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July 21, 2011

Free folklore concert at Pendleton library features top autoharpist

PENDLETON, Ind. — One of the premier autoharpists in the world, Adam Miller, will appear in concert Sunday at the Pendleton Community Public Library, 595 E. Water St.

His concert will be at 2 p.m. Sunday. The concert is free and open to the public.

Miller enchants the audience with folklore, history and songs. He is a 21st century troubadour with a trunk full of humor and soulful sensibility of American wit.

“I have always had a great interest in how folksongs travel through history, and how history travels through folksongs,” Miller explains. “American History — our collective past — is very much alive within us. People seem to crave a connection to that past, to the traditions, legends, and folksongs that they (and their parents and grandparents) grew up with. It is a great privilege to sing with people of all ages, all over the nation, and help them locate their own place in the long stream of cultural tradition — to make those connections to their own family history, their traditions, and those old songs that are part of them.”

His lively finger-picking acoustic guitar and autoharp melodies typically has the audience singing along. He has distinguished himself as a performer who appeals to people of all ages.

Miller has recorded four CDs that receive airplay across North America and Europe: “Bare Fingers — The Solo Autoharp Artistry of Adam Miller,” “The Orphan Train and other Reminiscences,” “Wild Birds,” and “Along Came a Giant — Traditional American Folk Songs for Young People.”

The concert, a part of the library’s Ovations and Hors D’oeuvres quarterly series, is sponsored by the Friends of the Pendleton Library.

Seating is limited. For reservations and information, call the library at (765) 778-7527 or email ashannon@pendleton.lib.in.us.

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