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First Friday introduces Brian Ashley Jones, welcomes back Tammerlin, Cynergy
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The 147th “First Friday for Folk Music,” Savannah’s monthly showcase of local and touring folk musicians, will feature another new performer to Savannah and bring back two old favorites.

The show will include Nashville singer/songwriter Brian Ashley Jones, the Jacksonville, Fla., duo Tammerlin and Savannah’s own Cynergy. The show will again be at First Presbyterian Church at 520 Washington Ave., First Friday’s new home.

Brian Ashley Jones is a soulful singer, accomplished lead guitarist and a versatile songwriter. He draws from a variety of traditional music to create his own brand of Americana. Described as “Blues Grass”, Jones’ music is heavily influenced by the guitar driven blues, bluegrass, country, and rock that he absorbed while growing up in a musically diverse family in South Carolina. Now based in Nashville, Tenn. and endorsed by Taylor Guitars, Jones maintains an active touring schedule and performs about 150 live shows per year.

Since 1992, Lee Hunter and Arvid Smith, working together as Tammerlin, have been placing their own stamp on folk/roots music. What you’ll hear is exceptional guitar work accompanying clever original songs and traditional tunes pulled from the roots of American music–a little bit folk, pop, country, old time, British Isles and blues–with some world music flavorings.

Cynergy is the collective alter ego of Judy and Bob Williams. They have been performing in and around Savannah for over two decades. In addition to playing at clubs, weddings, and private parties they have been featured at the Night In Old Savannah, the Forsyth Festival, and other public events.

Judy is a consummate guitarist who also plays the bass (with the Glow In The Dark  Stringband), bouzouki, and the bodhran. Judy is a strong female tenor and has sung with the Handel Choir of Baltimore, and more recently with the Savannah Symphony Chorale.

Bob began playing the hammered dulcimer about 20-years ago and, with guidance from the likes of master dulcimerists Ken Kolodner and Karen Ashebrook and inspiration from John McCutcheon, Malcolm Dalglish, Jerry Read Smith and others - has become a pretty fair hand at playing this unique instrument. Bob also plays guitar, sings, and bends a few notes on the harmonica.       

“First Friday for Folk Music” is a production of the Savannah Folk Music Society and is held the first Friday of each month at First Presbyterian Church at 520 East Washington Ave. in Savannah. Its from 7:30-10:30 p.m. and is smoke-free, alcohol-free and family-friendly. There is a recommended donation of $2 per person. Beverages and homemade fresh baked goods are available for purchase at nominal prices.