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Top West Virginian Singer/Songwriter Plays at House Concert in Park

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Date: February 15, 2011
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, 440-546-5995

Brecksville, Ohio – On Sunday, February 20, 2011, Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park host their monthly house concert featuring former CVNP Artist-in-Residence Ed Caner who serves as both musician and emcee. The series, which occurs on the third Sunday of every month through May, will highlight local and regional guest performers and different styles of music in the intimate setting of a restored bank barn, on the Hines Hill Campus. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission: $8 adults and $6 Conservancy 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.

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 West Virginian singer/songwriter and guitarist Todd Burge. Over the last decade, Todd Burge, has played everything from Alternative Rock to Bluegrass, performing over 150 shows per year in venues as diverse as CBGB's and the Kennedy Center. Burge is a repeat guest on Public Radio's Mountain Stage and has been called the "dean of WV songwriters, the best we have", by the show's host, Larry Groce. Todd recently recorded Telephone Girl by Blind Alfred Reed, for a tribute compilation called Always Lift Him Up that benefits the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame and includes Kathy Mattea, Ray Benson, Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, Tim and Mollie O’Brien, Little Jimmy Dickens and more. Burge also hosts his own radio show and podcast, Songwriter Night with Todd Burge. In referring to Burge, Grammy winner Tim O’Brien says, "Todd Burge's music and personality will grow on you. He draws from the same muse as John Hartford and Roger Miller, but there's something else in there that keeps it all Todd, all the time. The songs make me laugh and then think, and then laugh and think again."

Hines Hill Conference Center is located at 1403 W. Hines Hill Road in Peninsula 44264. This is approximately one mile east of Riverview Road. The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park 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 the Conservancy and its membership program, visit www.conservancyforcvnp.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?

Image courtesy of Cleveland Museum of Natural History

American Indians in the Cuyahoga Valley were influenced by the Hopewell Culture, which created large mound complexes in central Ohio from 100 B.C. – A.D. 500? In the Cuyahoga Valley, American Indians built small mounds rather than large ceremonial centers.