One of American Folklore Theatre’s most popular performers, Doug Mancheski, will make a special guest appearance at a benefit concert Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 7:30 pm at the Ephraim Village Hall. Mancheski has appeared in many AFT productions, and is perhaps best known and loved for his role as Marvin in Guys on Ice.
The concert will feature award-winning Memphis musicians Eric Lewis and Tommy Burroughs accompanied by bassist Paul Sowinski and percussionist Pat Judy.
Lewis is a popular veteran of many American Folklore Theatre shows including Fish and Whistle: The Songs of John Prine; Good Night Irene, The Music of the Weavers; and Eric and Andy: Live in Fish Creek. Lewis is well known for his musical versatility, including acoustic guitar, resonator guitar, dobro, mandolin, fiddle, lap steel and pedal steel guitars. He’s performed nationally in the shows Just a Closer Walk with Patsy Cline as well as Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes, a tribute to Hank Williams.
Burroughs ranks among the top multi-instrumentalists in the highly competitive world of professional music in Memphis, and has earned the Premier String Player Award in Memphis a remarkable seven times. He has recorded and/or played with musicians such as John Prine, Greg Brown and John Cowan. Also a successful songwriter, Burroughs co-wrote Keeping My Distance which Martina McBride recorded on her Triple Platinum album, Evolution. He is currently writing with Bernie Leadon, founding member of The Eagles.
The May 3 benefit will appeal to a wide range of musical tastes, from bluegrass to gospel; from contemporary folk to rock and roll. It will include some favorites from past AFT shows as well as some original songs from Lewis and Burrough’s CDs.
Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for children 12 and younger. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Doors will open at 7 pm for general admission seating. Light refreshments will be served at intermission.
For reservations, or more information about American Folklore Theatre, please call the AFT Office at 920.854.6117 Monday through Friday 10 am – 4 pm, or visit the AFT web site at http://www.folkloretheatre.com.