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Lawrence County Concert Series starts Saturday

Published 10:17am Friday, October 25, 2013

Atwater-Donnelly Trio opens event at OUS


The 2013-2014 Ironton Council for the Arts Lawrence County Concert Series begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Collins Center Bowman Auditorium at Ohio University Southern.

Nationally acclaimed group the Atwater-Donnelly Trio from Rhode Island begins the six-concert series with its combination of American and Celtic folk music, dance, poetry and humor.

Atwater-Donnelly has had 10 recordings, received national airplay and has performed alongside folk music icons such as Jean Ritchie, Pete Seeger and Doc Watson. The trio has also won numerous awards from Motif Magazine and been named best folk act in consecutive years.

Husband-and-wife musicians Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly along with Cathy Clasper-Torch constitute the group. Atwater and Donnelly play a variety of instruments such as the mountain dulcimer, spoons, mandolin, tin whistle, banjo, guitar, bones and limberjacks. Clasper-Torch adds fiddle, cello and vocals along with Appalachian clogging, French Canadian footwork, tap and poetry. The group has also produced six books and a film.

More information about the group is available at

The series concludes in April and a performance is scheduled for each month with the exception of January. The five additional concerts and locations are:

Nov. 16

Salaam Band Trio

• Middle Eastern and North African Music


• Collins Center Bowman Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

• Prelude dinner prior to the concert at 5:15 p.m. in the Riffe Center Mains Rotunda


Dec. 7

The Greater Huntington Symphonic Band

• Christmas music arranged for concert band featuring winds, brass and percussion

• Riffe Center Mains Rotunda, 7:30 p.m.


Feb. 15

Christopher Laber

• Classical and beloved music performed by this local, highly popular and accomplished solo vocalist

• Riffe Center Mains Rotunda, 7:30 p.m.


March 15

Jesse Davis

• Pianist and winner of national and international piano competitions


• Riffe Center Mains Rotunda, 7:30 p.m.


April 5

Road to the Isles

• Traditional music, dance and folk songs

of Ireland and Scotland


• Riffe Center Mains Rotunda, 7:30 p.m.

Founded in 1980, the ICA’s mission is to build and maintain an arts presentation audience in Ironton and the surrounding Tri-State area and to provide an interesting and affordable ongoing series of arts and humanities performances.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. on the campus of Ohio University Southern, 1804 Liberty Ave., in Ironton. Season tickets are $70 for families, $35 for adults and $30 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased for all six concerts online at or by mail by sending an order form to: Ironton Council for the Arts, P.O. Box 234, Ironton, Ohio 45638. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on a show-by-show basis for $10.

Questions or comments can be emailed to

The Ironton Council for the Arts is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. All proceeds from sponsorship and ticket sales go toward securing top-tier performers, and for printing and postage costs.

Questions or comments can be emailed to

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