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The Fairfield Four

November 7, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$11 – $25

—4Oth Anniversary All-Stars Performance Series—
They were here in 1992, we couldn’t get enough, and so they’re back!!!

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We’ll close out the 40th season in our former sanctuary with the most distinguished a cappella gospel group working today. Last at The WKC in 1992, The Fairfield Four has been a singularly important force in revitalizing and preserving the oldest style of traditional African-American spiritual and gospel singing.

The ensemble was first organized in 1921 by Reverend J.R. Carrethers, assistant pastor of the Fairfield Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. The current members of the group are Joe Thompson, Levert Allison, Larrice Byrd, Sr., and Bobbye Sherrell. Their a cappella style was drawn from the Birmingham, Alabama quartet tradition exemplified by groups such as the Bessemer Sunset Four, the Birmingham Jubilee Singers, and the Famous Blue Jay Singers. The Fairfield Four were among the pioneers of African-American gospel singers who used radio to reach broader audiences, which led to record releases, beginning in 1946.

Extending themselves through the far reach of media, the Fairfield Four have influenced both sacred and secular vocalists across the land for more than 90 years. Their repertoire is comprised of gospel songs that hint at the early days of rock ‘n’ roll and soul music—songs that have inspired the civil rights movement and such legends as James Brown, Elvis Presley, and BB King. “Before I left my hometown of Indianola, Mississippi,” said King, “the Fairfield Four used to come on the radio every morning real early before we went to work. I became a great fan and, in fact, (Sam) McCrary had a lot of influence on my singing over the years, and that’s the truth.”

Today, they are best known for their on-screen appearance and contribution to the soundtrack of the 2000 Coen Brothers film O Brother Where Art Thou, singing “Lonesome Valley.” The group has also received a National Heritage Award, multiple Grammies, two lifetime achievement awards, been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and collaborated with the likes of Elvis Costello, Lyle Lovett, Lee Ann Womack, Steve Earle, and John Fogerty.

$25 ($28 day of); $21 Member ($24); $11 Under 19
As part of the West Kortright Centre’s 40th Anniversary celebration, anyone who turns 40 in 2015 is eligible for a free ticket!
Tickets available online until 7PM on Friday, November 6.
Tickets available at the door starting at 6PM on Saturday, November 7.
All tickets are General Admission. Doors open at 6:30PM.

“The legacy of their group may be massive… But last night, they summoned spirits through the most lasting, natural and convincing musical device of all—the human voice”
Lexington Herald-Leader.



November 7, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$11 – $25
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West Kortright Centre
49 West Kortright Church Road
East Meredith, NY
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