|Columbus Grove opens concert series Sunday|
|Friday, June 28, 2013 12:12 AM|
COLUMBUS GROVE — An O-G grad and a quartet will usher in the first concert of the season at Columbus Grove Memorial Park Gazebo at 7 p.m. Sunday.
The Alum Creek Singers is an acoustical quartet that has been playing in and around the Columbus area since 1996. Matt Strauss on mandolin, Kris Chesser on bass and Jeff Chesser on banjo have been in the group from the start, but a recent addition is Andy Clingman on guitar. All live in or near Westerville, through which Alum Creek flows. Banjo, mandolin, guitar and upright bass make up the instrumentation, but it is their emphasis on beautiful four-part harmonies that elevate them to something worthy of your attention, hence the name, The Alum Creek Singers.
Stylistically, the group leans towards folk, bluegrass, country and gospel, but it’s not unusual to hear acoustical arrangements of popular or even rock tunes. No matter the song, once their interpretation has been applied, it becomes a musical treat.