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St. Philip’s New Hope kicks off spring concert series

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Folk musician David Brahinsky and Friends will perform a concert from “The Stan Rogers Songbook,” at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 10 Chapel Road, New Hope, at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28.

Brahinsky is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who has been playing music from the folk tradition, from the Child Ballads to Bob Dylan for more than 30 years. One of the founders of the Roosevelt Arts Project, he has been the lead singer for “The Roosevelt String Band” for the last 25 years.

David Brahinsky and Friends features Brahinsky on vocals and guitar, Guy DeRosa on harmonica, Noemi Bolton on vocals, guitar and banjo/ukulele, Phil Mcauliffe on bass and Doug Healy on mandolin, banjo and guitar.

A Canadian who died prematurely in 1983 at age 37, Rogers’ songs tend to focus on the lives of working people; sailors, farmers, miners, men and women connected to fishing and computer programmers. He also composed love songs and songs expressing compassion, sadness and anger at the injustice that human beings can do to one another.

His most famous song, “The Mary Ellen Carter,” is one of the most important songs for those who tend to be worried or depressed by the current worldwide social, economic and political climate; it is known to have saved at least one person’s life.

The concert series continues May 12 with folk music group Simple Gifts and guitarist Peter Griggs on May 19.

The concert is open to all with a free-will donation at the door for the musicians and the outreach of St. Philip’s Church.

Visit stphilipsnewhope.org or call 215-862-5782.

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