Joe Herrmann to perform in Elkins

At 7:30 p.m. today, Michael and Carrie Kline will open their home for the public to enjoy a lively evening of soul-searching, foot-tapping music in a living room setting.

The concert features Joe Herrmann, a Hampshire County singer and multi-instrumentalist on guitar, banjo and fiddle, who has been making music for more than 45 years. He is well-known in traditional music circles for singing songs of Woody Guthrie and other American icons, playing his guitar and banjo.

Herrmann is also acclaimed for sawing out the best of West Virginia’s old-time fiddle tunes with rhythm and polish. He co-founded The Critton Hollow String Band with his wife, Sam Herrmann, in 1975, and has toured internationally and recorded eight albums. He also is known for his patient and generous teaching and has spent the past week exercising his talents at the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College.

Herrmann’s performance includes songs and instrumentals from traditional and contemporary sources. His songs express a range of experience. They can make you laugh or make you cry and occasionally do both at the same time, ballads that tell stories of bad men and disappointed lovers. His instrumentals will make you want to get up and dance, or sit back and listen closely.

Herrmann has played at numerous folk music venues, festivals and concerts, including the Birchmere, the Kennedy Center, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Carter Family Fold, the Vancouver Folk Festival, Clearwater’s Hudson River Revival and the Upper Potomac Dulcimer Festival. He has toured internationally and appeared on radio shows such as Mountain Stage, Voices from the Mountains and Live at the Birchmere, and on television shows such as Live at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Music from Home and The Today Show.

The Klines will warmly welcome music lovers to their home located at 114 Boundary Ave. in the Weese Addition of Elkins. While they suggest a minimum donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students, VISTAs and AmeriCorps members, everyone is invited to come and to donate according to their ability.

Herrmann and the Klines want guests to come enjoy live music in the intimacy of a living room setting. RSVP if possible by writing to kline@folktalk.org or calling 304-636-5444. Walk-ins will be welcome too.