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Ranky Tanky

1 November 2019
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Barre Opera House

Ranky Tanky at the BOH on 11/1

Ranky Tanky, the South Carolina quintet whose debut album soared to the #1 position on the Billboard, i-Tunes, and Amazon Jazz Charts, is next up in the TD Bank Celebration Series. The group, who have been leaders in preserving Gullah culture, take the stage on Friday, November 1 at 7:30. The show is sponsored by Miles Supply and Mass Mutual with media support from The Point.

“Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God.” “Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” In this spirit this Charleston based group performs the timeless African American music of the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of South Carolina are the ground from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown. Ranky Tanky mixes the low country traditions with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B.

NPR says Ranky Tanky’s music is “soulful honey to the ears.” Afropop Worldwide called their eponymous album “one of the greatest gifts of the year.”

Fresh out of college, trumpeter Charlton Singleton, guitarist Clay Ross, bassist Kevin Hamilton, and drummer Quentin Baxter originally worked together as an in-demand jazz quartet on the Charleston scene in the late 1990s before splitting off to each make their way as freelance musicians, working with names like Houston Person, Freddy Cole, Cyro Baptista, and René Marie. Gaining years of valuable experience while developing a deeper appreciation for the Gullah tradition they came from, the band reformed with the dynamic vocalist Quiana Parler to celebrate the bone-deep mix of spirituals and gutbucket blues that mark the low country mainland and Sea Islands – music made by a self-contained culture of descendants of enslaved Africans that introduced such indelible parts of American songbook as “Kum Bah Yah” and “Michael Rowed the Boat Ashore.”

Ranky Tanky will also be offering a student matinee earlier in the day at 10 a.m. Schools, homeschoolers and seniors are welcome to attend.

Tickets for Ranky Tanky are $22-$36, with discounts for members, seniors, students and the disabled – order online at www.barreoperahouse.org or call the Barre Opera House at 802-476-8188. The Opera House, located at 6 North Main Street in Barre, is handicapped accessible and equipped for the hearing impaired.