Quartet Brings Unique Talents To Tcca Program

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Wood's Tea Company, the first featured artist in the Tonto Community Concert Association's silver season, is a musical group that defies categorization.

Brought back by popular demand for the association's 25th season, the four men will bring their unique talents to a performance at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 8 in the Payson High School Auditorium.

The group includes Mike Lussen, who plays the five-string banjo, guitar, bodhran and bezouki; Rusty Jacobs on tin whistles, guitar and bodhran; Howard Wooden on bass, guitar and concertina; and Chip Chase on fiddle, banjo and guitar. All four men contribute to the vocal arrangements and the on-stage shenanigans.

They perform Celtic tunes, bluegrass, sea shanties and folk songs and have recorded seven albums.

Based in Vermont, the group's roots were with small college audiences, coffeehouses and Irish pubs. After building a solid regional reputation, Wood's Tea Company started touring the nation and have since performed at New York's Lincoln Center and on National Public Radio.

Single tickets for the Tonto Community Concert Association program will be available at the door for $20 per person, or series tickets may be purchased for $50 per person.

For more information about single ticket sales or purchasing a series subscription, call 474-4515; 474-6115 or 474-8553 or visit the association's website www.tccarim.org.

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