Meridian Herald will present “Sing The Wind — Folk Songs With Steven Darsey” on Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Atlanta History Center’s Kennedy Theater, at 4 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to support Meridian Herald. The Atlanta History Center is at 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta.
Darsey is a singer, collector, and scholar of folk song. With a straightforward style in the tradition of balladeers Tommy Makem and Burl Ives, he sings little-known songs like “Leather Winged Bat,” comic songs like “Three Nights Drunk,” spirituals like “I’m Goin’ Home,” classics like “Danny Boy,” and his own folk-style compositions, like his setting of Sidney Lanier’s “Song of the Chattahoochee.” He especially likes songs about varmints. Between songs, he shares southern wit and wisdom.
For nine years, he sang songs to complement Fred Craddock’s stories in their “Winged for the Heart” programs in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Their collaborations were also featured in a statewide radio broadcast on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “On Stage,” in a GPB videocast and in several programs broadcast by GPB affiliate at North Georgia College produced by Sally Sears. By profession a church musician, Darsey holds the Doctor of Musical Arts from the Yale School of Music.
Meridian Herald, established in 1977, supports the interaction of worship, music and culture, with an emphasis on the indigenous traditions of the South. For more information on “Sing the Wind” visit www.meridianherald. com.