Jackson Park concert series kicks off with the Celtibillies

celtibilliesBy JENNIFER WADE



The Town of Pulaski and the Fine Arts Center would like to announce the beginning of their “Summer Concert Series” on Friday, June 27 with the Celtibillies.

Bluegrass Unlimited describes the music of the Celtibillies as “a masterful work of art that transcends all musical genres.”  The band began in 1994 as a contradance band.  They explored the deeply rooted connections between Celtic music and the Appalachian music of their native southwest Virginia.  Band members Becky Barlow (hammered dulcimer, keyboard and bodhran), Jack Hinshelwood (fiddle, guitar and harmonica), Tim Sauls (banjo, bouzouki, fiddle and guitar) and Jeff Hofmann (bass) work together to perform a mixture of vocal arrangements, jigs, reels, waltzes, strathspeys and breakdowns.

The Celtibillies have performed at many venues including the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Savannah Folk Festival, the WIlliamsburg Scottish Festival, Bele Chere, the Virginia Highlands Festival, the Blue Ridge Music Center and the Chesapeake Celtic Festival.  In addition, their performances have also been featured on WBRA Public TV and the nationally syndicated Song of the Mountains PBS series.

The concert series will be held in Jackson Park (across from the municipal building in downtown Pulaski) and are free and open to the public.  The Celtibillies will be the premiere performance on June 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Upcoming events are scheduled for July 18 with Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome, August 1 with Stone Canyon’s Contemporary band, August 15 with the Buck Nelson Band, and August 29 with the Billy Crawford Band.  For more information, contact the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley at 980-7363.




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