House concerts may be new to Elkins, but they are popular in large cities, small towns and rural areas.
"It's a combination between a concert and a party," said Deb Farrell, owner of the Buckey House at 10 Main St. in Beverly and host of a house concert series. "It's a more social event than just going to a concert, because it's in someone's home. But it's open to the public."
At intermission, Farrell invites audience members to her kitchen table laden with homemade refreshments. There is an admission charge.
The Back Seat Serenaders perform light-hearted American roots music. They are set to perform Saturday at Beverly’s Buckey House, 10 Main St.
This week's musicians are The Back Seat Serenaders, set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Traveling in from Wisconsin are Jim Brunett on fiddle, guitar, musical saw and vocals, Peter Gorman on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, jaw harp and vocals, and Joe Mirenna on clawhammer and plectrum banjo as well as vocals. Mirenna is a former resident of Elkins, and he said his visits here "always feel like coming home."
All three band members have been active musicians for most of their lives, and this shows in the skill and ease of their performance. They specialize in light-hearted stringband music from the 1920s to 1930s. In the words of Mirenna, the band has tried "to put our personal stamp on a variety of songs and tunes, play with harmony singing, and become a trio that folks might find interesting and fun to listen to." This concert is sure to lift spirits.
"We are proud to present a selection of our material: twisted fiddle tunes and songs about mistaken identities and other run-ins with the law, the wonders and confusion of young love, the joys and struggles of rural life, country spirituality, the drama of tragedy, and the pleasures of dining on the best food the farm can offer," Mirenna said.