TVCC American Folk concert set for March 3
Posted by : February 27, 2013| On :
ATHENS–From the patriotic themes of the Revolutionary War to the songs of the old West to the spirituals of the Civil War era, American folk music is a rich part of the country’s history.
During its first concert of the spring semester, the Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) Music Department will celebrate American folk music.
“Our Musical Heritage, the Folk Music of America,” is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Dogwood Church in Athens. Admission is free.
Dr. Byron McGilvray said the idea came to him while he was watching a documentary from renowned director Ken Burns.
“They play in those documentaries a lot of folk music,” McGilvray said. “In this one, they played the folk song ‘Johnny is Gone for a Soldier.’”
That song, which is most likely an American adaptation of an old Irish tune, has become an American folk piece, he says. That piece will be played during the concert and inspired McGilvray to begin creating an event centered around American folk genre.
The concert will feature a variety of American folk music and will include Marine shanties, spirituals and mountain songs.
“We have these tunes that we don’t know exactly where they come from, which is the definition of folk music, but they have been lovingly tuned and expressed for centuries,” McGilvray said. “This is the character of America.”
Students in the college’s Chamber Singers and Cardinal Singers will be participating. The performance will be directed by McGilvray and narrated by TVCC’s Fine Arts director Kelly Driskell.
Dogwood Church is located at 6467 Farm-to-Market Road 2494 in Athens, which is three miles west of the college.