I was honored to be asked to perform on the lawn of the historic 1740-1743 Whitefield House for a free community concert. The good folks at Martin Guitar were sponsors and it was put together by Susan Boak. I asked my friend Kris Kehr to join me, and that was a special treat. Our first gig together since the pandemic smacked us upside the head over a year ago.
There had been a forecast of thunder showers for several days ahead, but things were good for the 4 pm show. It was sunny and quite humid. Kris and I set up in front of the small porch at the House with their small sound system. I had prepared a long set list for the event with my family songs and my bag of instruments opened up in front of us. As it turns out, there were no families and only a handful of adults on the lawn in front of us. It seems a combination of the Euro 2020 soccer match and my historic lack of crowd pull made the small audience inevitable.
None the less, Kris and I put together a good hour’s worth of entertainment as we cruised through July, Vegetable Song, Lessons from Pete, Rosie, Giant, Giants, etc. and I enjoyed chatting with the folks on hand. I sprung a couple of new tunes on Kris as well as abandoning the set list early on.
As I wrapped up the set with Simple Gifts, the local firehouse siren went off with a deafening wail; perfect closure for a Sunday in the park concert. Oh, well.
Still, Susan and the staff of the Museum were quite gracious, Kris and I got to catch up on things, we played well and delivered a quality folk concert for the folks who showed up. It was nice that my friend Dick Boak was part of the audience. I sold a CD, too.