“A CELEBRATION OF THE MUSIC OF JAMES TAYLOR” performed by THOMAS EARL and The B2s – Directed by Debbie Lan

A live concert to benefit the Stone Ridge Library Children’s Room Project

Saturday, July 21, 7pm
Marbletown Community Center
Suggested Donation, $15


When local musician Thomas Earl returned to the Hudson Valley after a hiatus in Hawaii, he wanted to do something for his local library. He remembered the days when the 1798 Stone Ridge Library building was held up by buttresses!

After following the progress of 1798 building restoration, with the final project underway—the children’s wing expansion in the 1811 building—he is performing a benefit concert to help the Library reach the finish line.

On Saturday, July 21st, starting at 7pm, Thomas Earl will perform a special concert celebrating the music of James Taylor. Thomas will be performing all the classics, including “Fire and Rain,” “Shower the People,” “Sweet Baby James” and others, as well as some of his original songs inspired by James Taylor. The nine-person women’s vocal group – The B2s, led by Debbie Lan, will open the concert and join Thomas for a grand finale of the show.

A $15 suggested donation at the door is requested. Reminiscent of the Coffee House genre of Acoustic Folk Music, the event will include coffee and desserts, in the air-conditioned Community Center, 3564 Main Street.

Thomas Earl has been writing and performing music for over 50 years. He is proficient in both guitar and bluegrass banjo, with a focus on creative finger style techniques. He has written dozens of original songs, including original music for theater productions, and has released two CDs of original music. His unique approach to playing and writing is based on very early influences ranging from Joni Mitchel and Mississippi John Hurt to Dave “Snaker” Ray, Leo Kottke, Earl Scruggs and Bill Keith. Thomas has just returned to New York after living for a year in Maui, where he was working on music for his new CD.

Originally from South Africa, Debbie Lan has been part of the local music scene since she moved to Woodstock in 1992. She has written, performed and recorded with Robbie Dupree, Artie Traum, John Hall, Dog on Fleas and others, and has recorded two award-winning CDs of original Cape Town-inspired music for children and families with her band Grenadilla. She also founded and directs Bloom and The B2s, her celebrated community women’s voice ensembles. Debbie composed the songs and libretto for her Pop Opera, On a Midsummer’s Night, which debuted in July 2017 at the Rosendale Theatre, bringing the standing-room-only audiences to their feet.

The Stone Ridge Library is housed in two historic buildings on Main Street where it has served the community since 1909. Serious structural issues were identified in the 1798 building in 2005 which precipitated a restoration campaign to stabilize the building. The adjacent 1811 building, housing the children’s wing, came next, and, finally, after a ten-year fundraising effort, the final project is under way.

For program information, please visit stoneridgelibrary.org, SRL Facebook page, or contact the Program Office at 845 687-7023, Ext. 108.

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