Rhiannon Giddens concert on April 27

For Immediate Release April 2, 2018

Contact: Marie Cheek

Community Relations Coordinator, Culture & Heritage Museums

www.chmuseums.org 803.818.6767



Rhiannon Giddens returns to the McCelvey Center stage on April 27

YORK, S.C. – Rhiannon Giddens, founder of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter known for her powerhouse voice. She is a genre-bending musician and music historian who revives songs rooted in gospel, jazz, blues, country, Americana and Celtic folk, and old-time string band music. Giddens’ career continues to soar since branching out as a solo artist in 2013 and in her collaborative projects with other musical greats.

The McCelvey Center’s 2018 Southern Sound Series is presented by Rock Hill Coca-Cola. Rhiannon Giddens concludes this year’s series, which included Nikki Lane, the Steel Wheels, and the Mark O’Connor Band. Giddens has performed at the McCelvey Center multiple times with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and most recently in Feb. 2016 with her “Swimming in Dark Waters: Other Voices of the American Experience” tour with Leyla McCalla and Bhi Bhiman.

A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Rhiannon Giddens studied opera and performed as a lyric coloratura soprano at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. In addition to the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album, Giddens received two Grammy nominations in 2017 for Best Folk Album and Best Roots Performance for her EP “Factory Girl.” Other musical recognition includes the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, induction to the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, Living Blues and International Folk Music Awards, and a Mac Arthur Fellowship. She is guest curator for the upcoming 2018 Cambridge Folk Festival.

Rhiannon Giddens’ “Freedom Highway,” released Feb. 2017, includes original songs and traditional songs, including two civil rights-era songs, “Birmingham Sunday” and the Staple Singers’ well-known “Freedom Highway,” from which the album takes its name.

Giddens’ televised musical performances include “The Late Show,” “Austin City Limits,” “CBS This Morning: Saturday” and “CBS Sunday Morning.” Giddens performed along with Aretha Franklin and Emmylou Harris for PBS’ “The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House.” Giddens acting credits include her recurring role as ‘Hallie Jordan’ on the CMT drama “Nashville.”

Rhiannon Giddens in concert at the McCelvey Center on April 27, 2018

Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

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

TICKETS: visit www.chmuseums.org/southernsoundseries to purchase tickets, ranging in price from $25 to $40. For more information, contact tickets@chmuseums.org.

IMAGES: contact Marie Cheek for high resolution images

About the McCelvey Center: The McCelvey Center is the original site of the Yorkville Female Institute founded in 1852 and includes the 500-seat Lowry Family Theater. Noted for its remarkable acoustics, the historic theater has a lovely 1920s ambiance and hosts the annual Southern Sound Series. Dedicated to providing the regional community with authentic contemporary performances, the McCelvey Center’s Southern Sound Series showcases musical genres that are steeped in the multi-cultural origins of the Carolinas. For more information about Culture & Heritage Museums’ McCelvey Center, please visit http://chmuseums.org