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Folk group brings familiar favorites to Rim Country

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Students in area schools will enjoy a special “encore” performance by the noted folk music group The Woods Tea Co. of Vermont at 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 12. The public performance of the group, part of the 2008-2009 season of the Tonto Community Concert Association will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12 in the auditorium at Payson High School. For information about single tickets, call (928) 478-4363.

The Wood’s Tea Company, an acoustic group that performs fiery Celtic tunes, bluegrass, sea shanties, and American folk songs with ease and skill brings its unique sound to the Rim Country with a performance Feb. 12. During the show they use as many as a dozen different instruments, including banjos and bouzoukis, guitars and bodhrans, and traditional tin whistles.

The performance is part of the Tonto Community Concert Association (TCCA) 2008-2009 season. The concert is at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12 at the Payson High School auditorium. The group will also present a program for students at 10 a.m.

Wood’s Tea Company includes: Howard Wooden, Vocals, bass, guitar, bodhrans;Mike Lussen, vocals, five string banjo, bodhran, bouzouki, guitar; Tom MacKenzie,vocals, hammered dulcimer, banjo, guitar, ukulele; and Patti Casey, vocals, guitar, flute, pennywhistle, and clogboard.

After building a solid reputation in New England, Wood’s Tea Company started touring on the concert circuit nationwide, eventually playing in all of the lower 48 states. Notable performances include New York’s Lincoln Center (twice), the Chautauqua Institute (three times), appearances on PBS and national Public Radio, who labeled them “Vermont’s hardest working folk group”

Folk Music Quarterly described them as ‘…one of the hottest up and coming acts,” saying “…sidestepping pretension and going for the grit, this New England group gives a lusty performance, every time.” A few years ago, the Irish Heritage Foundation honored the group with their “Outstanding Innovation Award “…in appreciation and recognition for their creative contributions to Irish music.”

Wood’s Tea Company performs about 120 days a year, playing at venues ranging from town greens to college auditoriums and churches.

This concert is the midway mark of the TCCA’s 2008-2009 season.

About TCCA

The Tonto Community Concert Association is a nonprofit organization that brings high quality concerts to Arizona Rim Country at an affordable price. The all-volunteer group also supports other performing arts activities in the region. The concerts feature artists of national and international reputation and are held at the Payson High School auditorium.

Its upcoming performances include:

The Duttons

Monday, March 2, 2009, 7 p.m.

Featuring a wide array of musical genres, the Dutton family combines beautiful vocal harmony, instrumental virtuosity and high-energy dancing and heart-warming comedy that will keep everyone entertained and will leave all who watch with a smile. The variety and versatility are astounding. Throughout the show, each Dutton plays at least six different instruments and each song features something uniquely different. American Jukebox

Sunday, March 22, 2009, 2:30 p.m.

Celebrate the very best of America’s Top Pop music with Matt Davenport Productions’ acclaimed show, American Jukebox. The live 6-piece band rocks the house in 50’s, Motown, Disco, Country and Blues styles, as a cast of six incredible singers/dancers make the enormous center-stage jukebox come alive with lights and sound.

Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues

Sunday, May 10, 2009, 2:30 p.m.

Corky Siegel has earned an international reputation as one of the world’s great blues harmonica masters. He is a composer, blues pianist, and singer/songwriter. The Chamber Blues Band concerts are remarkable, hot, joyous, outrageously fun and sweep both young and old onto the blissful edge between Beethoven and B.B. King.

For single tickers or other information, call (928) 478-4363.

(Performances and dates subject to change)

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