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Florida folk artist concert series in Yankeetown

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    Withlacoochee Area Residents Inc. is sponsoring a series of Florida folk artist concerts in Yankeetown, Dunnellon and Crystal River to support efforts to protect and preserve the Nature Coast. 

   On June 18,  Whitey Markle and the Swamprooters and Steve Wallace will perform. Whitey, a Florida native, has produced two CD’s. His unique style of music, affectionately called Swampgrass, has entertained audiences for over 30 years. Steve Wallace was born and raised in the Suncoast area of Florida and is a regular performer at the Florida Folk Festival.

   On June 25, at the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club, 5 56th St. in Yankeetown, renowned Florida folk musician Frank Thomas, and Starbird with Val McQueen and Jay Wood perform from 7-9 p.m. Thomas has written more than 500 songs, produced nine CD’s and has received the Golden Quill Award, Florida Folk Heritage Award and the Jillian Prescott Award. Thomas toured nationally with the Arkansas Travelers.

   Hailing from Eustis, Val McQueen and Jay Wood are Starbird. They perform several styles, including contemporary, mountain, blues, folk and Celtic and have appeared on PBS.

   Both performances will be at the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club from  7-9 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. There will have hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and soda for sale at both concerts at the woman's club.   

   Donations made at the concerts will be used for the legal fund and ongoing initiatives of the Withlacoochee Area Residents Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations also can be sent to P.O. Box 350 Inglis, Fla., 34449.

   For more information, contact Lee Paulet at 352-795-4506 or Jack Schofield at 352-447-6152.