Bluegrass band to perform Nov. 10

Tiger Maple String Band

The Tiger Maple String Band will perform Friday, Nov. 10, as part of the Oil City Arts Council’s Winter Concert Series.

The concert featuring this bluegrass band will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Great Room, located on the first floor of the National Transit Building at 206 Seneca St., Oil City.

Tickets are $10 per person for nonmembers of the Oil City Arts Council and $8 per ticket for those who are members.  Tickets for the event may be purchased at the door.

Tiger Maple String Band is described as an energetic collection of talented musicians dedicated to continuing traditional and original old time music.

Residing in northwest Pennsylvania, band members said the rural setting gives them plenty of inspiration towards the continuance of acoustic music.

This acoustic group consists of six talented musicians.  Justine and Alison Parker, Suzuki trained violinists, offer a repertoire of old time fiddle tunes.  The young ladies rank among some of the best young fiddlers on the East Coast.  Barry Smith on the Clawhammer Banjo brings a colorful texture of Appalachian banjo, giving rich rhythms with bright melodies to every tune.  Fred Parker plays acoustic guitar and violin.  His knowledge of old time music shines through on both instruments.  Solid instrumental backing gives the vocals a chance to be warmly shared with everyone in the group.  Lori Burke is the most recent addition to the group.  She sings and plays her old Gibson in the traditional old-time style.  Burke’s harmony with Parker’s vocals lights the way to the soulful meaning of each piece the band performs.

The overall sound has historical values and full body richness that only acoustic instrument music and clear vocals can bring.

Tiger Maple String Band welcomes challenges from a variety of different musical directions.  Starting with oldtime Appalachian fiddle tunes, to Scottish ballads, with Irish jigs, and Cajun waltzes,
are a few styles which are covered during a set.

“Upbeat rhythms and big smiles are what we bring to every show.  Tiger Maple strives to keep the listeners’ toesa-tapping and fingers snapping for hours,” band members said.

The next concert in the arts council’s Winter Concert Series will be held on Friday, Dec. 8, and will feature the popular area Windy River Band.