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Vance Gilbertwith Curtis McMurtry
Friday, October 7th
Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington
$22 advance | $25 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
The voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god
Vance Gilbert is an integral part of the national folk scene. His compositions, while frequently employing sophisticated melodies and harmonies that attest to his jazz roots, remain sublime attestations to the storyteller's craft. Whether with classic, original songwriting or ageless interpretations of covers, his is a presentation steeped in deep humanism and bravery, stunning artistry and soul, and contagious, unbridled joy.

Gilbert's true magic happens onstage where he combines humor, instrumental virtuosity and the unexpected. In fact he developed his reputation with his jaw- dropping, diverse, funny, devastating, and gorgeous live performances. Arlo Guthrie, Anita Baker, the late George Carlin have all requested Vance to be added to their bills.

"...among the quintessential musical poets." - Dirty Linen

Official Website: www.vancegilbert.com
Song Samples: Unfamiliar Moon
Curtis McMurtry writes lyrically-driven Americana music influenced as much by Dorothy Fields as Townes Van Zandt; painfully direct songs about guilt, spite, and intimacy.

Although he is still only in his mid-twenties, many of the characters in McMurtry's songs seem to have given up on life decades ago. His debut solo album Respectable Enemy chronicles the narrations of unapologetically bitter individuals still haunted by the ghosts of lovers and friends they have long since driven away. Like his father James and grandfather Larry, Curtis' novelist's eye offers striking attention to detail in his work. Few other songwriters inhabit such lonely, spiteful people with such conviction.

Official Website: www.curtismcmurtrymusic.com
Song Samples: Mt. Moriah
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