Kerry Ryer-Parke returns to Meetinghouse Café in Bennington

Thursday June 20, 2013

BENNINGTON -- Local singer, conductor, and teacher Kerry Ryer-Parke returns to the Meetinghouse Café on Friday, June 21. She will be joined by Peter King and David Mellinger of the Catbird Trio, and by jazz violinist David Edelman.

"There’s something for everyone in this year’s concert," according to Kerry, "from traditional ballads, folk-rock, bluegrass, some Django Reinhard/Stephane Grappelli tunes, jazz standards, and blues."

This musical eclecticism is soon to be a way of life: in the fall Kerry joins the music faculty at Bennington College, her alma mater. "I’m very excited to be teaching at Bennington, where I can bring all my musical loves under one roof. Studying there in the late 80s, classical and jazz were the only options, so I quickly abandoned my folk roots. Now when you walk through the music building, right next to the piano etude you will just as likely hear a fiddle tune, or an Irish flute. Students are singing, playing and writing all styles of music, and I can’t wait to be a part of that."

The Meetinghouse Café concert will feature Kerry’s jazz trio, with David Edelman as special guest on jazz violin. David Edelman has been playing violin for nearly all his life. Growing up in New York City in the 60s and 70s, he had many musical influences, but it was folk, jazz, and bluegrass that gave him his grounding. Dave has played in a Middle Eastern ensemble, a hiphop band, and country bands. He has finally landed in Vermont where he is happily ensconced with his wife, two dogs and two parrots. Dave reports that the parrots have a problem with his fiddle playing.

Peter King is well known to Bennington audiences as the founder of bands MidLife Crisis and now the Prescription. His musical career started when his father put a ukulele in his hand and blossomed when his brother introduced him to the Beatles. Then bluegrass brought him to the banjo followed by country on the Zuni reservation. Now he weaves it all together with the Catbird Trio. David Mellinger has drummed for local bands since pulling into town in the 1980s. His musical heart is in improvisational music.

The concert will be at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington., 108 School St. Admission is $15. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Information about the concert and the Meetinghouse Café can be found at


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