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Durham County Poets Opening New Season Of CHIRP In Ridgefield

Durham County Poets will perform in Ballard Park in Ridgefield on Tuesday.
Durham County Poets will perform in Ballard Park in Ridgefield on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Contributed

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Durham County Poets, a lively and soulful five-piece folk and roots band from Quebec’s Chateauquay Valley, opens the 15th anniversary season of free Concert Happenings in Ridgefield’s Park (CHIRP) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Ballard Park on Main Street in Ridgefield.

Durham County Poets perform an eclectic blend of blues, folk and rock with tinges of country, gospel and swing tossed in for good measure. Its “bluesy country-folk with a lot of verve,” Richard Cuccaro said in Acoustic Live. The band’s musical influences include a broad range of artists – The Band, Eric Bibb, Dire Strait’s Mark Knopfler, Jimmy Reed, Leon Redbone and James Taylor among them.

Fronted by Kevin Harvey, a bluesy crooner, on lead vocals and harmonica, Durham County Poets feature David Whyte (electric and acoustic guitars), Neil Elsmore (acoustic guitar), Carl Rufh (double bass) and James Preimel (percussion). Popular at music festivals and venues across eastern Canada and fresh on the heels of a well-received juried official showcase at the 2015 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference, the band is now branching out more into the U.S.

Durham County Poets have two albums, “Where The River Flows” (2011) and “Chikkaboodah Stew” (2014).

"When I first heard Chickaboodah Stew last fall, I assumed the Durham County Poets, with their rootsy groove, were from North Carolina, only to find they're from the south -- of Canada,” says John Platt, host of “Sunday Supper” on WFUV Radio in New York. “The CD impressed me so much that I made a point of seeing them perform at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference, and they were even better live. Kevin Harvey's soulful singing and songwriting are beautifully complemented by the solid musicianship of the rest of the band.”

Click here for more information about Durham County Poets.

Concertgoers are advised to bring lawn chairs or blankets and food and drink. Click here for more information about the CHIRP series of 24 free concerts on Tuesday and Thursday evenings this summer in Ridgefield.

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