MBCA Spring Meeting CANCELLED

The MBCA Spring Meeting scheduled for 5:30p Friday, March 20th, 2020, has been cancelled due to concern regarding COVID-19.

Next MBCA meeting is May 11, 2020.

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MBCA Winter/Spring Meeting

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Life in Early Florida Program at the Melrose Public Library

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March 2020 Coffeetalk

Shake Rag Coffee Talk, Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Inside Melrose Center

307 State Road 26, Melrose, FL 32666

March 5, 2020       Front Porch Backsteppers – Eli Tragash and Virginia Carr  

Eli on fiddle, Virginia on guitar, vocals:  A southern string band blending songs of bluegrass, folk, country and old timey fiddle music; some dance tunes and lively sing-alongs. 

March 12  Virginia Boone, Annual  St. Pat Show    Virginia has played traditional Irish music since 1997.  Her main instruments are flute & Irish whistle.  She also plays the Bodhran (Irish drum), and Anglo concertina, sings and seannos (old style) Irish dance. Has danced with local Irish dance company Inisheer (who mainly perform set dances, and Seannos)  Virginia attends Irish music sessions typically on a weekly basis.   She has performed at the Florida Folk Festival, Ormond Beach Celtic festival, and the Celtic fest in Jackson, MS. 

March 19       “Sweet William” Billy Ennis   “Sweet William”  is a singer/song writer who hails from Palatka Florida with deep roots in the Lakes area. His personally original songs written over the span of fifty years covers multi genres and subjects including love, war and tragedy. His newest, “Santa Fe” is a powerful reflection of his concern and empathy. His selection of cover favorites includes Folk, Country, Rock and Blues and it is easy to sing along!

March 26   Jimmy “Redbone” Childs         Redbone has been a local blues musician in Gainesville since the early 70s and played professionally with Little Mike and The Tornadoes for five years. He has associated and played with notable national blues acts as Kim Wilson from the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Willy Smith, drummer from the Muddy Waters Band and piano players Barrelhouse Chuck and Sunnyland Slim. 

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“Bartram” at the library

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Concert!

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Concert!

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A Visit To Magnolia Lake State Park

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Feb. 2020 Coffeetalk

Shake Rag Coffee Talk, Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Inside Melrose Center

307 State Road 26, Melrose, FL 32666

February 6, 2020     Mike Anderson   – The Dulcimer Guy – is the quintessential folklorist and musician.  Anderson’s whimsy and wit are always a hit with audiences.  Mike plays guitar, banjo, jaw harp, nose-flute, bones, and more.  He is best known as an outstanding mountain dulcimer player–one of the very best in his home state of Illinois and indeed the entire Midwest. As a driving force on the folk scene he is one of the people we can thank for keeping traditional music and storytelling alive.

February 13   Tenth Annual Valentine’s Day Show host, Bill Moran.  Love songs and spoken word variety show– a celebration of love of the planet and its people with new and returning poets and musicians. A community affair where love is in the air; for all those who want to exchange a feeling of love.

February 20    Lauren Heintz     “Gatorbone Studios Recording Artist, Lauren Nicole Heintz, is a singer/songwriter out of Orlando, Florida. She’s been performing professionally for only a few years, but with her skillful guitar stylings, uniquely deep voice, and award-winning songs she is already becoming a mainstay at the major Florida folk festivals and tours the country performing concerts. In 2012 she released her first album, Feels Like a Miracle. Her awards include a 2014 win at the South Florida Folk Festival singer/songwriter competition, a 2013 win at the Walnut Valley Festival song contest, and two Top Ten placings at the Will Mclean New Florida Song Contest.”

February 27   Elaine Mahon and Sam Mahon Gainesville singer-songwriter Elaine Mahon and her son, Sam Mahon, are compelling as they weave intricate vocal harmony and acoustic guitar arrangements around Elaine’s poetic songs.  From mountains to oceans,  Selkies to Chevys, and the Earth to the stars, Elaine’s songs delve deep into the lifeexperience.   Employing seamless vocal harmonies informed by musical sensibilities from folk to jazz, Elaine & Sam lovingly deliver songs of hope, wonder and empowerment straight to the heart of the listener. 

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