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Friday, March 9, 2018


Ray Corse will play his accordion and 
sing on Tuesday, March 13 in Wellsboro.
Tuesday, March 13 at 1 p.m., Ray Corse of Sullivan Township will play his accordion 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 has been playing the accordion for 65 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 March 13 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.

He also takes requests. “If I can whistle or hum a tune, I can usually play it. Everything I play is by ear," Corse said.

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, including The Kards in 1997. In 2017, he was playing bass guitar and singing with a group called "Senior Moments." It has since disbanded. "I was the youngest member of that band," he said. "We played at personal care homes and nursing homes like Country Terrace, The Green Home and Broad Acres in Wellsboro and for private parties."

Today, he performs solo at senior centers in Tioga and Bradford counties and at senior living facilities and nursing homes within a 100-mile radius of his home.

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

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