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Slight Departure

From August 12, 3:00 pm until August 12, 4:30 pm
Posted by Alan Womack
Categories: Musical Events
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Music that no one can pigeonhole. Is it Old Time? Is it Bluegrass? Folk? C & W? Western Swing? About all we can say is, no matter what it is, it is filtered through the traditional acoustic instruments indigenous to western North Carolina.


Alan Darveaux (Appalachian Dulcimer) has followed the lure and the lore of the Appalachian dulcimer since 1967. His performing career has earned him many accolades, including being judged the first Kentucky State Dulcimer Champion, and the Grand Champion in the mountain dulcimer category at Harper Van Hoy's Old Time Fiddle Convention in Union Grove, NC. He was a featured performer at the National Australian Folk Festival in 1986 and placed in the top five in dulcimer performance at the National Flat-Picking Championships in Winfield, Kansas in 2001. Alan is also a trained professional woodworker, fine artist, and dulcimer builder. His instruments are well respected in the dulcimer world, and scores of them have found permanent homes with players all over the USA and in several other countries. In addition, he has traveled the length and breadth of the country from Bar Harbor, Maine to Orcas Island, Washington, presenting educational workshops on dulcimer playing and theory. Jeff Haslam (mandolin) was raised on Peter, Paul, and Mary and the Kingston Trio, followed up by Simon and Garfunkel and the Beatles. Recognizing his talent for music at a young age, his great uncle Virgil gave him a ukulele to start on, and ultimately presented him with his 1948 Gibson jumbo guitar. Following college graduation Jeff teamed up with his wife Kim Henry and began playing bars and coffee houses, eventually taking up Kim’s mandolin. He has played electric guitar and pedal steel guitar in numerous bands and has been influenced by musicians from Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead, to Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, to fellow “Tryonite” Nina Simone. Jeff recently established the “Mr. Jeff Music” channel on YouTube, featuring kid’s songs he has performed over the years in his capacity as an Infant/Toddler educator for young children with special needs.

Sherill Keever (guitar, bowed psaltery, strumstick) In the late ‘50s and into the ‘60s, Keever’s older sister always had AM radio stations playing as he readied himself for school, and in the mid ’60s an electric guitar found its way into his hands. He grew up playing beach and soul music, Chuck Berry, The Ventures, folk, The Beatles, old country, crooners, acoustic blues, Doc Watson, and others who grabbed his attention. During his career working in Creative Therapy for the state of North Carolina, Keever was regularly called upon to perform varied types of music at the state facility where he worked.

Molly Barrett (violin and fiddle) began her study of the violin at the age of four. Graduating from Appalachian State University with a music degree, she was a member of the Appalachian State Orchestra and the Liberace Quartet. Later, she returned to Emory and Henry College in Virginia where she completed Suzuki Violin teacher training with SAA Teacher Trainer, Libby Armour. Currently, Molly holds the Assistant Principal 2nd violin position with the Western Piedmont Symphony. She also enjoys old time and Celtic fiddle music and in 1999 she was awarded the title of Junior Old Time Fiddle Champion at Fiddler’s Grove in Union Grove, NC.

Jon Dana (electric bass, guitar) played trombone, baritone horn, and tuba in school music programs every year from second grade to high school graduation, picking up the guitar at age twelve. By age sixteen guitar had become his primary instrument, and that same year he took up learning electric bass. In performance Jon has played solo classical and fingerstyle guitar, as well as playing with concert bands and classical orchestras, jazz bands and combos, rock and roll bands, Irish and Celtic groups, Bluegrass outfits, and lots of other groupings and genres. Among other highlights he has performed with student groups at the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Berklee School of Music, played in musical theater at Charleston's Spoleto Festival USA, and spent five years as a member of The Bograts and Dearg Muin, the "House Bands" at Tommy Condon's Irish Pub in Charleston.

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