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Tuesday, July 11 at 1 p.m., Ray Corse will play and sing during the Golden Afternoons program in the lobby at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. Refreshments will be provided. The program is free and open to those 55 years of age and older.
Corse, 69, of Sullivan Township has been playing the accordion for 64 years. As a five-year-old, he began taking accordion lessons from Leonard Kello in Susquehanna, the Susquehanna County town where he grew up. He took his last lesson when he was 14.

The majority of the songs Corse will perform on July 11 are from the 1900s to the 1970s. On his playlist are polkas, country and rock and roll songs, such as “The House of the Rising Sun," “Proud Mary,” “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You,” “Tear In My Beer,” “Love Letters in the Sand,” “Crazy” and “Grandma’s Feather Bed,” a tune released by John Denver in 1974. He also performs several songs from the 1800s like "When You and I Were Young Maggie," first published in 1866.

“I take requests,” Corse said. “If I can whistle or hum a tune, I can usually play it. Everything I play is by ear.”

When he was in the military, Corse was accordionist for various bands and played in Vietnam, Italy, Texas and Mississippi. After moving to Tioga County in September 1972, he performed with several local bands. The last one was The Kards in 1997. Currently, he is playing bass and singing with a group called "Senior Moments." "I am the youngest. We play at personal care homes and nursing homes like Country Terrace, The Green Home and Broad Acres in Wellsboro. We also do private parties," he said.

"When I perform solo, I mostly play at the Wellsboro, Mansfield and Millerton senior centers and sometimes at the senior centers at Elkland, Westfield and Gillett," said Corse. "Several week ago, I played and sang at Appleridge, an independent senior living community in Horseheads, N.Y."

For information about Golden Afternoons, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220.

Ray Corse will play his accordion and sing during the upcoming Golden Afternoons program in Wellsboro.

1 comment :

Mr Front Porch said...

I love the sound of an accordion!