Walter, Eleanor and Andy all apprenticed with known tradition bearers, trading their time for the old guys' wisdom. All have taught that material for over a generation. What they do together has all the power they can muster from the old guys added to their own strengths as players and singers. That's considerable. Walter hung with Etta Baker and accompanied Son Thomas over a period of twenty five years, while Eleanor is famous for her 'House Party' film featuring most of the major Piedmont style players at that time. Andy was lead boy for a series of blind players for over thirty years, until they all passed.
They are the tightest of loose ensembles, at times backing one another commandingly, and at others leaving well enough alone.If it sounds as if they've been playing together for years, it's because they have.
rain or shine- Street Music on Paris Avenue in Old Village Port Royal is a free concert series that is a gift from the Town of Port Royal SC, produced by ARTworks, the arts council of Beaufort, Port Royal and the Sea Islands. All the concerts are free at 6pm, bring your chairs and dancing shoes. For more information, contact ARTworks at 843-279-2787, www.ArtWorksInBeaufort.org.