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Charlie & Celia: News, Past & Present

We Are Still Going, and Going - August 31, 2016

Hello!  Again, we've let much time slip by without a word. Hoping you haven't yet forgotten about us...

We are still very actively providing music in a number of venues. Please look at our Calendar Dates section to see some of the up and coming events as they evolve.

Many of our performances have been out of town, in the Cleveland area specifically. We are ever hopeful to build a local relationship that will allow regular showings so we can see our friends and neighbors in the Athens area more frequently.

Please email to keep in touch. We'd love to hear from you.


How many irons in the fire? - June 27, 2015

We always try to remain busy or at least as busy as we can with our music. In addition to appearing regularly as Charlie & Celia, we are also a part of Long Road, a Cleveland based 6 member band that focuses on the folk music sound.  As David Budin, the founder and leader of the group puts it, "We make old songs new and old new songs sound old."  The music itself might come from any genre or period, but is performed in a style that you might have heard had you gone to a folk club in the '60's.

On occasion, we also appear with Lewis Pride which is composed primarily of members of Charlie's family that is more central Ohio based.  Charlie's brother Wid is the leader of this effort and while we cannot make every performance with the group, we do join them when possible.

Then there is the occasional performance Celia makes with the Ohio University Symphony Orchestra as a guest Harpist and both of us have full time jobs on top of that.

There have been many other individual freelance work both of us have done on projects scoring films, audio projects or theatrical productions in the past, and no doubt there will be more.

So when do we have time to do all this?  We sometimes wonder the same thing.  Somehow, we always make time.  Someone once told me  that if you want to get something done, get the busiest person you know to agree to do it.  Apparently this is true.

We plan to remain busy on all fronts and hopefully will be appearing somewhere close to you in the near future.

Another year is underway - February 6, 2013

.....and we are looking forward to another busy year.  We already know we will again be doing the Antique Auction and Fundraiser for the Athens County Historical Society in May and continue to do our monthly trek to Fairmount Temple in the Cleveland Area for Kabbalat Shabbat each 2nd Friday of each month.  Coming up soon is the Coleeta Marketplace & Galleria as well as other events both private and public. 

We are again performing this year with David Budin and Long Road and soon hope to have a couple of dates we can post here concerning those.  As soon as these dates are firmed up, you can find them on our calendar of upcoming events.  In fact, you should click on that link over to your right to check out what we have mentioned here in more detail.

Hope to see you at one of our performances soon.

Summer, 2012 - June 18, 2012

Hmmm...looking over our news, it's pretty outdated.

So, starting this summer, keep one eye on this area, as we will be updating our movements and activities on a more frequent schedule than every 2 or 3 years...

Our next email newsletter should be out soon, as we are busy this summer, and hope that we might see some of you over the next few months.  If not, please check in and let us know where we might find you.

After our June 20 private event, we will appear at Cain Park twice this summer, and will hopefully be able to send out information about a house concert we will present in the Cleveland Hts, Ohio area. 

We'll be in touch soon.




Since Last Summer - April 8, 2009

Whew! It's been nearly a year since we entered any news, and yet all this time it's been news, news, news. We've seen many of our friends and fans over this past 9 months. We've had our busiest times this past year. And, this winter, we had a difficult period with illness - much vocal distress. Spring seems to be pulling us back into focus. Plans for our next CD are back in motion. We're looking forward to our summer productions with Ohio Valley Summer Theater.

We promise to enter more current information here so you know what's happening when you sign on and visit our site. As always, we are grateful for your attention and devotion, and we look forward to seeing you sometime soon.

In the thick of it . . . . - July 18, 2008

It is intermission between the acts of the Secret Garden as I write this. I hadn't really planned to be doing OVST this Summer, but sometimes things sweep you along in directions other than you intended.

It's a great show to be part of and I would encourage any and all of you to attend one of the performances if you are able. See our upcoming events page to learn more about it.

The new CD is in the planning stages, but we hope to begin initial recordings of some of the songs in August.

I need to get back to work now, I'll let you all know how and when things develop.

We hope you are all having a great Summer!!


It never ends . . . . - July 2, 2008

. . . and we're glad it doesn't.

We've just returned from the Cleveland performances at Cain Park with David Budin and Long Road. It was a great show to be part of and it now appears we will be doing it again in Willoughby, Ohio in August.

Other things are in the works as well and we are going to be very busy the rest of the Summer--we need to update our calendar so you can all see what we mean--promise to get that in place in the next couple of days.

We had planned to take a little time to work on a new CD, but find we are easily pulled into other projects that prevent it from happening. This month is no different as Charlie has now agreed to fill in a vacancy in the cast of "The Secret Garden" for the Ohio Valley Summer Theater. Originally the plan was for Charlie to put together the material for the proposed CD while Celia was performing in the orchestra for this OVST production. Daughters Emma and Helen are also involved, so it has turned out to be something of a family affair.

Now the available time to plan for the CD has been pushed back to August at the earliest. Hopefully, we can still get it put together this year. We'll keep you posted on our progress as we go along.

Hope you're having a great Summer and hope to see you at one of our performances.

It's been too long . . . - May 5, 2008

What’s that? Summer 2007????

Okay, it has been a while since we posted any “news”. It actually surprises me to see this as we have clearly been very busy---busy with everything except updating our news page.

Last Summer saw many things, including the long awaited reunion of the Frogwhompers. The Green Parks album that was sold in the 1970’s was released on CD for the first time with some dandy previously unreleased bonus tracks featuring the 1976 touring group. The more or less complete Frogwhompers recorded material was released in an “unboxed” set featuring over 50 cuts. I believe both of theses items are currently out of stock everywhere, but I’m sure they will soon return and will send out a notice as well as posting it here when I get confirmation on this.

This Summer is starting to shape up and includes participation in Folk concerts at Cain Park in Cleveland and the possibility for another later in the Summer or Fall in the Zanesville area. As this develops, we will let you know on the details.

We continue to appear around the region and are beginning to take a serious look at finally beginning to record a new CD - - thanks to all of you that have been requesting it.

Watch this space. I’ll do my best to post current news in this spot as it unfolds.

In the meantime, check out our Upcoming Events page to see what we are up to at any given moment.


Summer, 2007 - July 25, 2007

A big, happy thank you to those who came to see us in June, to those who wrote, and to all of you who continue to support our music passion and fetish . . . we're grateful.

The photos are changing . . . please send any you might have! We'll post'em.

A few words from Matthew Griffin . . . - April 21, 2007

The Hills of Ohio was written on the bus on the way to Cleveland one morning. We had to leave from the school of theater at some ungodly hour in the middle of the night to get to a morning performance in Cleveland. Anne Smith, Marsha Pierson and I were the unlucky slobs who didn't manage to find enough space to stretch out and snooze. If we'd had a bigger bus, that song might not have gotten written.

Anyway -- there we were -- upright and awake and with several hours to kill. Anne says, "I've had this tune going around in my head and Bob wants more Ohio songs in the show. Let's see if we can do something with this." So she plays the tune through on her guitar and dee-dee-dees instead of words. I think the first line we came up with was "At night I dream of Athens County" which we ended up changing to "I often dream of Athens County". By the time we got off the bus, the song was finished.

We were staying in the Area that afternoon in cabins at a state lodge -- this might have been Geauga County for the Maple Festival -- I'm not sure. But anyway -- that afternoon Bob & Connie had driven up to meet us and have some touch up rehearsal in the living room of one of our cabins. We played them the song, added some back up vocals; Alex took a fiddle break which eventually became a dynamite mandolin duet with Alex and John. We put the song in the show that night.

I remember when we played that song at the Athens County Fairgrounds on July 4th, the crowd stood and applauded and stomped their feet until Bob made us sing it all the way through a second time. It was one of the greatest moments of my life.

Years later when I was in graduate school a fellow contacted me and wanted to record the song. He sent me a recording he had made at a live performance in the park in my hometown of Gallipolis. I never got Anne's permission to let him record it but he submitted the tape to the Ohio Country Music Association. Imagine my surprise when I got a letter from OCMA telling me that "The Hills of Ohio" had been selected as the best new song of 1985. They were supposed to send me a plaque but it never showed up.

I'd like to thank Matthew for sharing the story behind this song with us. If you click on our music link, you will hear part of this song at the beginning of the Green Parks Montage. If you would like to hear it all, you can now purchase a copy of the CD. Our "shopping" page has a link that takes you directly to the order page of OVST.

Be sure to check out the photo gallery to see some photos and press from the 1976 tour group.

There's more to come -


Here we go again - March 26, 2007

The first performance of the Appalachian Green Parks Project in over
30 years is nearly upon us.

This Thursday evening, March 29, at ARTS/West in Athens, Ohio brings
the Gala Kick-off of the 2007 OVST (Ohio Valley Summer Theater) Summer
Season. The performers for this evening include original Green Parks
members Bruce and Gay (Gehres) Dalzell, Bill Mullins, Charlie and
Celia, plus Bob & Connie (House) Winters who were, and still are,
major creative forces behind this entire project from way back in 1973
to the present day.

Featured guests include Jerry Rockwell, a wizard on the
Appalachian/Mountain Dulcimer, Bill Mullins, multi-instrumentalist par
excellence, as well as Jim Prouty & Terry Douds, both former members
of the "Frogwhompers" and "A Touch of Grass." We are also privileged
to feature some offspring of the aforementioned folks!

Rehearsals are underway and we'll likely post a few photos on our
website as soon and as often as possible as rehearsals and
performances take place.

If you go to our Music link, you can listen to a montage of some of
the songs recorded by the various incarnations of the Appalachian
Green Parks Project. If you remember the group, it will bring back
memories. If you are new to the group, it will give you a taste of
what you can expect in concert this week and for a solid week in July
when even more of the original members will be in town to recreate the
music after our 30+ year break. You will currently find some press
clippings from the past and a couple advertising the current event on
our photo page, but these may begin to change rapidly as we post
current day pictures along with those of 30+ years ago.

How can you be a part of all this? I'm glad you asked.

There will be four shows this week:

Thursday, March 29, starting at 6:30 p.m.:

The Gala Season Kickoff - tickets are $20 each, as this is a
fundraiser, and the higher cost includes a reception featuring local
wines and finger foods starting at 6:30 p.m. This gives you a chance
to mingle and talk with members of the troupe as well as OVST Board
Members. Heck, you will even be able to pick up a season subscription
to all the shows going on at OVST this year. Then, the concert begins
at 8:00 p.m.

Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31, 8:00 p.m.: The evening
concert continues into the weekend -- tickets are $10 each.

Sunday, April 1, 3:00 p.m.: Matinee performance, family friendly.
Each $10 ticket entitles the bearer to one free child admission.
There will be puppets and singing games along with some of the pieces
from the evening concerts.

Should you decide you'd like to attend, please let us know via email.
We'll make sure a ticket is awaiting you at ARTS/West. As always, we
want to express our appreciation for your appreciation of the live
performing arts. Whether you are able to join us this weekend or not,
please forward this information along to others that you think might
be interested. The Appalachian Green Parks Project visited many, many
locations in Southeastern Ohio and throughout the state during our
country's Bicentennial, and those who saw the group then may want to
have this opportunity to see it again. We have heard from several
folks already who remember bringing their children to a show in the
1970's! We hope we'll meet those children and their children this
time around.

Looking forward to seeing you -

Charlie & Celia

Coming right up . . . - March 12, 2007

In a little over two weeks, the kick-off for the Summer season of the Ohio Valley Summer Theater kicks off with a series of four concerts featuring only the most local of the former members of the Appalachian Green Parks Project at ARTS/West. Mark it on your calendar.

Thursday the 29th is a Gala event and fund raiser. It will no doubt be a fun evening and will include Bill Mullins, Bruce & Gay Dalzell and Charlie & Celia.

If you miss that, catch us either of the next two evenings with some local friends or on Sunday afternoon at 3 for a fun family event.

This will be a good way to get a sneak peek at what will be coming this Summer when past members will be arriving from all over the country to re-create the magic of those 70's Summers.

I'll let you know details as they become more clear in the next week or so.


. . . the saga continues . . . - February 25, 2007

If you keep checking back here, you will find updates on the impending reunion of the Appalachian Green Parks Project coming this summer to Athens, Ohio. It will be a part of the 2007 Season of the Ohio Valley Summer Theater and will feature appearances by a good many of the original members.

Before that however, there will be a kickoff of the season in a concert at ARTS/West that will feature some of the former members who live more or less locally and a few of our friends. As soon as I have the total line up available, I will post it here with who will be appearing when. So far, I have commitments from Bruce and Gay Dalzell, Bill Mullins and of course Celia and I will be there.

There will be four separate shows and not all members will appear in all four shows, so check in here to see who will appear on which dates.

I do know the Thursday evening concert will be a fund raiser/gala opening of the season and that both Friday and Saturday will be aimed at those folks who want to go out for to see and evening concert while the Sunday afternoon show will be family oriented.

With any luck, there will be a number of special guests who touched or were touched by the Green Parks Project also making appearances and perhaps contributing a bit to the festivities.

The OVST Board members will be present and subscriptions for the season will be available for the entire season which will include the summer Green Parks shows plus productions of Wait Until Dark and the 50th anniversary special production of the Music Man.

Oh, and I have changed some of the photos posted of the Green Parks Project . . . check them out.

More to come . . . .


Green Parks Treasures - February 20, 2007

I have been busy contacting as many former members as possible, but have also been collecting memorabilia for the upcoming events. You have seen some of the photos on this website, and you will soon see new ones posted.

I have collected material from various sources and have come up with films, recordings, publicity and a lot of other nifty stuff.

One surprise was the recording we did at Mus-i-Col Studio on May 29 1975 with the group that features an early, unreleased recording of Gypsy Davey with Jim McGaw, Celia and me. There are other good items that will likely be bonus material on the re-release of the album on CD in the next month or so.

I will be converting all the audio and pictures to digital format in the next week or so and hope to have all the film/video transferred to DVD for our own convenience. At this point, I'm not sure any DVD material will be released to the public--that will likely depend on what kind of interest folks may have in such a thing.

I'll be back to post more later . . .


We're Getting Closer - February 7, 2007

At his point in time, I have been able to contact most of the members of the Green Parks Project, but some still elude me. If any of you followed the group and have a lead on how to get in touch with any of them, please let me know.

There is a meeting tonight that includes the discussion of creating a dedicated Green Parks Page for the OVST website. Once that is up and running, I will let you all know and begin focusing a bit more on all things Charlie & Celia on these pages and add a link to the Green Parks page here. I should be able to post a firm schedule for the Green Parks performances within the next couple of Weeks.

I'll write more soon . .


New photos in the gallery - February 5, 2007

I'm still getting a lot of material together, but am sharing some of the photographs here. There is even a new sound clip in the music of an anonymous poem that I set to music and recorded with the group back in the 1970's.

You might want to check back here every few days. I expect the content to begin changing rapidly.

More to come . . .


A Blast From The Past - January 25, 2007

I've spent the last couple of weeks attempting to track down all the former members of the Appalachian Green Parks Project. Some were easy to locate and some are yet to be located. Some have yet to return my calls.

It may be that some will not be located at all, but I intend to keep plugging away at it in hopes that I will be able to locate them.

If any of you know the whereabouts of any of the former members or the organizations that played a role in the success of the Green Parks Project, please drop us a line and let us know.

You can find our e-mail addresses on the Contact Info page.

Check back. One of us will be writing again soon.

Holiday CD - October 20, 2006

We don't write much at this link . . . If you remember (or look just below this post!), last winter we sort of quietly and quickly produced a CD of winter holiday songs by commission. Now it's available at CD Baby, and also directly from us. Sound bytes will be in place before the end of October. Watch for more . . .

How Time Flies - February 4, 2006

It's February already. This is the proverbial "slow" time of the year, but things have started to pop in terms of what's coming up. We now have bookings out as far as November, and more will likely pour in over the next few weeks as people look ahead to the Spring and Summer. Just check out our "Upcoming Events" to see what I mean.

We have a lot of work to do, in addition to preparing for our next CD release(s).

We will keep you posted as things develop more fully and hope to see you if we are performing publicly somewhere near you this year.

New Holiday CD - December 7, 2005

Our first holiday CD is now available. Produced in conjunction with Diagnostic Hybrids, Inc. in Athens, Ohio, we were able to meet a very tight deadline. We chose and arranged the music to represent as many of the different winter holiday season celebrations as we could incorporate. We tapped various cultural musical styles and placed them in more “traditional” holiday songs. Drums and percussion appear where they aren’t usually heard, we played where others might sing and vice versa, and our children made their recording debut with this production.

Music from our home to yours for the winter holidays.

Consider this CD for your collection, and also as a gift for others during this winter holiday. Contact us for more information.

And make this one the Happiest of Holidays.

And the beat goes on - October 13, 2005

This past week has been a lot of fun. The sudden turn of the weather from warm and sunny to cold and drizzly made it a bit more of an inconvenience in trying to keep our fingers warm while playing, but we enjoyed every minute of it.

We appreciate those of you who braved the first day of the cold on Friday to come out and see us at Toscano's. It was good to see you again.

Saturday's Key Event Scholorship Fundraiser in Muskingum County was wonderful. I don't know what the final tally was for the amount raised, but all who participated in the auction and the dinner made a big difference in contribuing to this worthy cause. Our thanks to each and every one of you for making it a success.

Sunday's casual Jam session with Chris Ridgeway and Julia Farver at the Sustainability Festival at the Athens County Fairgrounds was our second time to sit and share music with these folks and was so much fun we decided we'd like to do it again. So, we invited them to join us at O'hooley's on October 22nd for our homecoming show there. If you would like to share in the fun, come on out on the 22nd to O'hooley's and see us.

Tuesday's performance at Uncle Buck's Dance Barn for the Vinton County Convention and Visitor's Bureau Family Night was a surprise evening for us. We met Frogwhomper fans from our dim and distant past and got our first chance to look over and check out Uncle Buck's. We met old friends and made some new ones.

There's still more to come, including the Hometown Showcase edition that Features Forgotten but not gone that is being broadcast this Sunday, October 16th at 10:00 a.m. on am and again at 7:00 p.m. on fm on WAIS/WSEO Radio. If you miss both of those shows on Sunday, you have one more chance to catch it on Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. on am.

If you remember the Frogwhompers and want to re-live some memories, tune in and hear us now. (Don't forget that you can catch Forgotten But Not Gone live and in person at O'hooley's Irish pub on parents weekend-Saturday November 5th.

Busy, busy, busy - October 7, 2005

It seems of late that there is just not enough time to get everything done.

We have a special holiday project that is taking up all our spare time at the moment.

There are tentative performance dates yet to be confirmed before the end of the year, some private parties/events not yet listed on our upcoming events page plus our currently very busy perfomance schedule.

We haven't been listing every performance either of us do on our website, but perhaps we should, just to give you the flavor of how busy we are behind the scenes.

We don't want to neglect this page of news, but that is just what we have done in trying to keep up with all of our current commitments.

It is a very exciting time for us and is just the way we like it. We'll have further, more defined news coming up in the next week.

Stay tuned!

When will you be playing at . . . - September 21, 2005

This is quickly becoming the number one question we are getting now that the website and CD have become a reality. Many of you feel that there is a "perfect" place where we ought to be playing regularly.

When you make these suggestions, we do follow up and attempt to contact and (when possible) meet those who make the hiring decisions for the club, festival or whatever performance venue you have suggested. Yet, in most instances, when you ask about any of these places again, we still don't have an answer. This is due to the fact that we have received no response at all from our inquiry.

The reasons for this are quite simple. Those who wind up in the decision making position are being constantly bombarded with demos, promotional material and phone calls from acts who want to provide the entertainment there. Just wading through the sheer volume of this can be a challenge. Through experience, they have learned that no matter how good a promo piece or how charming the potential musician may be personally, it does not equate to a good show or performance that meets the needs for their particular location. After a while, it gets to be a little like snow blindness and it becomes clear to them that it is less of a risk to go with an act that has come highly recommended to them from a source other than the act itself.

It has occurred to me that perhaps you have been asking the wrong people. Maybe you need to ask those at the club/venue where you want us to play. No amount of self-promotion on our part will necessarily convince anyone who does booking for a venue to hire us. After all, they've heard it all a hundred times before from a hundred other acts who also would like to play there.

In our experience, when someone finally has taken a look at us, it has turned out to be for one of two reasons: either because the person who does the bookings stumbled across us at another venue and 'discovered' us on his/her own, or because a patron of the establishment has recommended us to the person in charge of bookings. That patron could be you.

The fact is that they are running a business. That we would like to play there is not as important to them as it is that you, the potential audience, indicate that you would like to see us play there.

Don't stop asking us, and we promise not to stop submitting ourselves to the club/event(s) you recommend. But if you really want to see us play at your favorite place, a little reinforcement from you could make all the difference in the world as to whether we will even be considered for it.

"Snapshot" now available from other sources. - August 27, 2005

As of today, anyone anywhere can pick up a copy of our CD, "Snapshot" online at CD Baby. Take a look at the "Buy" section of our site to purchase one or to listen to some sound clips before you buy. This is a great site, and the folks at CD Baby have treated us just like family. In fact, it is through them that we were able to get this entire website up and running. Check them out!

What's that? You don't want to order and wait or try to find where we are performing next to get your hands on a copy of our CD?

There is an alternative. Stop by any of these local merchants/organizations and pick up a copy today!

Athens County Historical Society and Museum
65 North Court Street
Athens, Ohio

Big Chimney Baking Co.
8776 Mine Run Road
Athens, Ohio

Blue Eagle Music
40 North Court Street
Athens, Ohio

The Dairy Barn Inc - Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center
8000 Dairy Lane Road
Athens, Ohio

Haffa's Records
15 West Union Street
Athens, Ohio

Themes Gift and Gourmet Store
8 Pomeroy Road
Athens, Ohio

Don't Forget To Tune In . . . - August 26, 2005

We're on the radio twice this Sunday. It's the live show we originally recorded to promote the CD release party at Toscano's. Now that the CD has been out for a week, sold out once and replenished, the show is finally going to air. See our upcoming events to get all the details.

We just had a wonderful time at Toscano's this evening with a wonderful crowd who couldn't have been more appreciative. Now it's time to get some rest. We have a short break, but it all begins again in a couple of weeks.
Good night!
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