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Aurelio Martinez & the T-Mart Rounders
November 22, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
January 29, 2020 @ 7:30pm
D&E Campus, Robbins Memorial Chapel
About Aurelio: Singer-songwriter, guitarist and percussionist, Aurelio Martinez aka AURELIO (born 1969), is one of Central America’s most gifted performers. Born in Honduras, the artist is known for his powerful and evocative voice. He is a major tradition-bearer of the Garifuna culture and music and he is considered nowadays as the Cultural Ambassador of the Garifuna nation.
The Garinagu, commonly known as the Garifuna are people of Amerindian and West African descents who live along the coasts of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The original home of the Garifuna is St. Vincent (one of the windward islands in the West Indies) from which they were deported in 1796 by the British government and landed on Roatan island, situated in the Bay Islands of Honduras.
About the T-Mart Rounders: Jesse Milnes, Kevin Chesser and Becky Hill were brought together by their mutual love for the old-time music and dance traditions of West Virginia and the greater Appalachian region. The three started playing together in 2012 in Elkins, WV, at social gatherings and square dances, and their friendship has evolved into the T-Mart Rounders. The trio consists of clawhammer banjo, fiddle, guitar, voice, and foot percussion, re-envisioning Appalachian clogging and flatfooting as its own instrument within the band. Their arrangements of traditional old-time tunes use percussive dance as the primary rhythmic accompaniment, akin to a drum-set. All three collaborators have spent significant time in West Virginia learning from and interviewing master elder musicians and dancers. The goal of the project is to celebrate the traditions of Appalachian music and dance, while simultaneously pushing the boundaries of those traditions. The T-Mart Rounders released a full-length album in 2017 and are excited to be performing at Nelsonville this summer.