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Casual Classics to host Elise Witt April 8

By Calvert Johnson

Internationally acclaimed local folk musician Elise Witt will be featured on the February program of the Casual Classics Concert Series beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, April 8 at the Fellowship Presbyterian Church. The Mezzanine Band (Mick Kinney on piano, fiddle, banjo, vibraphone; and Ken Gregory on trumpet, trombone, guitar and bass will also perform.

Admission to the concert is free, but contributions are gratefully accepted in order to fund the expenses for the series. The concert is at 7 pm, Monday April 8, 2019, at Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 389 Bent Tree Drive, Jasper GA.

Born in Switzerland, raised in North Carolina, and living in Atlanta since 1977, Witt speaks five languages, and sings in at least a dozen more. She has taken her concerts of Global, Local and Homemade Songs TM to Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and community centers around the country. Witt sang for 20 years with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and chamber Chorus as well as the Robert Shaw Singers, with whom she performed annually at Carnegie Hall.

Along his musical journey, Mick Kinney has played stride piano at Manhattan's Swing 46 with veteran tap dancer Harold Cromer, fiddle with Creole jazzman Al Broussard in New Orleans' French Quarter, and lap steel at Louisiana's Cajun Rendez-vous. He has performed at McCabe's in Los Angeles, the Bluebird in Nashville, and on NPR’s Mountain Stage. A recipient of the Georgia Council for the Arts Folklife Grant, Kinney was a longtime collaborator with Georgia music legend Stranger Malone, whose music he continues to preserve and perform. He now serves as roots music consultant for the Georgia Humanities Council, and with his band the Georgia Crackers, produces events celebrating Georgia's rich musical heritage from the Appalachian mountains to the coastal plains.

The concert will include works by Fats Waller, Violeta Parra (Chile), Maria Elena Walsh (Argentina), Pete Seeger, the Sea Island Singers, Peggy Lee and Bill Schluger, as well as works by Elise Witt and Mick Kinney. The audience will enthusiastically participate in this evening’s enjoyable program. For additional information, contact Concert Manager Calvert Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 404-373-0748.

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