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‘The Piano Man’ is coming to Middlesex

Jeff Little

On Saturday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. Jeff Little and his band will take the stage at St. Clare Walker Middle School at Locust Hill. Little has a “wondrously quick and articulate piano style. He is tricky and playful, yet always intelligent and richly melodic,” said The Boston Globe.

Little’s involvement with fiddle tunes, old-time country, and rockabilly dates to his growing up in Boone, N.C., where his father owned a music shop. The shop was a regular gathering place for musicians who would just stop by to pick a few tunes. Beginning around the age of 6, he would regularly sit in with many of the musicians from the region, including the musician who set the national standard for picking fiddle tunes on the guitar—Doc Watson. These influences helped shape Little’s approach to the piano which is based on these deep musical traditions. But there is also an echo of more contemporary mountain tradition in Little’s performances.

From fiddle tunes to rockabilly, Little has taken these traditional roots to tour around the world, including performances in Sri Lanka, Oman, France and Tanzania. Other performances include The Smithsonian Institution, National Public Radio, Folk Masters, and The National Council for Traditional Arts “American Piano Masters.”

Tickets are on sale now at the Urbanna Library, Deltaville Library, Cyndy’s Bynn, River Birch Gifts, The Medicine Shoppe, Nauti Nell’s, Coffman’s, Twice Told Tales, and Something Different Country Store and Deli. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Middlesex County Public Library. 

posted 03.04.2009

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