Southeast Public Radio Presents a Concert in a Cave


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Southeast Public Radio will welcomes folk duo Cathy Barton and Dave Para to Ste. Genevieve on Friday, Aug. 22.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 12, 2008 — Southeast Public Radio welcomes folk duo Cathy Barton and Dave Para to Ste. Genevieve on Friday, Aug. 22, for a memorable evening of folk music.

Barton and Para have created dynamic performances acclaimed for more than 25 years for their variety and expertise in vocal and instrumental music. It has been said that “this duo from Missouri make some of the best music you’ll ever hear.” The concert begins at 8 p.m. at Cave Vineyard in Ste. Genevieve. A social hour will be held at 7 p.m.

A versatile duo, Barton and Para play several stringed instruments, including hammer and fretted dulcimers, banjo, guitar and autoharp, as well as “found” instruments like bones, spoons, mouthbow and leaf. Their concerts range from the lively dance tunes they have collected in their home region to old ballads to new songs. They have conducted several instrumental workshops as well as those about songs from the Civil War, from American rivers, old gospel and children’s songs and Christmas music.

Para is best known for his guitar wizardry and his quick wit on stage. He began his music career by taking guitar lessons at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. Barton holds college and graduate degrees in humanities and folklore, and has worked as a folklorist at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Ark. Barton and Para have 10 recordings to their credit, two of which include music from the Civil War on the Western Border.

Barton and Para first heard the mix of traditional and contemporary folk music in childhood during the “folk scare” of the 1960s. Barton made her first of many trips to the Ozark Folk Center in 1973, where she befriended most of the older traditional singers and players congregating there in Mountain View, Ark., and eventually Para went with her. Both spent many pleasant days accompanying old-time fiddlers in central Missouri and around the United States. They have always kept their ears open for a good new song.

“We are very excited to have these talented folk artists coming to perform for us,” says General Manager Dan Woods. “They have been featured on our locally produced program, ‘Your Folk Connection’ and were well received by our audience. Plus, having the concert in a cave makes this a unique event for Southeast Public Radio listeners.”

Cave Vineyard is nestled in the southeastern rolling hills of Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri. It derives its name from the Saltpeter Cave located on the property. Fifteen acres of grapevines are cared for by the Strussion family, who has owned the property since 1995. Very little has been historically recorded about the cave. It is known that the name Saltpeter comes from the time of the early French Settlers. It is believed that they mined the cave for Saltpeter, which they used to make gunpowder.

Tickets are $25 and are available at the Southeast Public Radio studios. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Southeast Public Radio at (573) 651-5070 or toll-free at (888) 651-5070. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Southeast Public Radio.

As the area’s source for diverse musical programming and award-winning NPR news, Southeast Public Radio strives to continuously excel in providing the highest quality public radio programming to Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. Nearly 1.9 million people within the listening area have the opportunity to tune in to KRCU 90.9 FM which is a 6,500 watt station located in Cape Girardeau and KSEF 88.9 FM, a 9,500 watt repeater station located in Farmington. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. More information is available at