2010-11-04 / Local & State

Musical Performance Set For Forbes Road


Forbes Road is pleased to announce it will receive a grant through the PA Fine Arts Council. The stART Something “Arts in Education” program is funding the Artist in Residency here in Fulton County for the very first time. Forbes Road was selected to receive grant money for this program.

The Barnstormers and Slim Harrison will be bringing “Folk Music & Dances” to Forbes Road for a 10-day AiE Residency. The entire student body was part of an introductory concert explaining what this program is about on October 25. Each grade will have an opportunity to learn a folk dance and try different musical instruments. There will be a “final hoedown” assembly on November 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., for the entire school. That same evening, at 7 p.m., the community is invited to attend and see what the students have learned in those 10 days.

For more than 25 years, Slim has performed at schools and festivals, hoedowns and throwdowns all over North America and around the world. He is a “master artist” with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts and full-time “Artist in Residence” with the Maryland State Arts Council – Artists in Education, Touring Artists Program. Slim hails from Eyler’s Valley in the Catcotin Mountains of Western Maryland.

Performances include “Good Old Time Mountain Music” with the Barnstormers String Band and the Sunnyland Band, which consists of the students performing on their own homemade instruments. The “Rock Candy Cloggers” often perform with both the Barnstormers and Sunnyland Band. The Forbes Road Auditorium Association provided funding for Rock & Candy to perform for the student body with Slim. Slim provides accompaniment with fiddle, banjo, resophonic guitar, jaws harp, spoons, jug and his one-of-akind “kazooafone,” which has three harmonicas, two kazoos, dual airhorns and a siren whistle! If time allows, Slim often slips in a tune on the mountain dulcimer, hammer dulcimer, autoharp, mandolin or Native American mouthbow.

Slim is also an accomplished dance caller and clogger and leads even the greenest beginners in some simple hoedown dances: Virginia Reel, Zodiac, Alabama Gals, Texas Star and even the Cotton Eyed Joe! Slim can even teach the “Mason Dixon clogging style” in three easy steps! The community is welcome to come out to Forbes Road at 7 p.m. on November 5, 2010 to meet the artist and see the student performances!

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