Dell Hoyt and the South Carolina Broadcasters Assure a “Hot August Night” at First Friday for Folk!

August 4, 2010 by  
Filed under Forever Folk, Tybee Times A&E Features

An Open Invitation from Hank Weisman & The Savannah Folk Music Society

By Hank Weisman


Hank Weisman


The 170th “First Friday for Folk Music,” the Savannah Folk Music Society’s monthly showcase of local and touring folk musicians, will be on August 6th and it will be a hot show. Featured will be Central Florida’s balladeer Dell Hoyt and Charleston’s outstanding old-time duo, the South Carolina Broadcasters. The show begins at 7:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church at 520 Washington Avenue. It’s smoke-free, alcohol-free and family-friendly. There is a recommended donation of $2 per person. Beverages and fresh baked goods are available for purchase at nominal prices.

Dell Hoyt’s rich blend of folk, blues, country and comedy bring back the old ways while his contemporary styles remind of the 1960s and today.  With a musical background in folk, blues, gospel, jazz, rock and country, this versatile entertainer has a talent that ranges from his original “Cries” about Florida’s endangered species to the ‘rousing’ “Somebody Touched Me.” This traditional folk singer/songwriter with smooth vocal styling and warm finger-style guitar or driving banjo is a person with a love of American and Irish music evident in his performances from the traditional “Bonnie Lass of Fenario” to the more contemporary “Who Will Watch The Home Place.”

In the early 1960s, Dell Hoyt began “playing out” in the Orlando, Florida area with Savannah Folk Music Society president Hank Weisman. Both were still in high school when they formed “The Helmsmen” and started to appear at Orlando’s “The Folksinger”, Winter Park’s “Carerra Room” and other local schools, clubs and functions. The two reunited at a First Friday thirteen years ago and now have another chance to appear on the same stage. In the summer of 2007, Ivy Lindley and David Sheppard joined together to form The South Carolina Broadcasters, an old-time duo featuring fiddle, banjo, guitar, and close harmony singing. They specialize in the songs of the Carter Family and traditional Appalachian mountain music. They present professional, lively and entertaining performances that showcase their musical ability. From raucous clawhammer numbers, to traditional Cajun two-steps (sung in French), The Broadcasters never disappoint with both something familiar and something new. Audiences always clamor for more. The South Carolina Broadcasters have performed at numerous notable places including Spoleto USA, the legendary Bill Well’s Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor in W. Columbia, S.C. and Brooklyn’s Jalopy Theatre.  The South Carolina Broadcasters were named “Traditional Duo of the Year” by the S.C. Old-Time Music Association for 2009.

With the annual Savannah Folk Music festival coming up the second weekend in October, the art guitars and autographed instruments are rolling in for the “Noteworthy Art” auction  that helps make the Festival free to the public. A Pete Seeger signed banjo and Doc Watson signed guitar are featured items. Guitars painted by local artists provide a colorful and creative selection for home décor. This year’s Festival features Karla Bonoff and Otis Taylor. Lots of great events, like the Festival, are planned for this Fall.

For information about SFMS, call Hank Weisman at 912-786-6953. Visit: Savannah Folk Music Society on the web.

(Below: samples of some of the fabulous artwork already submitted for this year’s Savannah Folk Music Festival)

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