Our 1st Article

April 2, 2005

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Third RoadBehind the scenes: A couple of weeks ago, my band Third Road , did a performance at the Catoosa County library of our community music project, Folk University (Folk U). The library got the local paper interested in the gig and we got to have our first interview(!). Melody and I were both interviewed separately by the writer and my 5 minutes were squashed down to a couple of quotes, but it tied the story together into some good bits of knowledge of what we’re doing. Plus, I’m Mr. PR, so we all said enough biteworthy bits to get some good quotes. – mk

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Music through the ages : Passing on a tradition

By Randall Franks – Staff Writer, Catoosa County News

Catoosa County band Third Road is finding a road well-traveled in its latest musical endeavor

The Catoosa County Library welcomed the group to story time March 22 to feature a bit of music history and its relation to story telling.

Karon Radovish, children’s program coordinator, said whenever the library can offer something special to the children it always makes an impression.

“This was kind of a history lesson of music and it evolved into current day music,” she said. “I think the children enjoyed having a different program, especially with all the music from Irish to bluegrass to rock ‘n roll. The adults enjoyed it as much as the children did.”

The library was able to coax the group into the special performance for around 100 people who attended after Third Road made an appearance at Boynton elementary School last December. Two members of the group, Ryan and Melody Wingfield, are pre-kindergarten parents at Boynton.

Theresa McKamey, with Catoosa County Schools pre-k, said she was excited when the group agreed to appear, especially since two of them are pre-K parents.

“The story night is weekly, but about once a month or so we (pre-K) plan with the library a Family Literacy Night and make it a little bigger,” she said.

“The children and parents loved it. They had fun singing songs, but they also learned what bluegrass music is, about the acoustical instruments, and how bluegrass music is really the root of all music in America.”

Singer and songwriter Melody Wingfield performs on guitar and dulcimer. She said the group plans to begin making appearances at the end of summer but these performances for children are giving them a great opportunity to share the roots of the music they love.

“We are trying to take an educational slant with anything we do,” she said. “We are going to be tracing fold music as the earliest of storytelling, tracking especially Irish and Scottish folk music and hoe the settlers from ireland and Scotland settled in Appalachians and how that music changed.

“Then we are going to move it forward to modern American fold like Woody Guthrie and show how the different branches such as gospel, country, blues, and rock and roll all come from folk.”

Ryan Wingfield performs on bass, mandolin and spoons.

Percussionist Michael Kelley said music is a generational gift in his family. He sees the program for children as a way to pass that along.

“Music is a form of expression but there is also history behind it,” he said “It encompasses so much.”