotive, intuitive vocalists on the scene today inspiring World Folk Music Association's Dick Cerri to comment: "it's easy to fall in love when you hear her sing." Peter's creative guitar playing has earned him a monthly column in Acoustic Musician magazine. Laurie and Peter are committed to bringing unsung songwriters to a wider audience and their second album, expected in the new millenium, will present works by several lesser known regional artists as well as their own award winning original songs. Peter Mealy was one of the founders of the Fredericksburg Songwriters’ Showcase and has been instrumental in its continued success.
Kelly Armor & David Sturtevant | Laurie Rose Griffin & Peter Mealy
Bob GramannAlso take a look at Bob Gramann's Web page that contains information about performing at Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase
122 Laurel Avenue
Fredericksburg VA 22408
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