CAMDEN — Trinity Church features Off the Wall, at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19, for the Trinity Community Coffee House, 98 Main St. A free will offering for performers will be taken in lieu of an admission. Guests can enter through the front doors, or through the Parish Hall at the rear of the church, which provides handicapped accessibility.
Off the Wall consists of Larry Fox, guitar and lead vocals, Charlie Ingersoll, Dobro® guitar, and harmony vocals, John Burton, banjo, mandolin and harmony vocals, and Dave Rybinski, acoustic bass. The band performs a combination of bluegrass, folk, Americana, and country style roots music in an acoustic form that features strong vocals.
The name Off the Wall comes from "their unique and eclectic repertoire, consisting of songs from diverse sources ranging from Elton John to Bill Monroe," coffeehouse officials said. The band features "brother-style" duet harmony singing fromFox, and Ingersoll, tight trios with the addition of Burton’s baritone, and an occasional acapella gospel number.
Fox has been playing and singing, either in bands or solo, for over 35 years. He prefers songs that tell stories about life and the good and hard times that we all face, as well as, the history and challenges of this great country and region we live in.
Ingersoll grew up in a large musical household where instruments were always close at hand. An upright bassist, and pedal steel guitarist, in Off the Wall Charlie specializes in the Dobro®, an acoustic resonator guitar. In his 40 years of playing, he has "developed a strong distinctive style."
Burton is an musician whose banjo, guitar, mandolin and vocal talents have earned him "the respect and admiration of musicians and fans alike" during his nearly four decades playing in and around Central New York," coffeehouse officials said.
Rybinski is from Central New York and adds a steady rhythm on the acoustic bass, and switches off to the mandolin occasionally.
Off the Wall has been building a strong fan base with appearances at the area’s bluegrass events and performances at the Kirkland Art Center, Hamilton College, the Syracuse Folkus Project, Unity Hall, and at a number of other venues throughout the region. The group has appeared on WAER’s Common Threads radio show, and WCNY radio and TV’s Bluegrass Ramble. Its self-titled debut CD was nominated for a SAMMY Award when it was released in 2005.
This will be the last program for the Spring Series. The first of the Fall Series is Sept. 8, with the international guitar duo of Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb.
For information, call 245-0042 or check the events listed at: www.trinitycamden.com.