Ruth Wyand, Brooksie Wells To Perform In Kitty Hawk [Concert Preview]

Ruth Wyand and Brooksie Wells will perform a double bill on March 13 at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House in Kitty Hawk.

Brooksie Wells

Brooksie Wells

“‘Bluejazz” or “Jazzy Blues” are the names heard to describe Ruth’s music. With one foot in juke joints and one foot in jazz clubs, Ruth draws on American roots music to frame her lyrics and demonstrate her strengths as a guitarist and songwriter.

Ruth moved to the Outer Banks ten years ago to continue writing and teaching music. She also tours internationally. Her music has taken her to various parts of the world including Kuwait, Dubai, Australia and New Zealand.  

She is presenting her mulitmedia show Mama’s Got The Blues at the Tryon Palace Theatre in New Bern NC for an African American program and for a women’s program at East Tennessee State University. Both performances are in March.

Brooksie Wells will play tunes from her latest album, Down Home Divas, as well as from her new folk album which she is recording in the studio now.

She is an Atlanta-based singer-songwriter with a history of activism reflected in her work.  After growing up in the South with parents who fought for Civil Rights and the Equal Rights Amendment, Brooksie migrated to New York City in the 1970s, where the thriving folk scene heavily influenced her music.

Discovered by Bobby Darin at the age of 19, Brooksie wrote for years for Chappell Music, with several of her songs used in recordings and movie soundtracks. She later performed with John Lennon’s band Elephant’s Memory and as a singer with Kid Creole and the Coconuts.

The concert is part of the congregation’s annual fundraising series, Music at the Meeting House, which hosts local artists in a quiet, listening environment. Doors open at 6:30 pm. The performance begins at 7:00 pm. Light hors d’oeuvres and desserts, soft drinks, wine and coffee will be served before the performance and during intermission.

“We feel like we have found a unique niche in the Outer Banks music scene” says minister Margaret Sequeira. “Our concerts offer people a chance to hear musicians in a relaxed, cozy setting with great acoustics and no talking neighbors at the next table.”

Tickets cost $20 when purchased in advance and $25 at the door. See http://www.uucob.org/music to purchase tickets.

Proceeds help the congregation support community organizations who use the meeting house such as Al-anon, Feline Hope, Jewish Community of the Outer Banks and Weight Watchers.

The UU Meeting House is located at 831 Herbert Perry Road at the corner of Kitty Hawk Road. 

Ruth Wyand

Ruth Wyand

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