An evening with Tim Duffy and Jeffrey Scott
July 23, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM
Join us July 23, 2021 | 7pm | 536 Craghead Street Gallery | In the River District, Danville, VA
The event is free, but space is limited, so please contact the museum for reservations.
Sponsored by Rick Barker Properties
Tim Duffy | A Conversation with the Artist
Timothy Duffy is a renowned photographer and founder of the Music Maker Foundation, which assists traditional musicians in need. Timothy has been recording and photographing traditional artists in the South for 40 years. Duffy builds years-long relationships with artists in order to produce evocative, spiritual portraits and haunting landscapes. Duffy captures both environments and people with “the ability to meld past and present into a joyful, singular moment of timelessness,” in the words of renowned Southern photographer Sally Mann. His work is held in the permanent collections of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Beineke Library, Ogden Museum of Art, the Morris Museum of Art, among other museums and institutions. His extensive musical recordings are held in the Southern Folklife Collection in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina. He lives with his wife, Denise, the co-founder of Music Maker, in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
Jeffrey Scott | One of the Great Virginia Blues Players
The rich musical tradition in the East Coast country blues owes much to ragtime, traditional Appalachian Mountain music, African American string music, spirituals and gospel, rural African American dance music, and the early white country music of the 1930s.
This blues style features intricate fingerpicking with alternating bass, and a simultaneous syncopated melody picked on the treble strings. Often called Piedmont Blues, this style has a certain sweetness in the guitar style, but the thematic of these blues can be about the sacred, or the profane, about hardship, struggle, murder, pain, suffering, drinking, trouble with the opposite sex, and more. It’s the blues where if you don’t understand the English, the singing and melody sounds so lovely and sweet, but if you hear and understand the words you can feel the bite.
Down in Culpeper, Virginia, Jeffrey Scott is carrying on the acoustic Piedmont Blues tradition taught to him by his grand-uncle, the late great John Jackson, as well as from the musical and community heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountain Region. His repertoire includes Piedmont Blues, Country Blues, Gospel, and Ragtime.
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