November 11, 2012

Guild kicks off In Concert Series with 2 concerts

By Marvin Sowder Dalton 150th Civil War Commission

— The Creative Arts Guild will kick off its 2012-2013 In Concert Series with two concerts this week featuring traditional North American songs, ballads and blues performed by Sara Grey and Kieron Means on Tuesday, followed by the Moccasin Brass Quintet on Thursday.

Sara Grey is an American singer, banjo player and song collector. She’s immersed in the song traditions of countries on both sides of the Atlantic. She has performed throughout the U.K., Europe, North America and Australia for the past 50 years.

Grey will perform with her son, Kieron Means, a singer and guitar player. He was born in the United States and grew up in Great Britain with the music of both countries’ traditions. He is a performer of traditional and contemporary songs and has toured throughout the states and the U.K., often performing with his mother.

The mother-son duo performs a wide range of American traditions including old-time music and ballads from the Appalachians, Ozarks, New England and the West; blues and gospel music; and a few of their favorite written songs. The passage of songs from Great Britain and Ireland to America is of particular interest to them.

Samples of some of their recordings can be found at

The Moccasin Brass Quintet is a Chattanooga-based brass quintet with a focus on modern repertoire and audience-friendly programs.

Founded in 2009 when several of the members moved into the Chattanooga area, the Moccasin Brass performs throughout the region and presents a wide range of repertoire in concerts, special events and educational clinics. Most recently, they performed at the inaugural Calvin Smith Brass Quintet Competition and Festival in Oak Ridge, Tenn., where they premiered Anthony O’Toole’s Quintet No. 1.

Members include Tommy Bulman on trumpet, Candice Kortyka on trumpet, Ellie Jenkins on horn, Rich Stichler on trombone and Angelo Kortyka on tuba.

Both concerts begin at 7 p.m. in the Creative Arts Guild Jonas Performance Hall. Admission is $5. For more information, contact Creative Arts Guild music director Lisa Elders at (706) 259-1822 or email