Music critics say Cats and the Fiddler is an “acoustic wonder” – and so do music lovers who heard the youthful trio perform last year during the Concert in the Park summer series. The award-winning group is back again in 2012, eager to entertain guests Aug. 22 at the St. Johns City Park Performance Shell. There’s no admission charge for the show that begins at 7 p.m.
The trio of 16-year-old musicians, Shaun and James Richardson and Carmen Gibes, has been making music since they each could hold a stringed instrument. In recent years, Cats and the Fiddler has wowed audiences throughout Michigan and beyond with their unique style of acoustic music the features influences from multiple genres – country, bluegrass, blues, and jazz.
The band performed at the 2009 Detroit Music Awards, and at the 2009 IBMA World of Bluegrass Songwriters Showcase and Bluegrass in the Schools in Nashville, Tenn. Their third CD, Road to Nashville, was featured in the nationally recognized magazine, “Bluegrass Unlimited.”
The group’s most recent CD, Come Back to Me, was nominated for Best Acoustic CD in 2011 for the Detroit Music Awards, and was also featured in “Bluegrass Unlimited” where it received rave reviews from music critics and audiences alike.
Concert in the Park is sponsored by the Clinton County Arts Council and the city of St. Johns, with support from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, Sparrow Clinton Hospital is being recognized at the Aug. 22 concert for its financial support of the Arts Council and the summer music series.
Concerts are held each Wednesday evening, beginning at 7 p.m., in the St. Johns City Park. The St. Johns Lions and Lioness Club staff a concession stand that offers light refreshments. All concerts are held rain or shine.
For information on Concert in the Park call the Clinton County Arts Council, (989) 224-2429.