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Burge will bring his unique brand of folk music to Middlebourne Thursday

By Staff | Oct 8, 2014

Todd Burge will close out ArtsLink’s 2014 Coffeehouse Series with a concert in Middlebourne on Oct. 9.

ArtsLink’s Coffeehouse Series moves to Middlebourne with a concert by singer Todd Burge on Oct. 9.

he free concert will be presented at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, formerly the Ellsworth School, 504 Cherry Street.

For the past two decades, Burge has been a repeat performer on National Public Radio’s Mountain Stage and has played dozens of local venues, as well as the Kennedy Center and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Larry Groce, Mountain Stage host, calls Burge the “dean of West Virginia songwriters.”

His latest CD releases, “Building Characters” for adults and “Character Building” for children, feature songs and stories of bizarre characters and critters, from dogs to sharks to humans and beyond. His songs are mostly stories that inhabit his invented characters, and his scat singing and lyrical humor lighten the mood of some heavy subjects as his insights quietly sneak up on the audience.

“With wit and pathos in equal measure, Todd Burge takes on subjects in his songs that never occur to most folks,” said Producer Don Dixon. “Subjects too quirky, too controversial, too obtuse for most writers to get a handle on.”

Burge has performed on stage with Tim and Mollie O’Brien, Bill Kirchen, Don Dixon, Lucinda Williams, Red Horse, Joan Osborne, Chris Smither, Ricky Skaggs, Kathy Mattea, Mike Seeger, Bela Fleck, and many others.

He and his wife, Lisa, live in Parkersburg with their two young children, Sophia and William.

Funding for these programs is made possible with financial assistance from West Virginia Northern Community College, WETZ/ WYMJ/ WNRJ Radio, Ohio Valley Online, and the Wells Inn.

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