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September 16, 2013

Couples bringing swing to Essex

ESSEX — Four professional musicians who became two married couples came together as a quartet and are bringing their brand of swing to Essex.

Down Home Swing will perform at the One World Coffee House, First Universalist Church, 59 Main St., on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m.

Down Home Swing is the musical duos of Jay & Laurie and Chick & Ellen, two musical couples and friends for many years. When they began performing together as a quartet, their sound came together quickly, fed by their friendship and musicianship.

The quartet delivers jazz, blues, country, and more, in an act featuring traditional and contemporary tunes, harmonies, and expert picking.

Jay Keefe (mandolin, fiddle) and Laurie Keefe (vocals, upright bass, guitar, ukulele), sweethearts for over 40 years, have played extensively with their popular bluegrass band, Old Cold Tater, at festivals, clubs, and churches in and around New England since the early ‘80s. They have also played with their swing band, The Hot Club of Coral Bay, on St. John in the Virgin Islands.

Chick Marston (fingerstyle & slide guitar, vocals, banjo) was a commercial fisherman in the ‘70s and ‘80s who played his barroom blues in waterfront saloons from the Maritimes to Miami. He met his wife, Ellen Ford (vocals, guitar, ukulele), in Tampa, where she was working as a traditional jazz singer in a waterfront club. They have performed together in and around Cape Ann as Chick & Ellen for nearly 20 years.

Tickets for the show are $15, and reservations may be made by calling 978-768-3690.

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