Sunday, July 11, 2010

Parlor Concert

It may sound stuffy but it was far from it.  This afternoon James and I attended a concert held in the parlor of a beautiful establishment in Lexington - Brierly Hill B&B.  The setting was beautiful and had amazing views of the mountains.  The attendees, only 22 of us, got to know each other a little bit more than maybe you would at another concert because of the intimate setting.  The entertainer - Charlie Zahm.

Our friend, Liz, sponsored the concert and I feel honored to have been on the guest list.  We never heard of Charlie but she had recently sent us some CDs of his so we had a little idea of what to expect.  Charlie has a rich baritone voice and sings traditional folk tunes, many of them Celtic, and songs that tell stories of the sea, cowboys, the Civil War and love.  I'll also note that he lives only an hour and 20 minutes from where I grew up, which we learned while talking to him at intermission - nice guy.  Not only was he friendly while talking to him face-to-face but while performing he looked us in the eyes and also told stories of how he came to write a song or the origination of a traditional folk song.  I love when performers do that.  Here's a sample of his singing

Once again James and I are reminded of how lucky we are to live in a place where music is such a huge part of the culture.  Thank you Liz and Charlie.

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