April 30, 1993

Press Contact: John Sullivan (202) 707-9216, Lucy Suddreth (202) 707-9191

Bluegrass Music To Be Performed at Library of Congress

The musical group Northern Lights (Mike Kropp, banjo; Taylor Armerding, mandolin; Jake Armerding, fiddle; Bill Henry, guitar; and Jeff Horton, bass) will present a concert of bluegrass music on Thursday, June 17, from noon to 1 p.m. on the steps of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building. The concert is sponsored by the Library's American Folklife Center as part of its Neptune Plaza Concert Series. The rain location is the Mumford Room, sixth floor, Madison Building.

In recent years, many bluegrass groups have adopted elements of rock and jazz. This is true of Northern Lights.

Founding member Taylor Armerding plays mandolin and sings lead on many of the up-tempo songs. Bill Henry plays guitar and sings lead and harmony. He brings a jazz influence to the band's sound, having attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston and then played in jazz bands before switching to the newgrass/bluegrass Northern Lights in 1982. Mike Kropp plays banjo and his innovative style helps define the group. In the past he has performed with David Bromberg, Don McLean, and Carole King. He joined the group in 1984. In 1990, Jeff Horton joined to provide vocals and play electric bass. Though he played in a Rhode Island based bluegrass band (The Neon Valley Boys), he also has a background in classical music, having sung choral music with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra. A new member of the group is Jake Armerding, the young fiddle-playing son of the band's leader. In addition to playing bluegrass, he is a classically trained violinist.

The concert will be broadcast at a later time on WAMU 88.FIVE FM on the Dick Spottswood show.

Future concerts include gospel singing on July 15, swing on August 19, and Hispanic music on September 16.

Public information: (202) 707-6590

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PR 93-062
ISSN 0731-3527

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