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Waterfront Park String Band

Waterfront Park String Band, Local Bluegrass/Folk Performers, to Give Free Concert June 2 in Needham.

Thursday, June 2, 2005, at 7:30 p.m.

Knights of Columbus Hall, 1211 Highland Avenue, Needham

Free and open to the public

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

The Waterfront Park String Band (WPSB), a local bluegrass/folk group, will perform at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Needham Public Library at 7:30pm, Thursday, June 2, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1211 Highland Avenue, Needham. The concert is free and open to the public.

The WPSB was founded by Michael Forney and Keith Allen, both transplanted southerners (Mike from Lawndale, N.C., and Keith from Danville, Va.) with musical roots in folk music, traditional gospel, and bluegrass. They frequently perform at the Waterfront Park in Newburyport, Mass., where they both live. Keith plays guitar and sings lead vocals; Michael sings harmony vocals and plays mandolin, fiddle and guitar.

The group, which sometimes expands to include other musicians, has performed in venues as wide-ranging as local theaters, church choirs, folk music clubs, and television specials. They have appeared recently at the Newburyport Firehouse Theater, the Tap in Haverhill, David’s in Newburyport, The Barking Dog in Amesbury, Yankee Homecoming in Newburyport, and Akmon’s Barber Shop in Paris, Kentucky. However, the venue of choice is the Newburyport waterfront on warm sunny afternoons. In November 2004, the WPSB recorded a CD of 14 songs, primarily traditional folk and bluegrass. A second CD is in the works for summer of 2005, including original songs.

Waterfront Park String Band
The Waterfront Park String Band: Keith Allen (left) and Michael Forney.

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