Tuesday, April 28, 2009

BPL@Night to Host After Class, an Instrumental Celtic Trio

After ClassThe Library is proud to host After Class, a Birmingham trio who play instrumental music. The group performs many of the songs written by blind Irish harpist, Turlough O'Carolan (1638-1730). After Class offers a modern interpretation of some of these tunes which include “Si Beag Si Mor,” “Planxty George Brabazon,” and “Lord Inchiquin,” as well as complete sets of Civil War, Celtic, and other melodies which made their way from Wales and Ireland to Appalachia.

The band has recorded six albums. Homespun Holidays features classic holiday songs with an old-time feel. A Celtic Collection features old Irish tunes and ballads. Faith Of Our Fathers includes After Class’s version of some of the most beloved hymns, including “Amazing Grace,” “Blessed Assurance,” and “Rock of Ages.”

The band’s album Hues Of Blues & Greys offers a variety of songs from the Civil War era. The self-titled album, After Class, includes several of the band’s favorite songs. Their latest album Johnny Has Gone, includes such favorites as “The Yellow Rose of Texas” and “Listen to the Mockingbird.”

The band members include Rob Angus, who plays the hammered dulcimer, banjo, guitar and other stringed instruments. Brant Beene and his classical guitar make up the bass and rhythm section of After Class. Brant plays mandolin and also contributes original music for the group's performances. Mark Weldon has toured professionally as a violin and fiddle player with several groups including Three On A String and as a band member for country star Mel Tillis. Mark's outstanding musical ability is not limited to the violin. He also plays the mandolin, guitar, and cello, writes original music, and is responsible for most of the group’s arrangements.

This special performance will be free of charge. The Library will provide light refreshments.

Event: BPL@Night hosting instrumental group, After Hours
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2009
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Central Library’s Atrium
Cost: Free

BPL thanks Compass Bank for its generous support of BPL@Night. BPL@Night is also made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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