LITTLE FALLS -- The House Concerts series in Little Falls resumes Jan. 25 with Twin Cities singer-songwriter Wayne Hamilton.
The performance marks the first event in the series since Catfish Keith's appearance in late November, and five other folk artists are scheduled from mid-February through mid-May.
The series, founded by Little Falls area residents many years ago, is now sponsored by the Great River Arts Association.
Hamilton, a former college professor, is a fixture on the coffeehouse folk music circuit, releasing a couple of CDs of his own music over the years.
His latest release, "Lucky That Way," received a Best Traditional Folk CD nomination at the Just Plain Folks 2001 Music Awards show. A cut from the album also was nominated as Song of the Year.
Just Plain Folks is an online networking organization for independent musicians and songwriters, boasting of 12,000 active members worldwide.
Hamilton is a founder and coordinator of the organization's Twin Cities chapter, named Chapter of the Year at last year's award show. Hamilton was named Coordinator of the Year.
A native of the Washington, D.C., area, Hamilton "has been performing music of one kind or another since the 1960s," a GRAA spokesman said in a recent news release. As a college student in southern Virginia, he was influenced by the 1960s folk movement represented by Pete Seeger, Elizabeth Cotton and others, the release said.
Hamilton holds a fine arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and has taught music and theater at his alma mater, as well as Mount St. Mary's College in Maryland and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
A prolific songwriter, Hamilton is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and his live performance features a mix of traditional and original folk and country music compositions, the release said.
One reviewer said, "His arrangements include acoustic guitar, harmonica and banjo in songs that tell of everyday life and of classic feelings. Hamilton's voice is between the country western singer and folk singer and brings us an honest repertoire of songs."
From 1999 through 2001, Hamilton was a finalist in the New Folk Songwriting Contest at the Minnesota Folk Festival, according to the musician's promotional materials.
His Little Falls performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Jason's Casual Dining. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children, available at the gate or by calling GRAA at (320) 632-0960.
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