WELLSBORO—On Friday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m., Drowsy Maggie will perform a variety of old time, Celtic, bluegrass, folk and American roots music in the Gallery at the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro.
Named for a Celtic reel on their play list, the group performs “Drowsy Maggie” every time they are on stage. Other selections will be music made famous by John Prine, Hank Williams, Jr., the Stanley Brothers, Nancy Griffith, Utah Philips, Tony Rice, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Doc Watson and Old Crow Medicine Show. Among them are: "Love at the Five and Dime," "Kentucky Waltz," "Whiskey Before Breakfast," “Wagon Wheel,” “Paradise,” “Jambalaya” and “Handsome Molly.” On Nov. 25, the group will also sing “Far Side of Crazy," a song written by Kenny Cox of Florida and Hickory Fest organizer Frank Serio.
Drowsy Maggie now includes four musicians. Danny Shipe of Wellsboro became a permanent member in 2015. He plays guitar and is lead vocalist. Shipe began singing and playing acoustic guitar in the mid 1970s, was an original member of North Fork Alliance formed in 1980, co-founded the eclectic bluegrass band Burnt Toast in 1990, was a member of the Hickory Project band and since 2002 has performed every year at Hickory Fest at Stony Fork Creek Campground, near Wellsboro. In 2013, Shipe retired after 35 years of service as a UPS driver.
Bruce Smith of Covington plays bass, octave mandolin and guitar; Carl Conn, fiddle, flute and Irish whistle; and Daria Lin-Guelig, hammered dulcimer and concertina. Conn and Lin-Guelig live in the Wellsboro area. These three have been performing together for six years.
Born and raised in Fells Point in Baltimore, Maryland, Conn was exposed to bluegrass and country music at an early age. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University's Peabody Conservatory, he taught instrumental music in Baltimore County for 32 years and played fiddle in a local bluegrass band. He moved to this area in 2004 after retiring.
Last year, Smith retired after teaching electronics and computer engineering at Penn College in Williamsport for 33 years. A Wellsboro high school graduate, he has been playing guitar for 34 years, mandolin for 31 years and bass for six years. He builds and repairs stringed instruments and made the guitars and mandolin he plays today.
Lin-Guelig first learned how to play the Appalachian lap dulcimer in the 1980s, acquired her first hammered dulcimer in the late 1990s but focused on raising four children and working as a physician assistant rather than music. When she and Conn began playing together regularly, the retired music teacher patiently taught and encouraged her until she became comfortable performing in public. In 2015, she retired after working as a physician assistant for 30 years.
On stage with Drowsy Maggie will be three guest artists. Dave Cavage of Carbondale, a member of the Hickory Project band, will be on banjo and vocals. Also joining them will be vocalist Molly Howard Cary, Wellsboro's new elementary music teacher and the daughter of Ann and Alan Acker of Coudersport. Jennifer McCarthy of Wellsboro will sing the Kate Wolf tune “Across The Great Divide" with the group.
For this Deane Center Gallery Music Series concert, audience members will be seated at tables so they can relax, are welcome to bring their own favorite snacks and bever
|Drowsy Maggie includes (from left to right) Carl Conn, Bruce Smith, Daria Lin-Guelig and Dan Shipe.|