Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 22, 2013

Nationally acclaimed ensemble coming to Tri-State

Trio to open Lawrence concert series in Ironton

Staff report
The Independent

IRONTON — The Ironton Council for the Arts kicks off the first of six 2013-14 Lawrence County Concert Series performances in hand-clapping, toe-tapping style on Saturday with the Atwater-Donnelly Trio.

The nationally acclaimed, Rhode Island-based ensemble will present a combination of American and Celtic folk music, dance, poetry and humor.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in the Collins Center Bowman Auditorium on the campus of Ohio University Southern in Ironton.

 Atwater-Donnelly counts among their credits: 10 recordings with airplay on such National Public Radio shows as “All Things Considered” and Fiona Ritchie’s “Thistle and Shamrock”; having performed or shared billing with such folk legends as Pete Seeger and Doc Watson; having researched and performed traditional folk music and dance in the U.S., Canada and the British Isles; and, having won several Motif Magazine awards and Best Folk Act in consecutive years.

The trio consists of Aubrey Atwater, Elwood Donnelly and Cathy Clasper-Torch. Atwater and Donnelly combine gorgeous and unusual harmonies with performing on a variety of folk instruments including mountain dulcimer, spoons, mandolin, tin whistle, banjo, guitar, bones and limberjacks. Clasper-Torch provides the additional dimensions of fiddle, cello and vocals.

Together, the trio complements their instrumentals and vocals with a combination of Appalachian clogging, French Canadian footwork, tap, poetry, wit and humor.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door. Season tickets may be purchased online by visiting the Ironton Council for the Arts website at southern.ohiou.edu/irontonarts/. Ohio University students will be admitted free with student ID.