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    Phyllis Manley Folk Music Celebration

    Saturday March 2nd 2019

    12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    Free Admission 

    Exchange Event Space 113 W. Lexington Ave. Independence, MO. 64050

    Music, Vendors, Raffle, Silent Auction, Kids Folk Art Display.

    A benefit for Children's Art and Music programs

    Music Line up

    12:00 - Blue Moon Trio
    1:00 - Alligator Shoes
    2:00 - No Mountain String Band 
    3:00 - Simon Fink
    4:00 - Kelly Hunt with Staś Heaney
    5:00 - Havilah and Kris
    6:00 - Gary Kirkland
    7:00 - Old Sound
    8:00 - Fred Wickham and the Hadacol Caravan
    9:00 - The Pheasant Pluckers


    Blue Moon Trio


    Alligator Shoes

    Alligator Shoes is comprised of Greg McCarty and  Robert and Angie Timms. They have a wonderful variety of music to share from Folk, Americana, and vintage Rock & Roll.


    No Mountain String Band

         A Kansas City bluegrass band featuring the all-star cast of Brett Hodges, Scott Tichenor, Neal Hudson and Jim McGreevy.

    Simon Fink

         Simon Fink is a composer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. His music has been called “delicate, intriguing, shadowy, (and) suddenly new” (NPR) and “refreshing” (The Kansas City Star). He brings a wide-ranging background and classically-trained ear to genres from opera to electronic music to the American folk song. He currently writes and performs with the folk/bluegrass quartet Under the Big Oak Tree.
         Simon has received honors from the Academy of Arts and Letters, the MacDowell Colony, and the New York Youth Symphony, and his works have been featured by The Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Aspen Music Festival, and the Staunton Music Festival. His past collaborations include projects with Grammy winning musicians eighth blackbird, the Pacifica Quartet, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Kevin McMillan, and Ian Howell, as well as Uniondocs, Ensemble Iberica, and Tunisia88.
         In 2009 Simon became the first composer to win the prestigious ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award for a piece involving live-realized electronic sounds (Electric Pastoral). In 2011 he was awarded a prize for his music-architectural collaboration, Dock & Load, at the Music in Architecture — Architecture in Music Symposium at the University of Texas. In 2017 the Myanmar Music Festival commissioned two songs from him that toured throughout that country to great response.
         Simon began violin lessons at age three when some friends found an abandoned 1/8th sized violin on a bus and offered it to his parents. In order to secure a place in a friend’s band in middle school, he took up the bass guitar and later the guitar, mandolin, and banjo. In high school he studied violin at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with Kevin Lawrence. He holds a B.A. in History and a B.M. in Composition from Rice University and a Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of Chicago where he was a Mellon Fellow and studied with Shulamit Ran, Marta Ptaszynska, and Howard Sandroff.
         Simon has served on the teaching faculty at the University of Chicago, William Jewell College, and Missouri Western State University and on the boards of newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble and KcEMA (Kansas City Electronic Music & Arts Alliance).
    (c) Simon Fink 2018

    Kelly Hunt with Staś Heaney

         Kelly Hunt is a singer-songwriter of Americana/Roots music—born and raised in Memphis, TN but now based out of Kansas City, MO. Kelly's primary instrument is her voice, which rings out with confidence and clarity of one who has been singing all her life. Accompanied by her 1920s tenor banjo, 5-string clawhammer banjo, and guitar, Kelly’s songs meld traditions of folk, classic country, and old-time music for a sound that is both timeless and fresh. Her songwriting is poetic but approachable, full of feeling and alive with storytelling. Kelly’s debut album “Even The Sparrow” will hit radio and international distribution at the end of Q1 2019, and she will be on tour in support throughout 2019 and 2020.
         Staś is a classically-trained percussionist, pianist, and violinist. He brings elements of all these to the table when accompanying Kelly, but his instrument of choice is a 19th c. violin. Staś' deft arrangements lend vibrance and depth to Kelly's songs, weaving between banjo and vocals with evocative grace.

    Havilah and Kris

    Gary Kirkland

         Perhaps you remember Gary Kirkland as co-host of Folk Waves on KCUR-FM. Perhaps you were at the International Jimmy Rodgers Yodeling Championship in 1981 where Gary took top honors for his yodeling talent.
         Gary Kirkland’s release “Shootin’ The Works On Love” (April 2003) on Darkhorse Productions label, produced at Weatherby with fine Kansas City musicians, family and friends, and including nine original compositions from local and area songwriters, is certainly his best work ever.
         In music as in life, with age comes maturity, experience, expression, wisdom and finesse. Gary has put his voice and heart in touch with his roots and soul to produce a genuine original work of art. Gary has woven lost jewels from the past, contemporary classics and fresh original material into a masterpiece of true American sound.
         The Kansas City Star has called Gary Kirkland “A champion yodeler … [who] can interpret a country classic with quiet authority”.
         The Kansas City Pitch magazine has said about Gary’s recordings (As Is, 1977; Plain and Fancy, 1983; Bluesabilly, 1990), “Don’t expect a Top 40 sound at all. This is real music, recorded professionally by those who know how to preserve the past as well as the future. Gary Kirkland has brought us a gift from the past and applies it to the present in fantabulous fashion”.
         With his unique voice, Gary sings about love, chickens, trains, TV dinners, mules, grandpas, churches, dance halls, outhouses, fishing, taking it easy, taking it hard, sunshine, moonshine, cows, cowboys, cowgirls, and no telling what else. Listening to Gary sing will make you laugh one minute, and cry the next. 

    Oh, by the way, Gary is still, as proclaimed by the KC Star, “Kansas City’s gift to yodeling”.




    Old Sound

    A trio of longtime friends and musical collaborators, Kansas City's Old Sound crafts traditional and original folk music. Led by Grady Keller's imaginative storytelling, Old Sound travels through song with solid three-part harmonies and evocative acoustic compositions. The trio is strengthened by the exploratory bluegrass flat-picking style of Chad Brothers and the playful doghouse groove of Greg Herrenbruck on upright bass. With musical roots in their hometown Winfield, Kansas, Brothers and Herrenbruck cut their teeth in the picking circles and campground stages of the Walnut Valley Festival. Paired with Keller's colorful melodies and lyricism, Old Sound’s approach makes for easy front porch listening.
         Old Sound released the studio album "Rain Follows The Plow" in Spring 2014.  Recorded and produced by Phil Wade of The Wilders, the album showcases the band's well-worn chemistry and musical interplay.  The Pitch Magazine said “Rain Follows The Plow assuages any headache, calms any painful maladies and stirs you out of any dusty depression.”  The trio also released the holiday album “An Old Sound Christmas” in November 2017, putting “a new spin on Christmas” according to KSHB TV.  The band performs regularly in Kansas City and regional area festivals and listening rooms, including a 6-week residency at Worlds of Fun’s WinterFest.  Old Sound is currently working on a new original studio album to be released in September 2019.




    Fred Wickham & The Hadacol Caravan

    Singer/songwriter/guitarist Fred Wickham is proud to introduce his new record Mariosa Delta. The album has drawn praise both at home and abroad. No Depression calls Mariosa Delta  “a sparkling gem of an album" and overseas the record climbed to number nine on the Euro-Americana charts.
         Wickham is known for his work with Hadacol, the popular Kansas City based quartet who released two critically acclaimed records and gained a national reputation for their ferocious live performances across the country.  Rock critic Greil Marcus once called  Wickham and the band's brand of country "so tough it doesn't have to prove it." With the new record, Wickham takes a different approach to his songwriting, highlighting country, blues, jazz and bluegrass influences. This is a story telling record, from the title track, which recounts a true family tale of  betrayal and murder, to “Rock Bottom”, which Pop Matters describes as "a modern bard’s sardonic tale of twists and turns for the worst”, Wickham’s lyrics and melodies paint chapters of the American experience. 
         Wickham's first solo record, Mariosa Delta,  was produced by the late, legendary Lou Whitney and tour dates in support of the record feature The Hadacol Caravan, an all-star lineup of  Kansas City's best musicians, including Wickham's former Hadacol bandmate and  musical compadre Richard Burgess on bass, guitar wizard Marco Pascolini, ace keyboard/vocalist Bart Colliver, crack drummers Sweet Matt Brahl and Sam Platt and Wickham's son Fred Jr. on mandolin. 
         The band will be touring the States in support of the record and is planning a tour of Europe later this year.

    The Pheasant Pluckers

    Jamey Logan, Carl Anderton, Micah Herman and Jim Belk


    Annika's Creations

    Annika's latest creations are one of a kind vintage glass pieces inspired by thrift finds that reflect Annika's love of nature.

    HeartLove Interfaith Community

    HeartLove Interfaith Community is a relative newcomer to the interfaith world with informational, interfaith programs in 2018 at the Plaza Library.  At their "Friendship is Universal" booth HeartLove will be giving away friendship bracelets and teaching how to make friendship bracelets as well as talking  about the universality of friendship and providing information on how to be involved with future programs.

    Cultural Crossroads

    Just in time for Mardi Gras,Tuesday Marc 5, Cultural Crossroads will provide wooden masks for coloring and decorating in their " Colorful World" booth.


    Amber Leigh XOXO

    Amber Leigh XOXO will be selling jewelry, hats, and paintings.
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    Hardly Delicate

    Hardly Delicate will have jewelry and upcycled shirts by Down to Earth Girls!

    Art is in our Hearts

    Art is in our Hearts features mixed media original artwork, prints and jewelry by Teresa Cosgrove, Vince and Natalie Marrone.

    The Backroom Gals

    The Backroom Gals with Ann Mickow bring an eclectic mix of art, jewelry, and homespun scarves.  Ann will donate  100% of all proceeds from her scarves to the cause!


    The Backroom Gals / Dr. Lana Pennell / Karen E. Hall / Andrea M. Welch - Attorney at Law  / Janet Gibbs / Bill and Carolyn Haman & the Blue Moon Trio / Morgan Jacobs General Contracting - (816) 200-3118 / G.R.O.W. - Grass Roots of Western Independence / Russell Thomason and Linda Holm / Jan and Larry Alderman Acoustic Jam South KC / Rural Harvest / Jamey Logan