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Jan Gillies CD Release Concert

$5 ticket. 17 yrs & under Free

Jan Gillies grew up in the swamplands of northern Indiana, becoming an oceanographer, sailor, scientist, SCUBA diver, teacher, storyteller and songwriter. Since first picking up a guitar at the age of 14 during the upheavals of the Vietnam War, she uses music to laugh, cry, scream & whisper about all twists and turns life has thrown at her. Developing her initial Travis-picking style in coffeehouses from the Chicago area & Kangaroo Island, Australia to Miami, Florida, she has played in swamps, on shipboards, music festivals, and a wide range of usual and unusual venues.

Her story-songs and performances have been described as both educational and ‘mesmerizing.’ She has won awards in the Mid Atlantic Song Competition and ZETA 4 Miami radio station’s “Search for Sound” competition for new songwriters. She currently has 8 CDs, covering a lifetime of experience.

Neil Gillies has been performing on hammered dulcimer for over a decade, focusing on Old Time and traditional tunes, in addition to accompanying Jan on her more recent compositions. Together, they create a unique blend of the truly traditional and authentic country/folk music, drawing from their lives and experiences living in West Virginia for over 30 years.

For more about Jan’s music, see her website at or on Facebook at

Earlier Event: March 23
Art for All
Later Event: March 24
The Herb Club