A Patchwork June

What makes a concert fun? A lot of things, yes, but one factor is whether the performers are having a good time. When performers genuinely like one another and enjoy playing together, that translates to the audience. Rick Garrett and Holly Smith of Patchwork are two people that I totally and completely love being around. Not only are they wonderful musicians, they're just all around good folks. When Patchwork and I get together to play music, we never know what to expect. Set lists are quickly abandoned, and we follow a variety of musical themes. Some things are certain, though, we always have fun, and it's always an entertaining evening. June brings us together for two concerts, one on June 17 at the Pixy Theater in Edinburgh and another on June 25 at Madison Christian Church in Frankton. Two shows with Patchwork in a month: now that's a double dose of fun!...
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Highlights from Otterbein

The Otterbein Community Concert Series is a great way to spend an evening if you like live acoustic folk and roots music. Last night was no exception. As exciting as it was to play the feature set, I was more thrilled to meet Brian Keith Wallen and hear him play and sing. Brian is a young and gifted singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, and he's developing quite a knack for various styles of music. He treated us to blues, bluegrass, a few folk hymns and a couple of his original songs last night. He only played guitar and fiddle during his set, but I went home with a full set of CDs, and I'm here to tell you, this young man is talented on many fronts! Many thanks to Rick Garrett, Patchwork and Otterbein United Methodist Church for putting on this concert series and promoting folk and roots music in the Midwest....
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Otterbein Community Concert Series, April 30

The Otterbein Community Concert Series is a folk- and family-friendly concert series hosted by Otterbein United Methodist Church, near Greenfield, Ind. The series is in its second year, and a big tip o' the hat goes to Rick Garrett, who organizes and promotes the series, and to the church for hosting the series. I performed at the Otterbein last summer as an opening act, and it was a thrill to be invited back this year as the headliner for this month's show on Saturday, April 30. Brian Wallen will be the opening act that evening. The music starts at 7:00. Admission is free, but they do pass the hat in order to provide a little something for the artists and for the church that hosts the event. This will be my last show before heading down to the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Ark., for Thumbpicking Weekend and the national thumbpicking contest, May 13-14. So concert-goers can expect to hear a...
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