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Campbell Brothers take the Pentangle Stage

Photo courtesy of Pentangle Art Council
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 events.

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 times.

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 Joseph Kelley.

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.