Grammy Nominee to Kick off First Wednesdays Manchester
Grammy nominee, banjo player and music historian Stephen Wade will explore folksong traditions across the South in a special lecture performance at Manchester’s First Congregational Church on Wednesday, October 7, at 7 pm. The event, titled ‘The Beautiful Music All Around Us,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series and is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library hosts the talk.
Combining images, live music and spoken narrative, Wade will trace his journey into musical traditions across the American South, a journey which culminated recently in his book, ‘The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience.’
Wade’s remarkable research rediscovers the largely unknown players and singers whose performances of traditional songs were captured on early Library of Congress field recordings. His stories of the folk tunes, their creators and the communities from which they spring speak to the interconnectedness of American lives.
Wade has devoted his distinguished career to the study of American folklife, uniting scholarship and the creative arts. A guitarist and a player of the banjo since childhood, his presentations combine virtuoso musicianship with scholarly substance and storytelling. Wade is the winner of numerous awards. The First Congregational Church of Manchester is located at 3624 Main Street/Route 7A in Manchester Village. For more information, call the Manchester Community Library at 802-362-2607 or visit