GAMBIER — Composer Brian Harnetty presents “Shawnee, Ohio,” a unique composition reflecting layers of history in Appalachian Ohio, on Friday, March 30, at 8 p.m. in Kenyon College’s Rosse Hall, 105 College Drive.
Performed with sampled archives, video, field recordings and live musicians, “Shawnee, Ohio,” critically engages ecology, energy, place and personal history to explore the stories of people from a rural town and their memories and thoughts about mining and fracking. The history of Shawnee, a small town in Perry County, includes coal, gas, oil and clay extraction, and the formation of early labor unions. Through his original composition, Harnetty considers Shawnee’s downturn and partial restoration, and how the town’s past and present reflect the struggles and hopes of the larger region.
The performance, presented by Harnetty and a group of live musicians, consists of 11 songs offering portraits of local Shawnee residents who tell stories of their lives and their friendships. Songs include murder ballads detailing tales from the town of Gore, Ohio, as well as selections examining the lives of miners in Appalachia.
This performance is free and open to the public. For more information about this concert, call the Department of Music at 740-427-5197. More information about Brian Harnetty is available at http://www.brianharnetty.com.