Once again the historic American music duo Lost Radio Rounders and the McKownville United Methodist Church are teaming up to present the springtime Third Friday Charity Concert Series, beginning on Friday (March 16).
Each of the performances will features special guest musicians joining in with Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck of the Rounders, as they explore various aspects of of late 19th and early 20th century religious music.
The concerts will take place at 7pm on Fridays in the Old Chapel at Mckownville United Methodist Church in Albany. All performances are free, but donations are appreciated. Each family-friendly concert benefits a different charity as well as MUMC. All audiences are invited to sing along.
Here’s the line-up:
FRIDAY (MARCH 16)
“Spreading the Word: Spirituals & Gospel Blues”
An exciting program of music from the black church tradition. Joining Lost Radio Rounders will be the acoustic blues duo Low ‘n Lonesome (featuring Phil Drum and Rob Adkins) and multi-instrumentalist Steven Clyde (of Ramblin Jug Stompers). Donations will benefit Skye Farm Camps.
FRIDAY, APRIL 20
“Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Gospel Songs of the Original Carter Family”
The Carter Family remains one of the great wellsprings of American music, and their catalog of gospel tunes and folk hymns is unparalleled. Songwriters Kim Kilby and M.R. Poulopoulos will be on hand to offer solo numbers and join in on sweet harmony. Donations will benefit Schoharie Flood Relief.
FRIDAY, MAY 18
“The Gospel Train: Historic American Spiritual Music”
The Gospel Train is the oldest program created by Lost Radio Rounders, and it remains the anchor for the group’s long-running career. Guitarist/vocalist Bobby Long and harmonica man Greg Haymes (of Ramblin Jug Stompers) step up to reach into the songbag. Who knows what they’ll find – Hank Williams, Blind Willie Johnson, the Louvin Brothers, Reverend Gary Davis, it’s all in there. Donations benefit Amanda’s Journey.
ADDITIONAL REAL GOOD FOR FREE EVENTS:
The Folklife Center Concert Series, Glens Falls
Guilderland Public Library’s Second Sunday Concert Series, Guilderland
The New York State Writers Institute Spring Reading & Film Series, Albany
The Schenectady County Public Library’s Beat the Snow Winter Concert Series, Schenectady