Friday, September 2, 2005  Regional Edition of the Community Advocate

Library presents Plainfolk Concert on the Common
by Heather Dubois, Contributing Writer

Shrewsbury - For 27 years Plainfolk, a Worcester-based folk band, has been making music and performing everywhere from local pubs to the JFK Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC and the CBS National News.  Now they can add the Shrewsbury Town Common to their list of stops.

The Common became the site of a picture perfect summer evening concert Aug. 25 as hundreds gathered with their blankets and chairs to listen to the music of Plainfolk.  The band members are Charlie Ball, Dennis Costello, Barry Sullivan (an alumnus of Walter J. Paton Elementary School), John Costello and Dave Poland.

The band's songs, which have been released on several CDs, are snappy and tell stories such as "Union Station" and "The Smiley Face Song".  "Fireman's Prayer" has gained international recognition in the firefighting community.

The free concert was sponsored by the Friends of the Shrewsbury Library.  In addition to this event, the group also supports the children's summer programs, guest speakers, the children's room fish tank, and the high school graduate scholarship program.

According to Nancy Colby, the group is always looking to welcome new members and donations of books, videos, CDs, cassettes, and DVDs.  Members receive advance notice and advance shopping privileges during all the group's book sales.  Anyone interested in joining can stop by the library or contact Nancy Colby at (508) 842-0081 ext. 3.