Forever Folk

January 23, 2010 by  
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An Open Invitation from Hank Weisman & The Savannah Folk Music Society


Hank Weisman

New Year’s fireworks goes on all of January as the Savannah Folk Music Society starts 2010 with great music and lots of it!

First, there is “First Friday for Folk Music”, the area’s monthly showcase for both local and touring folk music talent. January’s “First Friday” will be on January 8th, avoiding the hangovers, football and other distractions of the 1st. Starting at the usual 7:30 PM at Stewart Hall of the First Presbyterian Church at 520 E. Washington Avenue in Savannah, it will be “girls on guitars.” Opening will be local favorite Jan Spillane (below) followed by Atlanta-based Rebecca Loebe (left). Both are singer/songwriters with several outstanding CDs to their credit. “First Friday” is free with a recommended donation of $2 per person.

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Next come the “Old Time Country Dances.” Yes, that is “dances” plural as two are set for January. The first is Jan. 9 and the second is Jan. 30, both at Notre Dame Academy gym at 1709 Bull Street. The first dance features the music of the Glow-in-the-Dark String Band and the second features The Hungry Monks (middle left) from Charleston, SC. Lessons for novices are at 7:30 PM and the dancing (contra, circles, squares, reels and waltzes) starts at 8:00 PM. Admission is $8 per person general public and $6 for SFMS members and students.

Last, but with great excitement and anticipation, is a concert with “The Work o’ the Weavers.” (below right) This outstanding quartet faithfully recreates the sound of the iconic folk group, The Weavers, the group that changed everything about American folk music.  The concert not only includes the best songs performed and often written by the Weavers, but tells the story of the Weaver’s formation, rise to stardom, tribulations during the infamous blacklisting period and their ultimate triumph and place in history. Their second time in Savannah, The Work o’ the Weavers delivers a great and powerful show that should not be missed. Making it even more attractive, funds from the City of Savannah’s Cultural Affairs Department and the Southern Arts Federation make it possible to have this show and a question-and answer session that follows only $8 for adults and $6 for children and students.

Looking ahead in 2010 is also exciting. “First Fridays” will include such outstanding acts a Small Potatoes, Buddy Mondlock, Dana Cooper, and the South Carolina Broadcasters. Ticketed concerts include Scotland’s Tannahill Weavers, New Englander Bill Staines, Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangson, and Montana Skies. And the 2010 Savannah Folk Music Festival will be headlines by Karla Bonoff. All in all, there’s much to please everyone in 2010’s folk music future.

For information, call Hank Weisman at 912-786-6953, or visit:

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