Be Charmed by the Folk Music of Kelly Werts

Kelly Werts, a folk music charmer,  shares a lifetime of old-time songs with beguiling guitar accompaniment Sunday, Nov. 24 at 3pm in Marvin Auditorium as part of the library’s Music for a Sunday Afternoon series.Enjoy songs from early America and his fingerstyle guitar playing.

KellyIn an era long before today’s singer-songwriters, songs were born anonymously and then open-sourced to many singers over many years, with the results being available to us now as time-tested treasures. Kelly brings these old songs into a new dialogue between voice and instrument, with surprises at each new encounter.

Over the past 30 years Kelly has explored many new ways of playing old-time traditional music in groups like The Plaid Family and The Sons of Rayon, where the purity of varied acoustic sounds have mingled in sometimes jarring new ways. In an intimate performance of chestnuts from old-time Americana (as well as a few popular songs from the past 50 years), Kelly takes us on a sightseeing trip through the landscape of each song.

Kelly has established a reputation as a performer, arranger and producer through his collaborations with some of the best musicians in the Midwest. His appearances in concerts, festivals and schools have helped to keep the old songs alive for thousands of listeners, young and old. By constantly finding new ways of playing old-time music, he has helped to preserve and illuminate it for generations to come.

See more of Kelly by checking out his performance schedule.

A public relations professional, editor and writer, Lisa shares the library story in her blog posts, in the bimonthly Library News, and media interviews. A self-described social media and news nut, Lisa harnesses that passion to raise awareness and understanding of the library's vital role in this community.