On Sunday, November 20, 2016, award-winning artist Al Petteway and Amy White will headline 8th Mansion Concert! The doors will open at 5:00 PM and the show will start at 6:00 PM. Seating is limited to the first 65 interested persons who are invited and sign-up at this site. To support our artists, we have established a recommended a donation of $25.00/person for this concert. All donated proceeds are directed to the artist. /Tim Alexander/
Al is planning a guitar workshop at 1:30 -3:30 PM on Sunday for the first 12 registrant/students. The workshop will be entitled: “Using DADGAD Tuning for Fingerstyle Blues Guitar.” To support the workshop, we have established a recommended a donation of $50.00/person. See more below.
GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING GUITARIST - INDIE AWARD-WINNING DUO
As heard on Ken Burns documentaries including:
The National Parks: America’s Best Idea
Baseball: The Tenth Inning
The Dust Bowl
Award-winning, critically acclaimed, passionate and playful, Al & Amy offer an intoxicating blend of musical styles. Their repertoire includes original, traditional, contemporary Celtic- and Appalachian-influenced music with occasional nods to rock and jazz. Their performances feature acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, piano, banjo, lap dulcimer, world percussion, and a touch of vocals.
Before moving from the Washington, DC area to the mountains of Western North Carolina, Al & Amy won 50 WAMMIE Awards from the Washington Area Music Association. In addition, they were awarded 5 separate grants from the Maryland State Arts Council for both music composition and instrumental performance. They won an INDIE from The Association for Independent Music, and Al won a GRAMMY from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Al was voted one of the Top 50 Guitarists of all time by the readers of Acoustic Guitar Magazine and in 2008 he won Silver and Bronze medals in the magazine’s “Players’ Choice Awards.”
Al & Amy’s music was featured throughout the soundtrack of the 2009 Ken Burns EMMY-winning documentary, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. And in 2010, their album, Caledon Wood, (which includes the main theme of the National Parks documentary) was counted among the essential albums of the past 20 years in the Acoustic Guitar Magazine 20th anniversary issue.
Al & Amy enjoy living in their mountain aerie, with stunning long-range views and wildlife as constant inspiration. This mountain-top setting has greatly influenced their recent musical works and has also spurred their return to photography. Both Al & Amy’s photographs are represented by The National Geographic Society’s Image Collection, where Al worked as an image editor for 18 years. In addition to concerts and workshops, Al & Amy now also offer winter-themed and 4-season multi-media shows which feature live music performed against a backdrop of nature photography.
Among many other pursuits, Al continues to teach private lessons and record video lessons for Homespun Videos. He also coordinates “Guitar Week” for the world famous music camp, The Swannanoa Gathering. And in early 2010, Amy launched Cat Angel Press which released its first full-color gift-book, Cat Angels: The Secret Lives of Cats. There are more angels and books to come.
"High in the Blue Ridge," Al & Amy’s recording of Appalachian- and Celtic-inspired melodies, was released in early 2011. And they each released solo CDs in 2012. Al's is a solo acoustic project featuring Fingerstyle Blues titled "It's Only the Blues" and Amy's features her original songs and is titled "Home, Sweet Home." In 2014, Al released "Mountain Guitar - A Musical Portrait of the Appalachian Mountains" and in 2015, the long-awaited "Dream Guitars, Vol. II - Hand Picked" was released
You are welcome to follow Al & Amy on Facebook and YouTube. You can also sign up for their mailing list to be alerted to their new releases, upcoming concert dates, and more.
Please feel free to bring a snack or cold dish to pass.
Al Petteway Guitar Workshop
“Using DADGAD Tuning for Fingerstyle Blues Guitar”
DADGAD tuning is more versatile than most guitarists believe. Though the tuning is best known as a favorite of Celtic guitarists, Al Petteway has managed to find elegant and simple ways to use it for virtually every style of music. Having come from a Blues, Rock and Folk background, it was only natural that it would become one of Al’s favorite tunings for Fingerstyle Blues Guitar as well. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to use the tuning in place of standard and open D tunings for styles ranging from a Hendrix style shuffle to Jazz to the folk blues styles of guitarists like Doc Watson and Etta Baker who grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina not far from where Al makes his home. Feel free to bring a guitar and do some playing and jamming.
about nearby places to eat, places to stay and parkinG:
There is no on-site parking at the Mansion. However, the HPA River Street Parking Garage and HPA Walnut Street Parking Garage (Strawberry Square deck) are easy to find and are very close. Restaurants between these garages and the building make for great places to stop before and/or after the show.
DISCLAIMER: Eventbrite uses the terminology "ticket" inappropriately in the context of these Private Mansion Concerts. As you know, I recommend a donation of $25 per person to support the artists. We are not and will not sell tickets -- even though you may receive a registration confirmation by email that uses the term "Ticket.". We are simply using this website/portal to manage the expected sufficiency of limited seating and communicate details about this private, by-invitation-only music party online. I am not operating a commercial enterprise and other than the expense of rental chairs and bottled water, all donations are paid to the artists involved in the show. This concert is not open to the public.
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Tim Alexander has been performing on guitar for many years, having played rock and pop-oriented music before moving into his current specialty of evocative music for solo fingerstyle guitar. He has written many original pieces for guitar, and those taken together with his moving arrangements of spiritual, Celtic, pop, and Americana reveal a rare and affecting musical soul.
Enjoy a selection of Tim's music below ((c) 2006 Timothy Alexander): a video clip of his original tune "Giving Voice" (the title cut of the CD), in concert at the Tosco Music Party; and an mp3 of his song for his lovely wife Polly, called "Planxty Polly". In addition, a video clip of Tim's live performance, while on the road, of his arrangement of "The South Wind" can be found on YouTube. Tim's performance at the Tosco Music Party can be seen here.
Contact Tim at:
660 Deer Road
Boiling Springs, PA 17007