On Saturday, October 25th 2008 at 7P.M., Exploring Izard County will host a Concert at the Lunenburg Community Center near Melbourne featuring the music of Brian and Jeanette Driscoll.
Mr. Driscoll will also be making a presentation of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program for which he is the Technical Assistance Coordinator and will speak to those in attendance about the National Register of Historic Places, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, and how area landowners can get assistance in helping to preserve the historic treasures located on their properties. The Concert and Presentation are free and open to the public as we will ask for donations to help the ongoing restoration project for the Lunenburg Community Center. All donations from the public and sponsorships from area businesses will be forwarded to the Lunenburg Community Center Association to use as it sees fit.
Following is a short biography of our performers/lecturer for the event, Brian and Jeanette Driscoll:
Brian and Jeanette Driscoll have been performing music together for nearly 25 years. Their musical influences are drawn from a wide variety of both electric and acoustic styles and their choice of material is diverse, including folk, blues, bluegrass, gospel, and country.
Brian is an accomplished, seasoned musician, who plays guitar and mandolin. Listeners appreciate his ability to move easily from fast, hot, flatpicking songs to those requiring a slow, melodic touch. He and Jeanette weave their voices around tight harmonies and instrumental melodies as they share their musical interpretations and original compositions with audiences. Their uniqueness is found in both their choice of music and their arrangements. Whether singing the blues, a quick bluegrass song, or a mournful ballad, their performance is a winning combination of impressive musicianship and emotional commitment to the material.
Brian and Jeanette were founding members of the acoustic band Southwind based in Wichita, Kansas during the 1980’s. Southwind played festivals, concerts, and clubs throughout the Midwest for five years. They received a grant from the Kansas Arts Council which enabled them to take their music throughout that state, playing community concerts and festivals. During this time they also performed as the opening act for various artists including Ricky Skaggs, Emmy Lou Harris, Jethro Burns, John McEwen, Bryan Bowers, and Bill Monroe.
Brian was the winner of the solo division at the 2002Arkansas Acoustic Festival held in Conway, where his original music won him an opening spot at the Nickel Creek concert. As relative newcomers to the region, Brian and Jeanette Driscoll are beginning to make their musical presence known throughout the state.
For a more detailed look at our special guests, visit their CD Baby page and listen to some of their wonderful acoustic music!