Library launches a month of free music

Visitors to the Smithsonian exhibit, New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music at the Beaufort Branch Library, agree that it is an unforgettable, toe-tapping musical experience!   Be sure to experience this one of a kind exhibit during its stay at the Beaufort library (311 Scott Street). The exhibit will be on view during hours of operation until Saturday, February 4.

In addition to being the temporary home for New Harmonies, the Beaufort library, in partnership with several local organizations, has put together a robust schedule of free, music events. Full event descriptions are available online at www.beaufortcountylibrary.org/newharmonies<http://www.beaufortcountylibrary.org/newharmonies.

Documentary Film Series
The following films will be shown at the Beaufort library at both 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on the respective dates. There is no admission charge for these screenings.
• Thursday, January 5,  3 p.m. and 6 p.m. “Al Otro Lado.”
• Thursday, January 12,  3 p.m. and 6 p.m. “Awake My Soul: The Story of Sacred Harp”
• Thursday, January 26,  3 p.m. and 6 p.m. “Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music”
• Thursday,  February 2, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. “Through Many Dangers: The Story of Gospel Music.”

Lunch and Listen
Performances begin at noon in the auditorium (Bldg 12) on the Technical College of the Lowcountry Beaufort Campus, 921 Ribaut Road.  Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch to eat in the student center prior to the performance.  All performances are free.
• Wednesday, January 11 at noon: “Girls with Guitars: Women in Country Music” with Amanda Brewer.
• Wednesday, January 25, Noon: “Sounds of Barbershop” featuring Tidal Fource
• Wednesday, February 1, at Noon: “Livin’ Music: A Gullah/Geechee Journey of Harmony” featuring Queen Quet.

Saturday at the Smithsonian:
A series of free music programs suitable for the whole family to enjoy every Saturday at the Beaufort Library at 2 p.m.
• Saturday, January 7: “History of Hand Drumming and Drum Circle” with Sam Jones.
• Saturday, January 14:  “Shape Note Singing with Lowcountry Sacred Harp.” Note: This event will be held at Grand Army Hall, 706 Newcastle Street.
• Saturday, January 21: “Appalachian Stories and Songs” with John Fowler.
• Saturday, January 28: “Tunes and Tales” with Irene Goodnight.
• Saturday, February 4: “Gullah Stories and Songs with Aunt Pearlie Sue.”

Sunday Concert Series:
The following concerts will be held at ARTworks (2127 Boundary Street). There is no admission charge. Donations are encouraged.
• Sunday, January 8 at 3 p.m.:    FolkUs and The Hungry Monks in concert.
• Sunday, January 22 at 3 p.m.: Blue Mudd in concert.
• Sunday, January 29, at 3 p.m.:   Drink Small Trio in concert.

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