Sparky and Rhonda Rucker

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker will perform Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton.

EASTON — Folk and storytelling duo Sparky and Rhonda Rucker will perform at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Talbot County Free Library, as part of Easton’s inaugural Fire & Ice Festival.

The Ruckers perform throughout the United States, as well as overseas, singing songs and telling stories from the American folk tradition. They are internationally recognized as leading musicians, authors and storytellers.

They accompany themselves with fingerstyle picking and bottleneck blues guitar, blues harmonica, old-time banjo, piano, spoons and bones.

They will deliver an uplifting presentation of toe-tapping music spiced with humor, history and tall tales. They take their audience on an educational and emotional journey that ranges from stories of slavery and war to an amusing rendition of a Brer Rabbit tale and witty commentaries on current events.

Their music includes a variety of old-time blues, Appalachian music, slave songs, Civil War music, spirituals, work songs, ballads, civil rights music and original compositions.

Over 50 years of performing, Sparky and Rhonda Rucker have performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, as well as NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Prairie Home Companion,” “Mountain Stage” and “Morning Edition.” Their recording, “Treasures & Tears,” was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award, and their music is included on the Grammy-nominated anthology, “Singing Through the Hard Times.”

All library programs are free and open to the public. Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend this performance. For more information, call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

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