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News Tony Barrand and Keith Murphy Perform Atwood Family Songs at Marlboro, November 14

Marlboro, VT -- (November 3, 2010) -- Tony Barrand and Keith Murphy will perform music from their new CD, On the Banks of the Coldbrook: Atwood Family Songs in Marlboro's College's Ragle Hall at 3:00pm on Sunday, November 14.

Barrand first learned of the collection of songs written by Dover, Vermont resident James K. Atwood when he was a professor at Marlboro. The legendary folk musician and archivist Margaret MacArthur shared with him a volume of the songs originally published in 1919 and field recordings she made of Atwood's son, Fred, singing them. Barrand revisited the songs for Dover's bicentennial celebration this past October, and went into the studio with Murphy to record the songs.

An accomplished vocalist, Tony Barrand has recorded several albums of traditional folk music with John Roberts, including Twiddlum Twaddlum, Spencer the Rover is Alive and Well, and Across the Western Ocean. He and Roberts are also part of the four person group, Nowell Sing We Clear, which performs an annual yuletide concert series. Barrand recently retired from his post as professor of anthropology at Boston University.

Newfoundland-born Keith Murphy began absorbing his native musical languages - folksongs, ballads and dance music - from an early age. A proficient multi-instrumentalist, he has long applied much of his considerable energy to the rhythmic side, becoming a valued band member and sought-after sideman on guitar, mandolin and foot percussion. At the same time, Murphy's natural and lyrical singing and piano playing add a complementary dimension to his music, a thoughtful, well-crafted and ever-respectful take on tradition.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Marlboro College public relations office at 802-251-7644 or In the event of inclement weather, please call 802-451-7151 for cancellation information.

Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.









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