Rhiannon Giddens Leads Tour for Black History Month

For immediate release

February 12, 2016



Marie Cheek

Community Relations Coordinator

Culture & Heritage Museums






Rhiannon Giddens leads new tour in honor of Black History Month:

“Swimming in Dark Waters: Other Voices of the American Experience”


YORK, SC – Rhiannon Giddens brings her latest musical collaboration “Swimming in Dark Waters: Other Voices of the American Experience” to the McCelvey Center on February 27, 2016. Giddens teams with Bhi Bhiman and Leyla McCalla for the tour to honor Black History month with the stories and music of people of color. The trio’s tour will be embedded with folk songs from the past and present in the spirit of American resilience.


About the trio:

Multi-instrumentalist, cellist and singer Leyla McCalla generates a different perspective on Americana folk music through her Haitian heritage and the creole influences of New Orleans.  McCalla toured with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and performed on the band’s Grammy-nominated album “Leaving Eden” before focusing on a solo career.


Bhi Bhiman is the son of Sri Lankan immigrants and was raised in St. Louis, Missouri. A singer/songwriter who has also toured with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bhiman is known for his ‘Woody Guthrie meets Nirvana’ sound. Bhiman has recorded several albums and toured with Chris Cornell and Rosanne Cash before beginning his latest collaboration with Rhiannon Giddens.


As founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens’ escalating success includes various collaborative musical projects that have set her on course as a contemporary showstopper with a powerhouse voice. A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Giddens attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she performed as a lyric coloratura soprano. In February 2015, Giddens released her debut solo album, “Tomorrow is My Turn.”  Giddens has performed for the McCelvey Center’s Southern Sound Series twice before with the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. She returns at her own request to honor Black History month with the new “Swimming in Dark Waters: Other Voices of the American Experience” tour.


When, Where, & How:

February 27, 2016 - “Swimming in Dark Waters: Other Voices of the American Experience”

The McCelvey Center is located on 212 East Jefferson Street, York, SC 29745

Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. and are general admission.

TICKETS: $25 CHM Members, $30 General Admission

Tickets are available online at http://chmuseums.org/southernsoundseries/

or call 803.909.7313 or 803.909.7488


IMAGES: Rhiannon Giddens, Bhi Bhiman, & Leyla McCalla click here for high resolution images


About the McCelvey Center:

The McCelvey Center, one of Culture and Heritage Museums’ four sites, is located in York, SC and includes the 500-seat Lowry Family Theater. Noted for its remarkable acoustics and charming 1920s ambiance, the Lowry Family Theater presents the unique cultural influences of the Carolina Piedmont’s musical heritage.

The 2016 Southern Sound Series is presented by the Friends of McCelvey in the McCelvey Center’s Lowry Family Theater. Friends of McCelvey get preferred seating and other benefits. Contact Alison Gray at 803/909-7242 for more information on becoming a Friend of McCelvey.