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Folksinger and autoharp virtuoso visits Seaside Library

At Jan. 25 event, Adam Miller tells story of westward migration

Published on January 18, 2018 8:28AM

Adam Miller, a folksinger, storyteller and autoharpist

Courtesy Seaside Public Library

Adam Miller, a folksinger, storyteller and autoharpist

SEASIDE — Friends of the Seaside Library will welcome folksinger, storyteller and autoharp virtuoso Adam Miller 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25. The concert will take place in the Community Room.

In the program “Going to the West,” Miller will tell the story of westward migration, the Oregon Trail, pioneers, Native Americans and the opening of the American West. Miller will chronicle our country’s westward expansion through song and the spoken word, and the audience is encouraged to sing along to American classics.

Miller is among the world’s premier autoharpists. An accomplished folklorist, historian, musicologist and song collector, he has amassed a repertoire of more than 5,000 songs. Miller accompanies his baritone voice with lively acoustic guitar and autoharp melodies. His time-honored traditional folk songs and ballads will have everyone singing along, interweaving stories that evoke a bygone time when entertainment was homemade.

Traveling 70,000 miles each year, this 21st-century troubadour has performed from the Everglades to the Arctic Circle. Using the experiences of the road, Miller points out connections between events in history and the songs that survived them. And, like radio’s Paul Harvey, he manages to give you “the rest of the story” about some of our nation’s richest musical treasures.

Miller has performed at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival, the Tumbleweed Music Festival and the Kentucky Music Weekend. When he is not on the road, Miller calls Drain, Oregon, home.

The Seaside Public Library is located at 1131 Broadway St. For more information, call 503-738-6742 or visit seasidelibrary.org.


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