TOVE I. S. GERHARDSE
The Folk Music Ensemble will perform American as well as international folk music in their concert tonight at 7 in the Joseph Smith Building auditorium. Admission is free.
Mark Geslison, of the School of Music at Brigham Young University, is the director for the Folk Music Ensemble.
The Folk Music Ensemble is divided into four folk music groups; the American group, which performs Bluegrass; the international group, which does international numbers; the intermediate group, which plays jazz and blues; and the beginning group.
All of the four groups will be performing at the concert tonight.
According to a news release, the international group is composed of six talented instrumentalists and vocalists who sing and play a variety of traditional folk instruments, such as fiddle, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, guitar, harmonica, accordion, and bodhran (a Celtic drum).
Unique percussion instruments including bongos, bones, and spoons keep the rhythm as the ensemble performs.
According to a news release, the BYU Folk Music Ensemble delivers a program brimming with excitement and variety. It performs musical styles from Appalachian Folk, Celtic, French-Canadian and American New England, to Bluegrass, Cajun, Jazz, Blues and Country.
In addition to the playing the folk music, the group members teach the audience about the history of the music and the historic importance of the unique instruments as well.