Kevin Neidig, Henry Koretzky, Bruce Campbell & Ken Gehret in concert, Harrisburg, Jan 29

By John Hope

The Greater Harrisburg area is home to many fine musicians and four of the best—Kevin Neidig, Henry Koretzky, Ken Gehret, and Bruce Campbell—are coming together for a very special Susquehanna Folk Music Society concert on Saturday, January 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Fort Hunter Centennial Barn, 5300 N. Front Street, Harrisburg. The concert will be preceded by a free 6 p.m. potluck dinner. A similar concert with three of the four performers played to a full-house last year and drew such acclaim that the decision was made to bring them back again this year with the addition of another fine area performer.

Kevin Neidig excels at singing, instrumental prowess, and songwriting. Whether playing guitar, mandolin, or banjo, his nimble fingers extract magic from the strings. The arrangements he writes are dizzyingly technical, with ingenious chordwork and melodic lines balancing the lyrics and vocals. In addition to his solo work, Kevin is part of the duo Voxology. He teaches guitar in Mechanicsburg and online at guitar-yoga.com, where he challenges guitarists with fresh ideas that exercise the body, the mind, and the spirit.Harrisburg native Henry Koretzky came to playing music late in life and has spent the past few decades trying to make up for that lost time. Since the early 1980s he has been a regular on the local roots music scene, playing bluegrass, contra dance music, Klezmer, swing, contemporary folk/Americana, and a bit of Celtic. He has played with High Strung, Medicinal Purpose, The Contra Rebels, The Gnu Tones, Sweetwater Reunion, Ithaca (NY)-based bluegrass band Cornerstone, Rootbound, KJ & Henry, the Sweet Nothings, Shades of Green and Blue, the Old World Folk Band, and Sink or Swing.

Ken Gehret has been performing as a musician for more than 30 years, primarily as a guitarist and violinist. He performs, teaches, composes and arranges for more than 17 instruments including voice, woodwinds, reeds, strings and keyboards. Coming from a primarily country music background, he has performed with well known stars including Roy Clark and Mel Tillis, and has performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Ken plays with several local bands, in genres ranging from Irish Traditional to bluegrass to jazz.

Sideman-for-hire Bruce Campbell plays string bass in nearly any style imaginable. He has played with anyone who’s anyone in the area, including The Contra Rebels, The Canal Street Hot 6, Not Your Father’s Bluegrass Band, the Gadjo Playboys, Octavia Blues Band and with jazz pianists Mark Huber, Trixi Greiner, Tom Pontz and occasionally Steve Rudolph if he gets lucky. Even those who haven’t seen him onstage may have found him behind the scenes, helping other performers sound good through his role as a sound engineer for many performers.

The potluck dinner is free; bring a covered dish to share. Place settings and beverages will be provided. Concert tickets are $18 General Admission, $14 for SFMS members and $10 for students ages 3-22. Advance tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com or toll-free (800) 838-3006. For more information, visit the Susquehanna Folk Music Society web site at http://www.sfmsfolk.org

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