The Deadly Gentlemen, a unique, modern bluegrass quintet from Boston returns to Seward Monday December 9th for a public performance at the Resurrect Arts Coffee House and Gallery at 7:30 p.m. The group also performed for Seward high and middle school students during their advisory period at 10:35-11:00 a.m. Monday at the high school auditorium. The students especially applauded the fiddle, banjo and mandolin solos.
The show is sponsored by Seward Music Association, which also funded two educational performances at Seward Elementary School last week with visiting fiddler and singer Amanda Kerr and Danny Booth, two former Anchorage bluegrass/folk musicians currently living in Virginia. They also performed at the “Rez Arts” in addition to mentoring a band of youngsters, and teaching guitar, bass and fiddle to a local string-instrument students.
The Deadly Gentlemen played in Seward last November in a rousing sold-out performance.
“The quintet employs acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and double bass—a lineup that’s usually associated with traditional bluegrass,” according to the group’s own website, yet, “Their music defies conventional genre restrictions, filtering a bottomless assortment of influences through their own decidedly distinctive songwriting sensibility and uncanny instrumental rapport.” It continues; “The result is timelessly resonant music that’s rooted in tradition, yet effortlessly contemporary and boundlessly entertaining.”
The Music Association, a group of parents and community members also known as the “Music Boosters,” was pleased to have these two bluegrass groups literally fall into their laps while already visiting town. The group had been looking for appropriate musical groups to visit, inspire and educate students in all grades, and felt these two groups would fit the bill perfectly. The school principals were happy to oblige as there were no other visiting musical concerts scheduled.
There will also be a variety of school-based performances both in school and after school this week, including elementary class holiday concerts, elementary band and middle school and high school choirs.