Folk duo ‘Squirrel Hillbillies’ kick off Fox Chapel library’s outdoor concerts |
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Tawnya Panizzi

Residents can mingle in the outdoor gardens at Cooper-Siegel Community Library while listening to the twang of the uke as folk duo Squirrel Hillbillies kick off the summer concert series on May 17.

The show is 7 to 8 at the library, 403 Fox Chapel Road.

“Our library has a beautiful Welcome Garden and we decided we needed to utilize it more,” said Kelley Beeson, library adult services department head.

This is the second year for the concert series, following a successful inaugural lineup. There will be three shows, each on a Friday night. All are free to the public.

“We want to feature local talent and we got a lot of interest, so we decided to go with three very different acts,” Beeson said.

First up is the Squirrel Hillbillies, featuring Jenny Wolsk and Gary Crouth, who joke that they come from the deep urban forest of Pittsburgh’s East End.

The duo play an eclectic mix of acoustic music, spanning folk, country and blues.

They perform regularly at the Squirrel Hill Farm Market over the summer.

On June 14, the concert will feature The Diamante Trio; July 19 will bring The Pittsburgh Armadillos.

The series is paid for by a grant from the S. Kent Rockwell Foundation.

“Bring a chair, a blanket, wine and something to nosh on as you enjoy some wonderful local music,” Beeson said.

All ages are welcome.

In the case of rain, the shows will move inside to the library’s program room.

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