Carolina Chocolate Drops to perform in York

Nationally recognized group performs old-time string band music

McCONNELLS, SC – Carolina Chocolate Drops, a young African-American group specializing in traditional string band music, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, January 9 at the McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St. in York.

Their music has been described as country, folk and old-time, but would probably be best defined as traditional Piedmont string band music. Rhiannon Giddens, Dom Flemons and Justin Robinson take turns on fiddle, banjo, vocals, guitar, drums, even kazoo and jug as they perform this nearly-forgotten music of the early twentieth century Carolina Piedmont.

North Carolina fiddler Joe Thompson, now in his 90s, has helped mentor the group. Thompson has been called a living legend for his fiddling and preserving this musical tradition.

The Chocolate Drops released CDs in 2006 and 2008. The band has been hailed by Henry Saint Clair Fredericks (performer Taj Mahal), a Grammy Award-winner for whom the Chocolate Drops opened in 2008.

Learn more at Funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

COST $8 CHM members, $10 non-members. Tickets are available by calling the box office, 803.684.3948.

Carolina Chocolate Drops
7 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 2010
McCelvey Center
212 E. Jefferson St., York, SC

The Culture & Heritage Museums is a linked system of cultural institutions in York County, SC, which includes Historic Brattonsville, McCelvey Center, Museum of York County, the future museum on the Catawba River and the new children's museum in Old Town Rock Hill.