Camp Frances Recreational and Educational Center is pleased to sponsor two concerts by Charlotte-based Abell, Copper and Shrift. They will be held on Tuesday, August 21 and Tuesday, August 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Oak Park on the corner of South Clinton and West Seminary Streets in Charlotte.
The family-oriented shows have been designed to entertain people of all ages. In keeping with the band’s motto—“The louder you sing, the better we sound”—the performances will consist entirely of songs that encourage audience participation. Familiar classics such as “Oh, Susanna,” “Crawdad Song” and “Home on the Range” will be included along with some newer favorites. Cowboy songs, Irish ballads and sea shanties will be among the offerings.
“We are excited to be able to bring these songs to Oak Park,” said band member H. Lee “Hardly” Abell. “Since the band was formed, we have focused on reacquainting audiences with traditional music. We are particularly interested in passing this music on to the children in the community.”
Lead singer Alphonse “Shorty” Shrift described how the concerts were put together. “We started with a list of more than 100 songs that band members liked. The 35 that we selected were still too many to include in one performance and hold the attention of kids so we decided to spread them over the two concerts.”
“We are excited to bring these concerts to families in Charlotte,” said Camp Frances board chairman Bill Callahan. “They will help us advance our mission of providing recreational and educational programs that enrich the quality of life for area residents.”
The two concerts are free of charge. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. In the event of rain, the concerts will be held at City Hall.