Ringing in the new year is an exciting schedule of performances ranging from folk music to mariachi at the Oats Park Arts Center.
The Churchill Arts Council announces its performances for the spring with the Susan Werner Trio appearing March 24. Werner is known for challenging herself to conquer new styles with her creative restlessness becoming her defining characteristic.
During her travels to Cuba in 2015 and 2016, Werner wrote the six songs of “An American In Havana” and the recording features her trademark wry, poetic lyrics set to Cuban sounds and song forms.
After performing four events in New York City and one in Las Vegas, Kat Edmonson comes to Fallon on April 21.
Born in Houston, Edmonson wrote her first song as a 9-year-old while riding the school bus. In 2002 after a year at the College of Charleston (South Carolina), she moved to Austin, Texas, to pursue a music career.
She went on her first U.S. tour in 2013 and also appeared in her first film that year, “Angels Sing” where she appears as herself and sings “Christmas Time Is Here” with Lyle Lovett. In the 2016 release of “Café Society” directed by Woody Allen, she plays the Les Tropiques Night Club singer, performing “Mountain Greenery” and “Jeepers Creepers.”
Her song “Lucky” was featured twice in the movie Admission and appeared over the credits in the Coca-Cola Footprints ad for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
The James Hunter Six offers a vibrating concert in Fallon on May 19. For 30 years, Hunter has worked on the railway, played in the streets of London, provided backup vocals and guitar for Van Morrison, performed in clubs and theaters all over the world, written scores of original songs and recorded some of the most original, honest rhythm and soul albums of the last two decades.
By 2006, Hunter was recognized with nominations for a Grammy Award (“Best Traditional Blues Album” and an American Music Award. On Feb. 2, Daptone Records will release James Hunter’s most ambitious album to date, “Whatever It Takes,” offering 10 new and original songs written by Hunter.
The first in-the-park concert of the summer takes place on June 16 with Mariachi Flor de Toloache.
The group is led by singers Mireya I. Ramos and Shae Fiol. Reminiscent of the early days of mariachi, the group started as a trio. Today, Mariachi Flor De Toloache performs as a full Mariachi ensemble.
Members come from diverse cultural backgrounds such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Italy and the United States.
Their new album “Las Caras Lindas” recently won the Latin Grammy in the “Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album” category.