Sunday, February 16 at 4pm in the fellowship hall –
Join us as we host Putnam Smith and Sassafras Stomp – all the way from Maine – for a concert that’s also a fundraiser for the food pantry! Appetizers such as wine and cheese will be served, and suggested donation of $10-15 will be split between the band and the pantry. It’s one in a series of such concerts …
Putnam Smith, who hails from Portland, Maine, could be an old-world troubadour fresh from the 19th Century. After all, he lives in a log cabin, plays his Grandfather’s banjo, and prints up the jackets to his CDs on an antique letterpress. Yet this rootsy multi-instrumentalist songwriter (he also writes and performs on guitar, mandolin, fretless banjo, and piano), steeped as he is in Appalachian traditions, is very much a storyteller for the modern age. Putnam has performed in 40 states from East coast to West, and has had two albums in the top 5, on the national Folk & Bluegrass DJ Charts.
Sassafras Stomp is a high-energy dance-band with one foot in Maine and one foot in western Montana. Weaving together diverse fiddle traditions with a strong rhythmic sensibility, fiddler Johanna Davis and guitarist Adam Nordell build a rich, dynamic contradance sound marked by driving foot percussion and sweet harmony vocals.