Concert benefits New Leaf Community Garden
Tonight’s benefit concert at Wadsworth Auditorium for New Leaf Community Garden brings the return to Newnan of husband and wife duo Al Petteway and Amy White.
“Sowing Seeds of Harmony & Hope; Season II - A Fundraising Concert for New Leaf Community Garden” is tonight at 7 p.m. at Wadsworth Auditorium in the former Newnan Municipal Building at 25 Jefferson St.
New Leaf Garden is an ongoing project on Salbide Avenue near downtown Newnan where garden plots are offered for rent.
The organization offers raised beds for $75 per year. New Leaf heavily relies on volunteers — both in the garden and to help with aspects of running the non-profit. The group’s website is newleafcommunitygarden.com, and New Leaf may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to: New Leaf Community Garden, P.O. Box 1013, Newnan, GA 30263.
Tickets for tonight’s concert are $10 for seniors and students, and they are $15 for adults. Tickets are available online at AlandAmyBenefitConcert at Brownpapertickets.com or purchase at local outlets Espresso Lane, Musicology or Let them eat Toffee! in downtown Newnan or at Bank of North Georgia, located on Highway 34 East near Highway 154 at Thomas Crossroads.
Award-winning, critically acclaimed, passionate and playful, Al Petteway and Amy White offer an intoxicating blend of musical styles. Their repertoire includes original, traditional, contemporary Celtic- and Appalachian-influenced music with occasional nods to rock and jazz. Their performances feature acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, piano, banjo, lap dulcimer, world percussion, and a touch of vocals.
They did a benefit concert for New Leaf last year.
Al Petteway is a Grammy Award-winning guitarist, and he and Amy White are an Indie Award-winning duo. They have been heard on several Ken Burns television documentaries, including “Mark Twain,” “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” “Baseball: The Tenth Inning,” “The Dust Bowl” and “The Roosevelts.”
Al & Amy’s music was featured throughout the soundtrack of the 2009 Ken Burns Emmy-winning documentary, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” And in 2010, their album, “Caledon Wood,” was counted among the essential albums of the past 20 years in the Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s 20th anniversary issue. Al & Amy enjoy living in their North Carolina mountain aerie at 4,300 feet elevation, with stunning long-range views and wildlife as constant inspiration. This mountain-top setting has greatly influenced their recent musical works, and has also spurred their return to photography.
Both Al & Amy’s photographs are represented by The National Geographic Society’s Image Collection, where Al worked as an image editor for 18 years. In addition to concerts and workshops, Al & Amy now also offer winter-themed and four-season multi-media shows which feature live music performed against a backdrop of nature photography.
"High in the Blue Ridge," Al & Amy’s recording of Appalachian- and Celtic-inspired melodies, was released in early 2011. And they each released solo CDs in 2012. Al's is a solo acoustic project featuring Fingerstyle Blues titled "It's Only the Blues" and Amy's features her original songs and is titled "Home, Sweet Home."