Folk and Classical mash-up at Gobin

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
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Folk singer-songwriters Linda Hicks (left) and Joe Peters (center) will team with classical violinist Allison Edberg and cellist Eric Edberg (not pictured) for a 7:30 p.m. show tonight at Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church.

"Deep and Simple", featuring singer-songwriters Joe Peters and Linda Hicks, violinist/violist Allison Edberg and cellist Eric Edberg, will perform a combination of original songs and classical pieces this Wednesday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. as the Greencastle Summer Music Festival continues at Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church. Admission is free, with donations accepted.

Eric Edberg, the festival's founder and organizer, says, "I'm excited to have my friends Joe and Linda back to the festival. So many people love how folk and classical music can be combined in one program, and their concert with Allison two years ago was one of the most talked about ever. Since then, I've begun sitting in with them, and we call the group 'Deep and Simple.' On Wednesday night, we'll mash up original music by Joe and Linda with classical pieces played by Allison and me."

Peters is a singer-songwriter who has released eight CDs of original music since 1998, and can often be found playing in the Lafayette area. Peters grew up in the Midwest during the late '60s and early '70s and his songs hearken back to a time when young people sought the experience of peace, love and adventure and expressed this search in their music.

Through his own music, Peters hopes to rekindle in others that spark of the truth seeker that was awakened in him long ago by the songs of other introspective songwriters. Many of Peters' songs are influenced by oriental philosophies and were written while living and working overseas. Peters' song, "Sail Away", won top honors at the First Annual Blooming-Tunes songwriting contest in 2009. His original musical slideshow, Root of the Matter, is featured on the Catholic Relief Services website.

Hicks' voice is spell binding, with its pure sound and bell-like clarity. Her voice has a way of mesmerizing a crowd, whether it is a small coffee house venue or a festival packed with hundreds of people. She started playing music about a decade ago, having been drawn into the bluegrass music scene. She has played in several bands, trying her hand at various music styles from bluegrass and old-time music to novelty jazz, and performing frequently with Peters.

In her debut album, "In the Corner," Hicks culled from a wide variety of musical influences to put together a recording of stunning beauty and candor. A mix of Hicks' original songs and favorite cover songs, she felt drawn to each song, either from the beauty of the melody, the power in the lyrics, or both of these things. Rich Warren of Sing Out! magazine wrote, "Hicks performs with taste and ability. Not only can she write, but she also knows how to choose excellent songs and deliver them with sensitivity and conviction."

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