Region’s Favorite Folk Musicians to Perform at CMU
Cathy Barton and Dave Para present classes, concert
Perhaps the favorite folk musicians of the Boonslick Region, Cathy Barton and Dave Para will make a day's visit to Central Methodist University in Fayette on Wednesday, Oct. 2.
They will work with students in a morning class, and present an open concert in the evening at 7:30 in the Willie Mae Kountz Recital Hall.
The public is encouraged to attend the concert at no cost.
Barton and Para, married since 1979, have played folk music together for more than 35 years. For much of that time, they have also been involved in teaching their music and their instruments to young people.
Their music comes from the Ozarks, the Civil War, history, religion, and threads of folklore that weave together the history of Mid-America, especially Missouri. Their instruments come from everything—hammered and fretted dulcimers, guitar, banjo, autoharp, mouthbow, spoons, bones, and a leaf.
The duo's concerts are enlightening, fascinating, and fun. Their joy in their music is contagious. Their visits to CMU in the past have left lines of students and adults talking with them afterward and trying out some of the instruments.
Barton and Para founded the Big Muddy Music Festival in Boonville and the Boone's Lick Country Folk Festival in Arrow Rock.
In the last two years, Barton and Para have been awarded The 2011 Missouri Humanities Council Governor's Award, The Lighton Prize for Teaching Artist Excellence 2012, and the Folk Tradition in the Midwest Lifetime Award, also in 2012.
Their visit to CMU is sponsored by the Cultural Affairs Committee and the CMU Student Government Association and with financial assistance from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
Cathy Barton and Dave Para play a banjo-mouth harp duet in a visit to Central Methodist University music classes in 2011.
Posted September 17, 2013