The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 18, 2013

Folk duo delights Tamarack guests

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

BECKLEY — Although he silently enjoyed the show, the man who came up with the idea for Sunday@Two at Tamarack came to enjoy this week’s performance.

Tim Pyles, former events director at Taramack, came along with his wife, Ellen, to see the folk duo Doug and Shelley Harper.

Pyles has been retired for 10 years, but he said he enjoyed the show and always enjoys coming back to Tamarack.

“It’s so great to have so many talented musicians from the region perform,” Pyles said. “We’re really fortunate in Beckley to have a free performance every week from West Virginia musicians.”

Guests at the event certainly showed their gratitude to the performers Sunday, as they cheered at the end of each of the soothing folk tunes.

Doug and Shelley Harper describe their music as “songs that warm, amuse and inspire.”

Whether they left the Hulett C. Smith Theater feeling inspired is unknown, but there were smiles on nearly every face in the audience during the mellow, but upbeat performance.

The Harpers sang about living in West Virginia and the birthright of a Mountaineer “to live proud and free.”

They also performed a song that was a commercial for the West Virginia Lottery that beautifully described waking up here in the Mountain State.

Another song told the tale of a best friend from a dog’s point of view, and Shelley dedicated one song, “Baby Blues,” to a special member of the audience.

She dedicated the song to her grandson, who was cradled in his mother’s arms.

The soothing words “close your eyes, baby blues,” drifted through the theater, and just as Shelley said the song always does, put the little guy to sleep.

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