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CES at FSU Hosts Americana and Bluegrass Musicians, The Honey Dewdrops, in Appalachian Festival Capstone Concert

CES at Frostburg State University will present Americana and bluegrass musicians, The Honey Dewdrops, on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Palace Theatre at 31 E. Main St. in Frostburg. The performance is offered as the capstone concert for the 16th annual FSU Appalachian Festival.

Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, together known as The Honey Dewdrops, have long felt the push and pull between their Appalachian roots and their current home in urban Baltimore. Their evocative songwriting and harmony-soaked music blend the tones of guitar, banjo and mandolin to convey the beauty and warmth of traditional folk music while reflecting the harsh realities of the present. Baltimore Magazine stated that “… their sincere, stripped-down songwriting is just the kind of music we need more of. This music is sweet to the ears, easy on the heart, and will stick in your mind for some time to come.”

Immediately following the performance, WFWM-FM station director Chuck Dicken will join the artists onstage for a lively, interactive discussion with the audience.

Before the evening’s performance, Wortman and Parrish will present a free workshop, “Introduction to Harmony Singing,” at 3:30 p.m. on the FSU Upper Quad during Appalachian Festival daytime activities. Participants will learn techniques for achieving good tone, finding the melody and creating harmony. The workshop is open to those of all ages and no reservations are required.

Capstone concert tickets are $15 for adults; $13.50 for FSU faculty/staff, military and youth under 18; and free for FSU students. For more information, including ticket discount options, visit CES’ webpage at ces.frostburg.edu, or contact the University box office at 1-866-849-9237 or 301-687-3137.The box office, located in the FSU Lane University Center, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Honey Dewdrops engagement is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. The CES 2021-22 season is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org), the Allegany Arts Council and the City of Frostburg.

The University is following CDC guidance based on current conditions in the area. Audience members at this performance are expected to wear masks indoors when in the presence of others, regardless of vaccination status. Ticket holders must visit www.frostburg.edu/checkin for symptom monitoring or agree to the symptom-check language posted at events. Visit www.frostburg.edu/COVID19 for the most up-to-date guidance.

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