Posts Tagged ‘Rappahannock’

All year long, Larry and Jenny Keel & friends support lots of great causes including the cause AGAINST mountaintop removal with Appalachian Voices; pick up an “I Love Mountains” sticker at one of their shows!  Last weekend, on Nov 27th, Larry and his brother Gary Keel played the Annual Toys for Tots Party to benefit the Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence. The Keels are involved in two other music-filled benefits for the holiday season as well -see below for press release details- please join them if you’re in the areas!

The Work’s 9th Annual Christmas Jam Benefit Show Saturday, December 18th

The Greenville based, six-piece band The Work return to The Handlebar again for their 9th Annual Christmas Jam Benefit Show, an Upstate tradition since 2002. This Feature Holiday Event will take place on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at The Handlebar in Greenville, SC and all proceeds raised go to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, a “home away from home for families of critically ill children receiving treatment at area hospitals.”

This year’s Christmas Jam will feature music by The Work, with performances by a veritable treasure trove of guest musicians. And this is part of the allure of the event, the ever changing line-up of musicians. According to Craig Sorrells, “every Christmas Jam brings great memories for me with the completely unusual arrangement of musicians that come and perform with us.” The band is very excited about this year’s line- up as it includes such world renowned musicians as: Larry & Jenny KeelCurtis Burch (New Grass Revival), Tom Gray (Delta Moon), and many more to be announced. Also joining this year will be several regional & local musicians including, but not limited to the Shane Pruitt BandDoug Jones (Cravin’ Melon), Jonathan LloydJeff HollandViolet & The Beauredarde’sTez Sherrard, plus many others. As well, there will be special surprise guest musicians making appearances during Christmas Jam.

In its previous 8 years of operation, The Work’s Christmas Jam has raised $40,000 for local charities.


Keller Williams’10th Annual SPCA Benefit on Sunday December 26th

Before the NYE run kicks-off, Keller Williams brings his three-set extravaganza to his hometown of Fredericksburg, VA for his annual holiday concert to benefit the SPCA. To celebrate the ten year anniversary of the event, which will take place on December 26 at the Fredericksburg Field House, Keller has invited local marching band Elby Brass to join the show for set break music. 100% of the concert’s profits will go to support The Fredericksburg Regional SPCA. Less than 3% of The Fredericksburg Regional SPCA’s budget is received from the City of Fredericksburg, forcing the branch to rely almost solely on individual and corporate donations and fundraising events like this. The Fredericksburg Regional SPCA is a “no-kill” shelter whose mission is to tackle the problem of pet overpopulation through education, adoption, rehabilitation and spay/neuter.
  • Set I will be reggae, dub and funk versions of Keller favorites with Jay Starling on keys, Mark D on drums and Keller on bass
  • Set II will feature the bluegrass stylings of Larry Keel on guitar and his wife Jenny on bass with Keller playing his mini twelve-string (wanna-be mandolin) guitar.
  • And Set III will be old school Keller on acoustic guitar with his trademark looped-out dance grooves. Big screen video visuals will be provided by Scott Sunn.
Find out more about Keller’s holiday tour here.

Show Specifics:
Sunday, Dec. 26th, 2010
Fredericksburg Regional SPCA Benefit
Fredericksburg Field House in Fredericksburg, VA
Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm
$25, All ages

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On the 125th anniversary of his ‘Hanging’ a film about John ‘Babbacombe’ Lee escapes to local venues. ‘The Man They Couldn’t Hang’ is the story of Mr Lee and his strange ordeal.
It stars Brandon Wilson and John Hallberg and features the music of Fairport Convention (performed by the Merkles) and the traditional music of Larry Keel/Danny Knicely, also Issy Emeney.
Score provided by Manabu Nagese. Was Mr Lee guilty of this brutal crime, an innocent victim of circumstance or is the truth all an illusion?
Local Screening Jan 29th (fri) at 7:30pm Rappahannock County High School. 540 987 3194 for more info.
$8 a person for the public and $4 a person for students of Rappahannock schools.
The completed film ‘The Man They Couldn’t Hang’ is being sent to Oasis for dvd replication. The first public screening is at CDIA in Georgetown on sat January  23rd at 2pm.
Both places are classy and we will see our efforts of the team on the BIG screen, fun fun!

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By John Hallberg 08:20 pm on Nov 26th 2009


Greetings, my first ANNOUNCEMENT is that the 1st public screening of our filmThe Man They Couldn’t Hang‘ is next sat the 19th at 2pm at CDIA in Georgetown. Address is 1055 Thomas Jefferson Street NW. The film is 75 minutes so we’ll go till a bit after 3. Hope to see a few of you there..for folks out this way the Rappahannock screening will take place in Jan (tba). DVD’s ARE forthcoming but likely just after x- mas. As for a world premiere, we are looking at the 125th anniversary of the ‘hanging’ in feb. Our website will be up in a couple days-I’ll cue you as to the addy etc. and will have more updates. Thanks again!

Clip #1: Dream Sequence

Clip #2: Incarcerated

Note from John Hallberg

I suppose it is a misnomer to say “The Man They Couldn’t Hang” is completely a Rappahannock film, as the story of John “Babbacombe” Lee takes place over a century ago in jolly old England. It is a Rappahannock film insofar as it is largely shot in our fine county, a backdrop that frequently mirrors a faraway time and place. The film is also a Rappahannock venture as the actor list reads like a Who’s Who of area actors both younger and older. The story of Mr. Lee, who survived three hanging attempts one morning in 1884, was apparently compelling enough to garner attention from experienced actors from as far away as Charlotte, N.C. Regional actors including John Sexton (Charlotte), J.C. Lira (Richmond), and Brandon Wilson (Warrenton) lend their talents to this extraordinary tale of fate and redemption. Local actors include Howard Coon, Morgan and Austen Cloud, Maureen Day, Bill Spiedel, 1000 Faces and many others.

Our post-production efforts are just now concluding and that means we will hopefully have a local public theatre showing very soon. DVD authorization and replication will be complete soon as well; an early- to mid-December release is planned. Copies will be available through a site we are setting up now, through Larry Keel’s site (he performs two songs in the film and has an acting cameo), and at several other local venues. They will likely be around $10.

Our time in the studio editing (post-production) has been slower than I expected — we finished shooting in June. This is due to several factors . . . musical score, scheduling time in the booth, etc. — all of which make me more nervous about any public showing. The cast and crew had a party recently and we viewed a not-quite-done version that everyone seemed to like . . . of course it was a friendly audience. I hope to show the film publicly soon after smoothing out the fine-tune stuff (audio glitches, etc).

The story itself is a remarkable tale that so far has eluded filmmakers except right after the events (it was worldwide news and gave the area some infamy). “The Man They Couldn’t Hang” was released in 1918, I believe. A documentary was shot in the 1970s about Mr. Lee and was heavily associated with the folk-rock band Fairport Convention. David Swarbrick was extensively interviewed and the band played much of their landmark record “Babbacombe Lee” live. The physical culmination of the events leading up to the gallows, the trapdoor jamming, was extraordinary but a mundanity compared to the ultimate issues involved: free will, character assassination, redemption, fortitude. These are all things that seem to stand the test of time immortal and to touch our sentiments during any time period. Such is the reason I believe this story may ring true despite any few continuity issues (”Coke can in the Civil War,” I like to call them). The fact of the matter is we didn’t shoot it in old England . . . or even New England, for that matter. That said I think we simulate a lot of things nicely. As I mentioned in the first article in June, Warrenton Jail Museum acts as the location for several sets, all quite compelling and kinda creepy. Speaking of creepy, a film was to be shot in the ’80s about John Lee but so many things went wrong that it was canceled; it was postulated that the spirit of Mr. Lee didn’t approve.

It’s very surreal both doing a project of this magnitude but also doing it where the community and others can so visibly see the results of the work . . . on a big screen. I will make available a link to our soon-to-be finished web site here on Ragged Mountain Voice. My thanks again go out to the many folks who gave their time and effort — behind the camera and in front, with locations, etc. This is truly a community and regional effort and this is a proud region. See you on the red carpet!

John Hallberg

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