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House Concert - Hey Mavis

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Date: December 3, 2010

Cuyahoga Valley National Park News Release

For Immediate Release – Friday, December 3, 2010

Mary Pat Doorley, CVNP, 440-546-5995, 440-343-7355 (cell), or e-mail us

Brecksville, Ohio – On Sunday, December 19, 2010, Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and Cuyahoga National Park Association (CVNPA) host their monthly house concert featuring former CVNP Artist-in-Residence Ed Caner who serves as both musician and host. The series, which occurs on the third Sunday of every month through May, will highlight local guest performers and different styles of music in the intimate setting of a restored bank barn, on the Hines Hill Campus. This month will feature two shows. Concerts start at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively. Admission: $8 adults, $6 CVNPA members. Advance sales are recommended and are available by calling 330-657-2909. Seating is limited. Facility is not wheelchair accessible. For updated ticket availability information, call the Cultural Arts Hotline at 330-650-4636, ext. 228. The hotline is updated at 2 p.m. the day of every concert and is intended to inform callers of sold-out events or weather-related cancellations. Note: Start time was incorrectly released as 8:00 p.m. in earlier publications. Correct start time is 7:00 p.m.

Violinist/Fiddler Ed Caner has been labeled by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as, "One of the most versatile musicians on the planet." During the past 15 years, he has performed as a sideman for over 50 major acts, including Smokey Robinson, Page and Plant, Natalie Cole, Luciano Pavarotti, Mel Torme, Ray Price, and Leftover Salmon. He served as interim Concertmaster of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and performed as section violinist with The Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Cleveland Ballet, and Cleveland Opera Orchestra. Ed has also performed over 750 shows as soloist with Michael Stanley, Wayne Newton (Las Vegas), The New Barleycorn (Ireland/USA), and the Broadway musical, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (New York/Cleveland).

Joining Ed this month will be the other two members of his band Hey Mavis. Hey Mavis crosses the genres of Americana, Texas Two-step, Bluegrass, Folk, and Art Rock. In their songwriting, the trio finds the fine threads within stories of all types--from the fantastic to everyday--and weaves them into engaging original tunes.

Hey Mavis was formed in 2008 and is comprised of Laurie Michelle Caner (lead songwriter, vocals, banjo), Sarah Benn (songwriter, vocals, bass), and Ed Caner (viola profunda, fiddle, mixmaster). In addition to their work with this band, Laurie and Sarah both have extensive experience as members of the all-women vocal harmony group The Rhondas.

During their stint as Artists-in-Residence at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, members of Hey Mavis drew inspiration from the park and wrote, practiced, and performed their own original music in the valley. In spring of 2010, they worked with legendary music producer Don Dixon to create and release their debut CD, Red Wine. Having recorded all tracks for the CD at Hines Hill Conference Center makes this venue the perfect locale for this set of public performances.

Hines Hill Conference Center is located at 1403 W. Hines Hill Road in Peninsula 44264. This is approximately one mile east of Riverview Road. CVNPA is a nonprofit organization created to engage public support for the park and provide services to enhance public use and enjoyment of the park. For more information about CVNPA and its membership program, visit www.cvnpa.org or call 330-657-2909. CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information visit www.nps.gov/cuva/ or www.dayinthevalley.com or call 330-657-2752 or 800-257-9477.

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Did You Know?

Historic photo of canal boats along the Ohio & Erie Canal.

The Ohio & Erie Canal, which runs through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, was a 308-mile waterway connecting Lake Erie to the Ohio River. This transportation route, which influenced local and national prosperity, was dug entirely by hand by mostly German and Irish immigrants.