Hartline & Friends: Encore Concert Benefiting Redding Shares the Warmth at Christ Church in Redding, January 28 beginning at 3 pm
Following the smashing success of last year’s fundraiser, the multi-faceted and talented guitarist/composer Doug Hartline will join forces with Arthur Lipner on vibes, Gary Blu on saxophone/flute/mandolin, George Skidd on bass, Alan Pugielli on drums, and vocalists Ginny Hartline, Joan Wallace, and Amy Jonnson for an encore special benefit concert at Christ Church in Redding, Connecticut on Sunday, January 28, at 3pm. The program will include novel renditions of uniquely arranged church hymns, as well as original and popular music. All donations will go to Redding Shares the Warmth.
Mr. Hartline is well known throughout Redding and beyond not only for his many musical concerts, including several appearances at Concert-on-the-Green, but for his role as Redding’s Health Officer.
Presenting his music in unconventional formats, such as incorporating jazz dancers or in contemporary church services, Mr. Hartline has drawn the attention prestigious news outlets, including The New York Times. Doug’s music has been described as “instrumental jazz with a strong folk influence”. Critics have described his sound as buoyant, soulful, bright, and uplifting. “When asked what my music sounds like, I explain it’s like an instrumental blend of James Taylor and Pat Metheny. And, of course having seen the Beatles on TV as a kid, I cannot deny their influence, which inspired me to start playing guitar.”
Doug explains further, “I enjoy redoing older classic music because it brings back fond memories, reminding us of simpler times. Those melodies tend to linger with you afterwards. Though most of the songs we play were written years ago - the hymns, in fact, hundreds of years ago - for me, they all have become new again. I hope our performance will leave the audience with an extra hop in its step and humming or whistling an old favorite”.
As an added plus, Doug’s wife Ginny, with her beautiful alto voice that
brings to mind the likes of Alison Krauss, Karen Carpenter and Ann Murray, will be featured. Ginny will be joined on vocals by Joan Wallace and Amy Jonnson.
Admission is to this fundraiser is free. The audience is invited to make a cash donation to Redding Shares the Warmth, a fuel assistance program to help our neighbors pay their heating bills.
Doug Hartline and company look forward to welcoming an enthusiastic crowd for an enjoyable afternoon of music and fellowship in a warm and graceful church setting. A reception will follow the show at the Parish Hall.
Christ Church, the Episcopal Church in Redding, is located in Redding at 184 Cross Highway on the corner of Black Rock Turnpike (Rt. 58) and Cross Highway.
For further information, please see www.christchurchredding.org, or call 203-744-2337.