Picker's Supply Presents

Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase
A Monthly "In the Round" Concert Series Featuring Original Acoustic Music

Friday, October 25, 8 to 10 pm

This Month's Songwriters ...

Bruce Davies

Barry Fitzgerald

Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Mealy

Pat White

Picker's Supply Concert hall
902 Caroline St., Fredericksburg, VA (entrance in alley around back)
Admission $5.00

Bruce Daviess a versatile and faithful interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk songs. His voice has received much critical acclaim, as has his mastery of six- and twelve-string guitar. He draws his material from a variety of sources -- initially Scottish folk music, then expanding to encompass a broad range of popular and folk music. Bruce comes from Kingskettle, Fife (near Edinburgh, Scotland), and has been recording since 1985. He joined up with fellow Scotsman Bill McArthur in the highly successful duo Beggar's Mantle. In over seven years together, the pair recorded four albums, and performed extensively in venues ranging from the smallest clubs to 2000-seat auditoriums. In 1989, Bruce began a solo career. He plays over 200 dates a year, mainly in Scotland, England and Wales, and has toured in Germany, Nigeria, and the western U. S. WILL YE NO' COME BACK AGAIN? is Bruce's first U. S. release.

Barry Fitzgerald compares his songwriting to prospecting. Glittering flakes of ideas, phrases, and tunes aren't uncommon, but nuggets worth polishing are rare, and could turn out to be fool's gold when assayed by an audience. Barry digs in a country/folk vein, despite the odds against hitting the mother lode. He and his wife, Ruth, came to Fredericksburg from the Midwest in 1968 after serving as Peace Corps Volunteers in the Philippines. He has been heard throughout the U.S. on All Things Considered singing his protest against Wal-Mart's occupation of Ferry Farm "Uncle Sam Would Be Ashamed."

Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Mealy have been thrilling audiences in the Fredericksburg and greater Mid-Atlantic areas for over two years. Their stunning guitar work, strikingly original songwriting, and captivating harmonies grab the attention of musicians and non-musicians alike. Their new CD Tocoi Light features sixty wonderful minutes of the most compelling songs and performances of contemporary acoustic music.

Another member of the Athens songwriting mafia,Pat White has the ability to write songs that sound instantly familiar. He creates characters in his songs that are three dimensional and believable while weaving them into his own life's experiences supported by his fluent guitar style. He wrote "Easy Way to Live" for Laurie Rose Griffith. Pat is currently working on his first album.

The November show is at 8 p.m. on November 29 (the day after Thanksgiving--bring all those visiting relatives to a show they can't get at home). It features Gaye Adegbalola, Sarah Greene, Ron Fetner, and Marc Carraway.

The December show on December 27 features Chet Lowther, Max Ochs, and 2 players to be named later.

The January 31, '97 show features Barb Martin. Stephen Bennett, Pete Fields, and Al Raposo.

Links to other Songwriters Showcase Web pages

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