Hi. I’m Walking Bob, and I was browsing the shelves of my local used stereo equipment, book and office supply store, also known as the SPCA Thrift Store, when I saw a familiar face. Former Emerson teacher and current performer on the Americana music scene, Rita Hosking, didn’t have a guitar in hand, but she was eager to tell me about an upcoming concert to support the Davis High Drama Department.
The Davis Senior High School Drama Department has been selected to perform at the prestigious Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Neither UniTrans nor Yolo Bus have stops in Edinburgh, so this is going to be an expensive trip and the Drama Department needs your support. The concert by Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack and Misner & Smith on Friday, January 27 at 8:00 in the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School will be a key fundraiser.
Rita Hosking recently released a new CD, “Burn” and it again highlights her haunting voice, great musicianship and songs that tell stories rooted in history yet deeply personal. The winner of the Best Country Album in the 2010 Independent Music Awards will be joined by the group known as Cousin Jack with Sean Feder on banjo, dobro and bass; Bill Dakin on bass and guitar; and Andy Lentz on fiddle.
Misner & Smith are known for their musicianship, their two-part harmonies, and the clever songs that they write or carefully select from the works of people like Woody Guthrie, John Prine or The Band. Their background in theater contributes to their stage presence, and their songs, many written by Sam Misner, often tell great stories. One of Sam’s songs, “Madeline (Paradise Cracked)” won the West Coast Songwriters Association Award in 2007.
Sam’s partner, Megan Smith, was raised in Davis, and she was a Davis Madrigal when she attended Davis High School. Misner & Smith often perform locally at Rominger West or Armadillo Music and in the Bay Area, and they have also toured England. Their latest live CD “Live at the Freight and Salvage “ is available from CD Baby or at Armadillo Music.
Don’t miss this chance to support the Drama Department. You’ll get a full evening of enjoyable Americana/folk entertainment and know that you’re helping make it possible for this year’s talented Drama Department students to perform in Edinburgh. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased at Armadillo Music, from DHS drama students or at the door for the show, which begins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27.