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AAFFM Presents: Clay Babies, and The Irish Brothers
July 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT$8 – $10
Clay Babies is a husband-wife song-writing duo from the Georgia mountains. Reared in the red-clay foothills of Georgia (Tim) and South Carolina (Lillie), they followed their hearts to the mountains of Western North Carolina where folk music and beautiful nature abounds. After years of learning mountain music, they finally found each other. Ideally matched in music and life, Tim and Lillie now happily hang their instruments (and hats) in north Georgia, a land near to many ancestors of both. Clay Babies has been performing and creating albums for nearly two years and expect to have their third album done by the time of their performance at Fiddler’s Green.
Clay Babies sing and play original songs and a variety of genres including folk, country, Celtic, Americana and Appalachian old-time. Their instruments include guitar, fiddle, mandolin, Irish bouzouki, tenor banjo, 5-string Appalachian claw-hammer banjo and harmonica. This duo aims to create as many albums as possible during their remaining stay on Earth, with the hope of contributing to positive change in their culture, country, and world. Tim has played in various types of bands over the past few decades, including his 1990’s stint as lead singer in a Macon, GA rock band. Lillie got her start playing music for folk dances (contra, square, waltz) in Western NC around 2007. Together, they enjoy creating and playing whatever music moves them.
The Irish Brothers
We’re deeply gratified that The Irish Brothers make Fiddlers’ Green a regular stop every March, the busiest month for Irish musicians. “Captain” George Hergen and Sandy “Sandyman” Flynn may be Atlanta’s most popular and proficient performers of the beloved genre of traditional Irish music the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem introduced to the American Folk Revival.
They’re a unique team. Sandyman comes from the mountains of Western North Carolina, while the Captain hails from the canyons of New York City. The two started performing together more than 35 years ago when they worked “suit” jobs at IBM. Both draw from their Irish heritage for material. Their music practically maps the Irish cultural integration into the “new country” – from traditional Irish ballads to original songs of love, drinking, revolution and redemption.
Sandy is a former songwriter on Music Row (Tree-Sony/ATV) in Nashville. He was a founding member of the band Cullowhee, which toured nationally and internationally for ten years in the 70s and 80s. George started singing and playing after his first visit to New York’s Greenwich Village in the mid-1960s. He honed his craft by traveling throughout Ireland with the great Tommy Makem. The pair received the name “Irish Brothers” following a performance at The Folk Alliance several years ago in Memphis, Tennessee.