$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 https://www.jangilliesmusic.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JanGilliesMusic/info