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Event: Ridgefield Folk with Peter Murchison

Sunday September 23, 2018
2:00 PM until 3:30 PM

Join us for Ridgefield Folk with Ridgefield guitarist Peter Murchison.  He will be joined by his son John Murchison on Bass.

Equally at home on guitar, mandolin, or an old National steel guitar, Peter Murchison's music is a melting pot of Americana … but mostly old, old blues from the 1920s and 30s. Now back living in CT, he brings years of experience in bands in China, New York, Colorado, and Texas and from performing in countries all over the world.

Murchison's guitar fingerpicking style is crisp and driving.  The early blues material he presents is a panorama of USA rural blues, before the blues migrated to Chicago and went electric. The influences of Mississippi John Hurt, Reverend Gary Davis and Blind Blake can be heard as well as the great country pickers Doc Watson and Merle Travis.  His modern influences include Leo Kottke, John Fahey and Jerry Garcia. 

Murchison’s playing experiences include accompanying beat poet Allen Ginsburg.  How did that come about?  "We had a mutual friend – who said Allen wanted a blues guitar player to play with his mantras, so my name came up."

His shows are lively and fun as he switches among the guitar, slide guitar and mandolin,  He has stories galore about the songs, the musicians and the instruments that make each concert a learning opportunity as well as a smiling opportunity.

John Murchison is a Brooklyn-based bassist.  He performed on Broadway in "Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812".  John is one of the most in-demand bassists for Middle Eastern music in NYC, performing with popular artists from West Africa such as Fode Kouyate and Sekouba Kandia, and plays regularly in NYC with Kakande, featuring Famoro Dioubate and Missia Saran Dioubate.  Besides bass, he plays other traditional instruments like the gimbri, bendir, qanun, and ney.  A graduate of Ridgefield High School, he fondly remembers his high school band winng the 2002 RHS Battle of the Bands!

Ridgefield Folk is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Library.  Tickets are free and can be picked up on the day of the show starting at 1 PM.  Doors open at 1:30 and the show starts at 2 PM.



Location: Main Program Room
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