OCAC howls for Hollerin’ Girl
Published: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 01:10
The Oxford Community Arts Center (OCAC) will host a concert and CD release Nov. 9 for local folk singer Susan Pepper’s new album, “Hollerin’ Girl.” Pepper is ballad singer-songwriter who infuses Appalachian influences into her music.
Pepper said she has been singing her whole life.
“Chorus was always my favorite class since elementary school,” Pepper said. She has been writing songs since the early 2000’s.
Since moving to Oxford a few years ago, Pepper has been involved with the OCAC.
“I have offered guitar and dulcimer lessons,” Pepper said.
Pepper said she draws inspiration from old recordings of non-commercial Appalachian singers. As far as contemporary artists, Pepper said she is a big fan of Jean Ritchie, a Kentucky native who is also a folksinger.
“After I developed an interest in folk music, I kind of worked my way backwards and started finding out about even older forms,” Pepper said.
One message she said she wishes to communicate through her music is an appreciation for the history of music, and the idea that it used to be a main source of entertainment before modern inventions.
“I hope to capture people’s imaginations and transport them back to an older time,” Pepper said. “[I want to] educate them a little bit about older forms of music.”
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with an act by local duo Judy and Warren Waldron, who perform as The Pineridge Partners. The cost is ten dollars, and children under 15 get in free. Andy Lynn, an employee at the OCAC, said they were happy when Pepper approached them about organizing this event.
“This is one of the purposes of the OCAC—allowing a place for local artists to connect with the community,” Lynn said.
The night will also offer an opportunity for guests to share their musical talents with a “jam session” after Pepper’s performance. Audience members may bring their own instruments and take the stage.
For Miami University students taking music classes, events like this can be an opportunity to fulfill requirements.
Miami University sophomore Courtney Katzmeyer, a vocal music major, said music students are required to see twelve shows over the course of the year.
“We have to see performances that fit different categories: large groups, guest performers, ensembles, et cetera,” Katzmeyer said. “This event could definitely count as a guest performer.”
Katzmeyer said she has previously seen performances at the OCAC, including ones by Stage Left, Miami’s musical theatre group.
Pepper will be giving a holiday performance at Lane Library in Oxford on Dec. 14.
Also on her upcoming agenda is teaching square dancing classes with Judy Waldron beginning next January.
“We are really hoping to get people involved,” Pepper said. “It will be a fun way for them to connect with one another.”