“Big Frank” Waddell and two singer/songwriter pals were scheduled to perform at ARTworks on July 12, but had to reschedule, due to broken air conditioning. However, they’re back now and in fine form to entertain audiences with laughter and lyrics.
Well known to local audiences, “Big Frank” has played the guitar and written songs for over 40 years and performs a repertoire that he describes as “Americana Folk and comedy”. However, he is best known in Beaufort as a “writer in
the round” who has traded stories and songs onstage with Carroll Brown, Michael Reno Harrell, and other performers on numerous occasions at ARTworks in Beaufort. This time, though, he is headlining the show, so that he can introduce the talents of two lesser known singer /songwriters that he met through songwriter open mic nights in the Charleston area. One of these performers is David Owens, who hails from Folly Beach, SC. He best sums up his life as a performer in the lyrics from his original song Live Like This: “I’ve traveled many a bumpy road and a dusty mile, and it’s a sight for these sore eyes to see that sweet southern smile.” David’s 30 year music career, playing at festivals and venues has taken him across the US and back, from Key West to Port Townsend, however his creative home and inspiration is the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
Substituting for Ed Hunnicutt, who was unable to reschedule, is Tim Styles. Tim was first introduced to Beaufort audiences earlier this spring when he was called up onstage to play a few songs at a previous “Writers in the Round” show which featured 3 other artists. Born and raised in the arrowhead range of northern Minnesota, Tim now resides in the Charleston area. With straightforward vocals and a powerful guitar style, he performer a dynamic variety of original country, folk, and rock tunes that are sure to skyrocket him to commercial success very soon.
More like a back porch get together with friends than a concert, expect a laid back evening where laughter flows freely and songs inspire other songs in a free flowing dialogue between the performers.
Songwriters in the Round will take place Saturday, August 2nd at 7:30 p.m. at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center, 2127 Boundary Street. Tickets are $17 for adults, $12 for students (ages 13+), $7 for children (ages 12 and under), $12 for groups of ten or more.
Tickets can be purchased online from www.artworksinbeaufort.com or by calling 843-379-2787.