West Virginia University at Parkersburg NEWS
Feb. 19, 2010
WVU Parkersburg hosting March 7th Spring Fever concert.
CONTACT: Dr. Rebecca Phillips, professor of English, 304-424-8282.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Local musicians will join together Sunday, March 7 for "Spring Fever: A Concert for the Bulgaria Project."
The 2 p.m. concert will be held in the multi-purpose room at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
Featured performers will include singer-songwriter Don Baker; bluegrass favorites Union Valley, and Still Crazy featuring WVU Parkersburg faculty musicians Chase Brady and Mark Bruce).
Concert tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for WVU Parkersburg students. They are available in the WVU Parkersburg business office and the college's Office for Global Initiatives. Proceeds will benefit a study abroad scholarship fund.
Baker credits everything he has ever listened to as influences on his music, and his original songs include not only traditional folk and country pieces but hints of reggae and jazz. He recently released his second CD of all original music and is a regular at Todd Burge’s Songwriter Nights and John Radcliff’s Song Pulls. Other local songwriters have said of him that he “never wrote a bad song.”
Union Valley is a newer bluegrass band from the Parkersburg/Marietta area. The group plays a variety of music, ranging from old-time music and gospel to more contemporary bluegrass works and a number of original songs. Its members include mandolinist and mandolin maker Gene Burgy of Newark, WV; bassist John Barnett of Parkersburg; guitarist (and Parkersburg fire chief) Eric Chichester, and banjo player Doug Norman of McConnelsville, Ohio. Classically trained WVU Parkersburg student Becky McClung plays the fiddle and is a vocalist with Union Valley. Currently completing her student teaching, she has said that raising money for a scholarship fund is her way of giving back to the people who have helped her complete her education.
Still Crazy is a newly-formed band featuring veteran musicians who have performed in the area for many years. Bruce, Steve McDougle, and Marty McFee first performed together in the band Road Work in the 1980’s, after which Bruce and McFee provided two parts of the four-part harmonies of Too Far Gone. McDougle has been omnipresent in local music for decades, playing instruments as varied as guitar and clarinet in various groups and venues, including the Smoot Theater Orchestra. Brady has been part of the open mic scene, Songwriter Nights, and previous Bulgaria Project concerts. He joined forces with Bruce, McFee, and McDougle during the recording of his most recent CD. Still Crazy performs a mix of originals, classic rock, and alternative country music.
The WVU Parkersburg Bulgaria Project began in September 2001 with the writing of a Fulbright grant that sent a group of WVU Parkersburg faculty and students to Bulgaria for a month. Since then, there have been faculty and student exchanges, and the next phase of the project is a four-week study abroad experience for WVU Parkersburg students in Bulgaria in 2011.
Proceeds from the concert will go toward a scholarship fund to defray the cost to students. The scholarship fund is also the beneficiary of a donation from Jackson County luthier George Lamb, a retired WVU Parkersburg faculty member. A drawing will take place at the concert for a custom guitar of West Virginia woods made by Lamb.
Additional information is available by contacting Rebecca Phillips, professor of English, at 304-424-8282.
For additional information, contact:
(304-424-8203 - Office)