Archive for the ‘2012 Events’ Category

Jennifer Licko – Dec. 2, 2012

Sunday, Dec. 2nd – 2:00 pm: Jennifer Licko

A Celtic Christmas


Jennifer Licko is primarily a Celtic Folk singer, dancer and multi-instrumentalist. She is a trained vocalist who has that certain quality that makes for easy and pleasant listening whether she is singing an unaccompanied lament, a rousing pub song, or puirt-a-beul (Gaelic mouth music). She blends a stunning vocal range with a sensitivity and warmth that turns any audience into Celtic music fans. Bob Noble joins Jennifer on stage with keyboards and sings backing vocals. He has performed all over the world with many different artists including Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Aha, Joan Armatrading, Cliff Richard and Bob Geldof.  Also sharing the stage is 3-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, Dylan Foley. He is a vibrant stylist whose playing has been called “impeccable and spirited.”  “One the finest Irish fiddlers of his generation.” (Brian Conway)

This concert will be held in the auditorium of Swansboro Middle School located at 1240 West Corbett Avenue,  Swansboro, NC 28584.


Display Artist: Susan Mack Bear, Fusion Glass


Sally Spring – Nov. 17, 2012


Saturday, Nov. 17th – 7:30 pm: Sally Spring

The press, peers and the BBC agree on one thing-Sally Spring is the “real deal.” Accompanied by her husband, the eclectic, rhythmic Ted Lyons on resonator, Spring’s voice is her own “like that of Emmylou Harris, Natalie Merchant and Tracy Chapman” (Das Rock, Germany), paints an Americana musical portrait that “reaches deep inside, is beautifully layered, has something to say and generates emotional heat that is white hot.” (Americana UK). She weaves into her own tapestry English folk‐rock, old time music, along with touches of everything from classic folk to country to blues to pop. Sally’s “gorgeous alto” (Sing Out!), first-rate compositions (No Depression) and phrasing give her an emotional complexity that is mesmerizing. Her latest CD, “Made Of Stars” charted #1 in Europe on Americana radio. “Sally’s a treasure!” (Gene Parsons, The Byrds)


Display Artist: Carla Stevens, Photography

Donna Hughes – Oct. 6, 2012

Saturday, Oct. 6th – 7:30 pm: Donna Hughes

“Whatever moves me, moves me to write,” explains emerging song-writer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Donna Hughes. For Hughes, songwriting is an all-consuming endeavor, encompassing all that goes on around her. “My songs are always about something I have seen, done, or felt – or something that I saw someone else do or go through. There is always truth to every song I write, even if it isn’t my truth.” Since she first began writing songs a little over a decade ago she has composed over 300, recording over half of them. Her songs have been recorded by Alison Krauss and Union Station (My Poor Old Heart on their Lonely Runs Both Ways album), the Seldom Scene (Sad Old Train) and more artists. In 2010, the Carolina Music Awards nominated Hughes for Country Female Vocalist of the Year.





Display Artist: Debra Pagliughi, Multi-Media

SwanFest 2012

SwanFest Poster

Emerald Fest 2012

EmeraldFest Poster 2012

Gaylon Pope & SweetWater – Sep. 15, 2012

Saturday, Sep. 15th – 6:00 pm: Gaylon Pope & SweetWater

This trio of vocalists brings a show that will leave you wanting more! Their harmonies are tight, their showmanship is professional and their energy is contagious! Gaylon Pope is a seasoned entertainer with rich vocals, comedic antics, and Master of Ceremony charisma and stage energy. His loyal supporters and fans have affectionately titled Gaylon: “Mr. Entertainment.”

Kerry-Jo Mozingo, a “stick of stage dynamite,” sets the energy. From the first note to the last, she will entertain you with her textured vocals and stage appeal! Jill Stroud is the “steady as she goes, but let’s rock the ship!” With pure harmonies smooth as silk, Jill adds all the color to the Trio’s sound.

You are sure to enjoy their Family Variety Show that features Country, Gospel, and Good-Time Oldies! The show also features Outrageous Comedy from a character called “Granny No-Mo,” who will leave you in stiches! Don’t miss this very special show; you will indeed leave wanting more!       

Display Artist: Linda Anderson, Acrylics

April 12, 2012 Concert – Tumbledown House

Tumbledown House

Photo by Robert Hawkins

Tumbledown House
Thursday, Apr 12, 7:30pm

Gillian Howe and Tyler Miller compose a song-writing duo from Bozeman, Montana. Often described as gritty saloon jazz, parlor music inflicted with the unspeakable, or Tom Waits in a cocktail dress, Tumbledown House writes stories that revolve around shady characters down on their luck, brothels with an eccentric clientele, or a scorned woman out for revenge. These stories are delivered with sultry female vocals reminiscent of a bygone era and placed over jazz guitar accompaniment.

March 15, 2012 Concert – Still On The Hill

Still On The Hill
Thursday, Mar 15, 7:30pm

Folkgrass duo from Arkansas, Kelly Mulhollan and Donna Stjerna, use traditional instruments from their home in the Ozarks (mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitar, harmonica and scrub board) as well as other exotic offerings (Moon guitar from Japan, African Mbira, and Tenor Ukulele) to create a kaleidoscope of musical color and texture. They have been voted “Best Folk Band” in the Ozarks for several years running. They even have a day named in their honor! The mayor of their town, Fayetteville, Arkansas, proclaimed Dec. 20th “Still on the Hill Day” for all the work the duo does in community service.

March 11, 2012 – Drew Allison & Grey Seal Puppets


Drew Allison

Drew Allison & Grey Seal Puppets
Sunday, March 11 2:00pm

What’s big and fat and pink and loves to dress up in fancy clothes? It’s the Emperor himself in Grey Seal Puppets’ clever adaptation of The Emperor’s New Clothes. Not only is this Emperor big, fat and pink, he just happens to be a pig. Drew Allison founded Grey Seal Puppets in 1976 and performs over 250 shows a year in theatres, schools museums, libraries and outdoor festivals from New York to Hawaii, Canada to Mexico. He also custom designs puppets and mascot characters for corporations and sports teams.
*Not included in season tickets. $5 adult/$3 children 10 and under

February 11, 2012 Concert – Ginger Garner


Ginger Garner

Ginger Garner
Dinner and a Concert
Saturday, Feb 11, 6:00pm

Ginger Garner is a singer/songwriter able to cross genres from jazz and soul to blue-grass and folk. A native of North Carolina, Ginger’s early musical roots are grounded in gospel and folk music. She learned how to improvise harmony from the time she could stand and speak, gathered around the family piano every Sunday with her aunt and grandfather, both musicians and vocalists. She has performed for UNC at Wilmington, at the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the North Carolina Seafood Festival, and has opened for bands such as The Sylistics. Ginger has been heard on radio, television, as well as in numerous mission travels across the United States from Alaska to New York City. Ginger credits her education in medicine with shaping her vocal style. Her Cherokee heritage also directly influences her studies in music, which include classical and Native American flutes.
*Not included in season tickets. $40 ea or 2/$75—includes dinner.