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The Raisin Pickers to play next Blacksmith Shop Concert

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The Raisin Pickers. Photo courtesy of Riverfolk Music and Arts.

The Raisin Pickers. Photo courtesy of Riverfolk Music and Arts.

Manchester’s own The Raisin Pickers will perform on January 28 at 7:30 pm at The Blacksmith Shop, located at 324 E. Main Street. This will be the fourth concert in this season’s Blacksmith Shop Concert series, presented by Riverfolk Music and Arts. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite. Food and drink samples are included in ticket prices.

Event organizers state, “It’s the 26th anniversary of the founding of The Raisin Pickers, the Manchester-based string band that’s cultivated a loyal following in with its deft mix of rustic Appalachian music, old time swing, bluegrass, and lately swamp-driven Louisiana sounds.”

The group is made up Carol and Mark Palms, David Mosher and Billy King.

Carol Wells Palms (bass, fiddle, vocals), is a classically trained bass player who captures the heart of traditional music without letting go of high musical standards.

Mark Palms (banjo, guitar, accordion vocals) is a self-taught musician who chases the heritage of traditional music by studying banjo knee-to-knee with old-time legends and gathering up field recordings from Louisiana to West Africa.

David Mosher (mandolin, fiddle, guitar, vocals), one of southeast Michigan’s most in-demand side men who carries a half-dozen instruments, follows his sense of aural aesthetics where they lead–be it writing songs, producing recordings, or finding a bird in the woods by its call.

Billy King’s (electric guitar) versatility as a multi-genre singer-songwriter is matched by his ability on a wide range of instruments. As an engaging performer, Billy delivers a high-energy sound with lightness, dynamics, and sincerity.

This series is made possible by the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.

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