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Posted: April 2, 2010 12:01 a.m.

Old-time music concert to benefit FaithWorks

New Georgia Railroad will perform a concert of old-time music Saturday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal, 4140 Clark Street, Covington.

The public is invited, and donations will benefit FaithWorks, a charitable organization that assists Newton County families in financial emergencies.

New Georgia Railroad was founded by Dan and Perri Walden of Covington. The four-person group plays the old-time music of the Appalachian Mountains. Much of this music is hundreds of years old, comes from the British Isles and Africa, and is played on fiddle, banjo and guitar.

"Some of the songs were written and recorded by the famous Carter Family of Southwestern Virginia," says Walden, Director or Youth & Children’s Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Covington. "Old-time music became ‘Bluegrass Music’ in the 1930s when Bill Monroe, the father of Bluegrass Music, turned up the tempo and changed the instrumentation.

It is truly ‘folk music,’ music played by ordinary folks who work hard and enjoy music as a respite from their work."

For more information about the event, contact Mark Hodges at markhodges4427@gmail.com or (770) 464-1655.

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