'The Sounds of Bluegrass' at Ellis Theater this Saturday
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 1:00 AM
The Philadelphia-Neshoba County Arts Council will present its second annual "The Sounds of Bluegrass" on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the PNC Arts Council Theatre (former ELLIS).
The following bands will perform: Allan Sibley and The Magnolia Ramblers, Delta Reigns and Bill & Temperance.
Allan Sibley is a multi-talented singer, songwriter and musician.
He began his career at the early age of 15 playing mandolin with the Legendary Sullivan Family. He also played 3 years with the Larry Wallace Band.
The band comprised of four talented musicians from the State of Mississippi.
Alan Sibley & the Magnolia Ramblers have become one of the Magnolia State's most popular Bluegrass bands.
The band consists of multi-talented singer/songwriter/musician Alan Sibley, veteran guitarist Bo Collier, banjo player J.R. Willis, and bass player Mark Brown.
Allan is from Ackerman. He plays the mandolin, guitar and fiddle. He also does the lead singing and talking for the group.
Bo Collier is from Union. He plays rhythm guitar and is a 49 year veteran of Bluegrass music.
J.R. Willis is from Philadelphia. He is an accomplished and innovative banjo player.
Mark Brown is from Starkville. He plays bass guitar for the band.
Delta Reign is from the Mobile River delta region of the gulf coast.
As 5 rivers flow together into Mobile Bay to form the delta, so Delta Reign brings together the musical influences of each member, bluegrass, western swing, blues and jazz. They call it "Delta Bluegrass."
Formed in the fall of 2004 by founding members Pat and Benita Murphy, the band's "delta bluegrass" or "swinging bluegrass," has evolved into a distinct musical personality that seems to appeal to listeners across many genres.
With members, George Mason on fiddle and Joshua Faul on upright bass, the band has found just the right chemistry to solidify Delta Reign's "fresh" approach to bluegrass.
Bill Ellison and Temperance Babcock build their distinctive sound on the classic combination of fiddle and acoustic guitar.
Their vocal duets cover the musical spectrum from Bill Monroe to the Everly Brothers to Old Crow Medicine Show.
Ellison has been a mainstay in Mississippi's acoustic music scene both as a performer and as host of Mississippi Public Broadcasting's "Grassroots."
The show was recently presented the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. Babcock, a classically trained violinist and member of the Mississippi Symphony, has studied under Felicia Moye and has recorded with members of Ricky Skaggs's band Kentucky Thunder.
They have been much in demand performing for the Jackson Advertising Federation, the National Governors' Conference at the Hard Rock Casino on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, at the Neshoba County Fair, and featured at the MS Symphony's Pepsi Pops Concert.
They also recently appeared on the statewide radio broadcast of Thacker Mountain Radio from Oxford and at the USM Roots Reunion show at the Saenger Theatre in Hattiesburg.
Tickets to the show are $10 and will e available at the door or at the Arts Council office.
For more information visit www.pncarts.org or call 601-656-9838.