Doors open at 7:00, concert starts at 7:30Concert (online):
Larry Hanks & Steve Cormier
Cowboy and Western American music
Perhaps it's arid conditions that led to sparse populations which gave rise to a sense of individualism and yet a desire for comradeship, but the American West has developed a music that speaks to wide-open and occasionally lonely spaces filled with sometimes cantankerous people who long to get together.
Cowboy music is about the human condition, western version. When Steve Cormier sings classic cowboy ballads, it's like you are hearing them for the first time. He combines his decade of experience as a working ranch and farm hand with his love of history (he taught American history for decades) and his knack for spinning a good yarn. Suddenly the songs are more than just sentimental reminders of a imagined past–we sense the danger, the loneliness, and the politics early cowboys faced in following their trade. Steve’s dry humor and ability to tell the songs lead us from the past into the present. And along the way he has acted and performed in film and television productions as diverse as Wyatt Earp and Breaking Bad. He has several recordings and videos.
Larry Hanks is a complicated guy who sings songs of other people's complicated lives in an uncomplicated manner. His earthy and deeply resonant voice draws us into worlds of people and places where we may never otherwise go, and elegantly embroiders landscapes that never existed, save in song. For decades, Hanks has been delighting audiences with his rough-hewn bass vocals, tastefully spare 6 and 12-string guitar accompaniments, and virtuosic Jew's Harp playing. Influenced by the music of Sam Hinton, Leadbelly, and Woody Guthrie, Hanks is also known for his many old songs of the American West-- both sad and rollicking cowboy and work songs, topical and political songs, and Traditional American ballads. Larry has performed with hundreds of musicians throughout his long career. After a lengthy hiatus, Hanks has come back to his first love of performing and recording, with the recent successful tours of the US, UK, and Europe, with wife and musical partner, Deborah Robins.
Expect a sing-around afterward, and we've invited our performers to join us.
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General information on the 2020/2021 Sunday evening concert series is on the Concerts page.