Photo courtesy of Pentangle Art
The Campbell Brothers - (L-R) Darick Campbell, Phil Campbell,
Chuck Campbell - perform at Woodstock Town Hall Theatre on Friday,
Dec. 7, as a kick-off to Pentangle's Wassail Weekend
The inspirational "sacred steel guitar" sound of The Campbell
Brothers will take center stage once again at Woodstock Town Hall
Theatre, on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. This amazing gospel/blues
band kicks off Pentangle Arts Council's exciting line-up of Wassail
Weekend events during this festive weekend.
The Campbell Brothers' music is a blended gospel sound,
including other musical styles like blues, rock, and jazz. With
their "Sacred Steel for the Holidays" program, a unique mix of
musical excitement and blessed traditions makes for a concert
couldn't be more perfect for the winter season!
The sound of this award-winning band is based in "sacred steel"
guitar, a music that originated in the House of God, a
Holiness-Pentecostal church founded in 1903 in Tennessee. In the
1930s, a number of these churches began using the electric steel
guitar to function as the central musical instrument of the
religious service, easing the congregants through contemplative
moments and propelling them to ecstatic celebration at other
Charles "Chuck" Campbell, whose father was a bishop in the
church, began playing lap steel guitar at age 11 and today is
recognized as a great innovator and teacher in the tradition.
He is noted for being the first person to use a pedal-steel guitar
in the House of God church. As Campbell previously told
National Public Radio, the steel guitar has been used to emulate
the pitch of a human singing voice, high or low. He said this
follows a "tradition of trying to mimic that human voice and bring
it to another level."
Their music, which has inspired fans of all ages, has earned The
Campbell Brothers national recognition. In 2004, Chuck Campbell
received a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage
Fellowship - an honor bestowed upon legends such as B.B. King, Doc
Watson, and Bill Monroe.
The Pentangle concert is generously supported by Billings Farm
& Museum, Woodstock Farmers Market, Anything Printed, and
For more details, including tickets and video, visit
www.pentanglearts.org or call 802-457-3981. Advance tickets are $33
(or $30 for members), and day-of-show tickets are $35. More info on
the band is also available at www.campbellbrothers.com.