Postmodern Mythic American Music
Saturday July 13, 2002

FREE Concert in Huntington's Heckscher Park
The Chapin Rainbow Stage

The Folk Music Society presents our event in the
37th Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival


DAVE CARTER & TRACY GRAMMER

DAVE CARTER & TRACY GRAMMER on of an evangelist mother and a mathematician father, Dave Carter seemed destined from an early age to be an outsider's outsider. Raised in Oklahoma and Texas, weaned on equal parts mysticism and logic, the family's trips back and forth across the Red River paralleled Dave's forays into the dual realms of fantasy and rational philosophy. Though he excelled in academics and his study of classical piano (which began at age four), in his heart, Dave would ride the limitless plains of a hundred years past, alongside his distant relative Quanah Parker, the great Commanche chief

Dave grew up caring for horses, building fences, and wondering about the wide world outside the towns he had known all his life. The simple daydreams of his childhood gradually developed into detailed stories, and at age seventeen he left home in search of some beautiful thing he could never quite name. In the long and arduous course of his wanderings, his boyhood dreams began to fray and unravel around the edges, coiling themselves together with the barbed-wired facts of everyday life on the road. So were born the songs Dave continues to play and write today - musical tales which weave together seamlessly the savage bite of cold a wind down the hungry highway, the darkest longings of the hard-bittenheart, and the profoundest innocence, faith and virtue.

racy Grammer's first show with Dave Carter was in September 1996 at Portland's Clinton Street Theater, where Dave participated in a Songwriters Summit with Buddy Mondlock, Carol Elliott and Deb Levoy. The addition of Tracy's tight harmonies, understated, soulful violin and mandolin instrumentals and solid rhythm guitar playing made the duo an instant hit. Since then, Tracy has accompanied Dave to showcases and festivals throughout the U.S.

Tasteful, sparse, strong yet subtle - this description holds as true for her performance as it does for Tracy herself. She is a versatile and sensitive artist, adding just the right color and texture to Dave Carter's brilliant songwork. Playing a violin crafted in the late 1770's by the Eberle family, Tracy gets a dense, warm tone from her instrument that helps set the Dave and Tracy sound apart.


  • "Their material is superior, in lyric and melody. Dave's a really fine player to boot. ... He's a good singer, and he picked a great one for a partner. Tracy Grammer's voice has that special purity and strength that lends soft authority to the mythical themes of their musiic. Her fiddle playing is different, very ensemble-wise and lyrical, hangs in tight with the guitar in a way that really works."
      Pure Music

  • "This duo appeals to cowboys, CEOs, and every misfit and magician in between."
      Eugene Weekly

  • "A fine example of synergy at its best."
      Celtic & Folk Music CD Reviews


Listen to a clip:   Ordinary Town   236-6132  


Opening Act:

CATHY KREGER

CATHY KREGERArmed with only an acoustic guitar and a voice as clear as cool water, Cathy Kreger delivers more pure music per minute than a bevy of roadhouse rockers. There aren't enough superlatives for an adequate description of a Cathy Kreger performance! This Connecticut native has chosen Long Island for her home, to our benefit and delight.

Her percussive, accomplished guitar work and powerful voice was instantly recognizable to anyone who has heard her solo work and her work with other musicians. Her most recent critically acclaimed album, Heart of the Matter, demonstrates the power behind her performances, as with her two previous sold-out releases Live at the Blue Angel Café and Grand Central Waltz.

Cathy is a consumate professional; she has opened for a number of stars including Bonnie Raitt, The Band, and Taj Mahal. Don't miss this Long Island Music Award nominee in a rare concert appearance.


Link to:     Cathy Kreger's website

THIS EVENT WAS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART WITH PUBLIC FUNDS FROM THE NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS. IN SUFFOLK COUNTY, THE DECENTRALIZATION PROGRAM IS ADMINISTERED BY THE HUNTINGTON ARTS COUNCIL. IT IS A PRESENTATION OF THE HUNTINGTON SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY THE TOWN OF HUNTINGTON AND PRODUCED BY THE HUNTINGTON ARTS COUNCIL.