SPRINGFIELD – The 5th Annual Bluegrass Jamming in January promises to be better than ever when the award-winning musicians and popular bands take the stage on Saturday, Jan. 27.
The toe-tapping, foot-stomping entertainment will be going on from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Springfield School, the town's event venue, at 210 Brodie St.
The excellent acoustics in the school's restored auditorium and the outstanding talent of the performers promises a memorable evening for those attending.
“We’ve just finished (installing) over $5,000 in acoustic panels in the auditorium, and fundraisers such as this event helped pay for it,” says Sylvia Hiers, chair of the Springfield School Restoration and Use Board.
Two award-winning fiddlers and another musician recognized for his contributions to folk music will be among those featured at this year's Jammin' in January.
The Giddy Swamp Gully Washers will perform in the auditorium from 5:30 to 6 p.m., followed by Palmetto Blue at 6 p.m., the Pine Hill Ramblers at 7 p.m. and Flatland Express at 8 p.m.
“The Giddy Swamp Gully Washers is what we are calling an outstanding teacher-and-student group. Ella Thomas, a 14-year-old fiddle player, won the 2017 South Carolina State Fiddle Competition,” said Marty Carrigg, coordinator for the music at Jammin' in January and one of the musicians with Flatland Express.
“Kristen Harris of Columbia is her teacher. Ms. Harris was the 2014 North Carolina State Fiddle Competition winner. If people come and hear them play, they will be in for a real treat,” Carrigg added.
Palmetto Blue hails from the Midlands area of South Carolina, and their lead singer, Chris Boutwell, received the 2014 Folk Heritage Award at the S.C. State House.
The Pine Hill Ramblers, who hail from the Pine Hill community near Orangeburg, have participated in Jammin' in January for several years. They perform all over the state.
Flatland Express, also from this region, supported the Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center by presenting a free concert there in October of last year. They perform throughout the state.
Those paying admission to Jammin' in January are invited to take part in jam sessions in some of the rooms in the Springfield School on Saturday, beginning at 4 p.m.
Tickets for Bluegrass Jammin' in January are $8 per person in advance or $10 at the door. Children 13 and under can attend the concert free with an adult. All proceeds will be used for the ongoing Springfield School restoration project.
Food will be on sale starting at 5 p.m. Homemade chili, cooked on site by Chip Brown and Kent Barr, will be available, along with hot dogs cooked by Robert Agroe, desserts donated by Cynthia and Jerry Hallman and beverages.
People not attending the performances will also be able to purchase for takeout the chili, hot dogs, desserts and beverages by entering the east-side, or Highway 4 side, double doors of the school.
Ticket-holders are asked to enter through the front doors of the Springfield School.
Advanced tickets can be purchased at the following locations: Enterprise Bank of Springfield; Edisto Springfield School of the Arts in Springfield; Lone Star Bar “B” Q in Santee; the town halls of North, Springfield and Neeses; Morgan’s Pharmacy in Springfield; ASAPH Music Store in Springfield; the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce; Mid Town Café in Springfield; Duke’s Bar-B-Q on Whitman Street in Orangeburg; and the Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center in Orangeburg.
The Springfield School Events Committee states, “Springfield Defends Fruitcake, the Country Christmas Supper, Jamming in January and events like these need to be supported by those who like the Springfield School for whatever their favorite thing is about it. The big goal for the Springfield School ... is to unite our area and to give us something to enjoy and work together on.”
For more information about the 2018 Bluegrass Jammin' in January, call Marty Carrigg at 803-308-7408 or Sylvia Hiers at 803-258-3764.