Folk and Country Music Festival set at museum |

Folk and Country Music Festival set at museum

Laurie Hickey

A Folk and Country Music Festival is planned for May 23, 7 p.m. at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395 in Gardnerville.

Admission is $5 per person, tickets are available at the museum and cultural center. All proceeds are to benefit the Carson Valley Historical Society.

This event is made possible by the kind donations of time and talent of these fine musicians and artists who made this program possible. The program will follow the history of American music from Celtic tunes played by early Scottish and Irish settlers that evolved into bluegrass, folk and country that we listen to today.

O’Neills Revenge, a Celtic music group, is made up of a wide range of talented and diversified individuals. Andrew McIntosh, a 6th grade student plays the fiddle and tin whistle. Rose Barrett, 7th grade student, plays the fiddle and limker Jack. Tom Summers is the minister of the Valley Presbyterian Church and he plays the fiddle. Doug Barrett, an avid birdwatcher, plays guitar. Laura Barrett, who teaches piano and is a potter and painter, plays the hammered dulcimer. Claudette Springmeyer, Comptroller for Douglas County, plays bass.

David John and the Comstock Cowboys will play country music with a bluegrass flavor. David John, singer and songwriter from Nashville who owned his own club and has played with many well-known country artists has a new CD coming out this spring titled “Songs of the Old West” on Aztec Records. The Comstock Cowboys are now playing at the Old Washoe Club in Virginia City, where recently Michael Martin Murphy stopped by to play with the group. The band members include Rich Liska on steel guitar, Rick Hammel on bass and Vern Miller on banjo and guitar.

Sheri Kern will perform folk songs. One is an historical folk song about this area that was recorded and made popular several years ago by John Denver.

The evening will also include a silent auction, some of the items donated by artists. Among them are a watercolor by Marge Buttles and two watercolors by Elinor Skiles. Both artists are members of the East Fork Artist Association. Gasoline Alley Antiques and Custom Crafts have also donated items. A barbecue dinner for six was donated by the Lazy Hooker Ranch in Hope Valley. Door prizes include a Genoa Candy Dance Poster from the 1980s, four pen and ink prints from a Native American artist from Idaho and others.