Friday, April 7 | 7:30 p.m.
Winter/Spring 2017 Concert Series
Amy White and Al Petteway have long been a favorite folk duo of audiences across the country, with their eclectic repertoire that includes original, traditional, contemporary Celtic, and Appalachian-influenced music with occasional nods to blues, New Age, and jazz. Their performances feature acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, piano, banjo, mountain dulcimer, and some of the finest vocals you’ll hear in any genre.
White is a multi-instrumentalist with a beautiful singing voice, and Petteway is a dazzling finger-style guitar player with a wide variety of country blues, Celtic, Appalachian, and jazz styles. Their performances are not only technically impressive but also heartwarming and brimming with magic, with each artist having the chance to shine and share.
They have won a total of fifty awards from the Washington Area Music Association (known as the Wammies), including a “Musician of the Year” award for Petteway. He has also received a GRAMMY Award and was voted one of the “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time” by Acoustic Guitar and was presented a silver and a bronze medal in the magazine’s “Player’s Choice Awards.”
Their music has been featured on a number of Ken Burns documentary films, most notably the soundtrack of the Emmy Award–winning documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. The album Caledon Wood, which includes the main theme of the National Parks documentary, was counted among the most essential albums of the past two decades in Acoustic Guitar’s twentieth anniversary issue. The couple has released over twenty full-length recordings and over a dozen instructional DVDs and books. They are visual artists as well, and their photography is represented by NatGeoCreative, the stock photo agency for the National Geographic Society.
“Music of transporting power and beauty . . . shaped not only by a keen sense of lyricism and dynamics, but also a quiet soulfulness that continually draws in the listener.”—Washington PostBack to Concerts