Picker's Supply Presents

Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase 
A Monthly Concert Series Featuring Original Acoustic Music

Fifth Aniversary Showcase!!!

Friday, October 30,  1998, 8 pm

It was GREAT show - we'll have more info about the next show
November 27 --Armour & Sturtevant; Stuart Whitford here soon ...

Bob Gramann
Bill & Pam Gurley Laurie Rose Griffith & Peter Mealy

Picker's Supply Concert hall 
902 Caroline St., Fredericksburg, VA (entrance in alley around back) 
Admission $6.00

Call (540) 898-0611 for

About the songwriters
Bob Gramann | Bill & Pam Gurley | Laurie Rose Griffith & Peter Mealy
One of the organizers of The Fredericksburg Songwriters’ Showcase five years ago, Bob Gramann now appears on the stage every month as the announcer.  This month, he’s going to sing, too.  Bob likes to write songs that tell stories.  An avid whitewater boater, he draws themes from the river, as well as from family life and the changing culture of the Fredericksburg area.  Some listeners find his songs humorous; others think they notice insights.

Bob was voted  Fredericksburg's best acoustic act in a Free Lance-Star music poll in 1995, the year his CD Mostly True Songs was published.  Since then, he has written a bunch of new songs and has begun recording for a second CD.  Music Americana DJ Dick Cerri says "He's got a great sense of humor and had the audience in stitches."  Washington Post critic Eve Zibart describes Bob as a "where's-my-Whole-Earth-catalogue sort of New Guy who'd rather be kayaking than fighting the good lawn fight."  

Bill and Pam Gurley of Lancaster, Virginia have been mainstays of the Tidewater acoustic music family for many years.  Since the early seventies, the couple has performed extensively at festivals and concerts, making many friends along the way.  The Daily Press describes their music as "clean and polished yet rustic and natural--musical communication on a deep, honest level."

Pam's voice is known for its crystalline, warm quality.  She accompanies her husband on the guitar as he switches with ease between fiddle, banjo, guitar and mandolin.  Their live performances include hot licks, solid songwriting and soaring harmonies that appeal to listeners from all walks of life.

Recently, the Gurleys celebrated the release of their first CD together, Lights of Home.  This collection of original songs and other tunes draws from Celtic, Bluegrass and Swing influences to create a unique and enjoyable recording that is being widely and warmly received.

Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Mealy have been performing together for four years.  In that time, they have established themselves as one of the preeminent acts in contemporary folk music. Their diverse musical backgrounds have enabled them to infuse folk, jazz, celtic and rock into their repertoire of compelling covers and award winning originals. They have performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and were finalists in the New Folk songwriting competion in Kerrville Texas. Laurie and Peter have received 10 WAMMIE nominations and their CD Tocoi Light won a WAMMIE for Best Debut album of 1996.

Laurie remains one of the most emotive, intuitive vocalists on the scene today inspiring World Folk Music Association's Dick Cerri to comment:  "it's easy to fall in love when you hear her sing."  Peter's creative guitar playing has earned him a monthly column in Acoustic Musician magazine. Laurie and Peter are committed  to bringing unsung songwriters to a wider audience and their second album, which be  available in early 1999, will  present works by several lesser known regional artists as well as their own award winning original songs.  Peter Mealy was one of the founders of the Fredericksburg Songwriters’ Showcase and has been instrumental in its continued success.

Bob Gramann | Bill & Pam Gurley | Laurie Rose Griffith & Peter Mealy

What's next!

Want more Info?

For more information call (540) 898-0611 or send e-mail to Bob Gramann at showcase@bobgramann.com.

Past Shows

Links to other Songwriters Showcase Web pages

Sites on the WWW with links to Federicksburg Songwriter's Showcase (Thanks!)

URL for this page: http://www.mwc.edu/ernie/songwrite.html
Last Time I changed anything on this page: Sunday, November 1, 1998
Page put together (with info & pics from Bob) by Ernest Ackermann.

Send rants/rave to above mentioned Ackermann at ernie@mwc.edu


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