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SCA the site of folk music evening

SPRINGVILLE — The following guest column was submitted by Renee Hanley.

The near-full house at the Springville Arts Center on Oct. 13 attended an evening of folk music and entertainment.

Opening duo Porcelain Train performed a few pieces of original music, featuring singer Tamala Fonda on acoustic guitar and Ralph Fonda on percussion and vocals. Tamala Fonda focused on blues-tinged, Americana-style songs. Ralph Fonda provided blended harmonies and vocal accents, along with his drumming. His hand percussion rhythms were performed on an African djembe drum or a cajon box drum that he modified, with extra sounds.

The Fondas’ tunes were an introduction for featured guitarist Doug Yeoman.

Yeoman presented the audience with a range of styles and genres, including original compositions, blues, bluegrass, rock, folk, spirituals and country. He covered songs by the Allman Brothers, Doc Watson, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Maybelle Carter and more. His two sets included a total of 25 numbers, concluding with an instrumental version of “Amazing Grace.”

In addition to his award-winning guitar playing, Yeoman is also a vocalist. The musician introduced his songs and shared insights about his life and music.
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