Concert to Benefit Congo Women Arise

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NASHVILLE, TENN, September 2018 – The 4th Story Theater at West End United Methodist Church will present nine talented recording artists on Friday, September 14 at 7:00 pm in a concert tobenefit Congo Women Arise.

Performers will be Mary Gauthier, Jamee Harris and Eliza Gilkyson in the round; The Orphan Brigade, Claudia Nygaard, and Wild Ponies. The Associated Press named Mary Gauthier as one of the best songwriters of her generation.

Her songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, including Jimmy Buffett, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Bettye Lavette, Mike Farris, Amy Helm and Candi Staton, and have appeared extensively in Film and Television. She tours the world constantly. Her 9th record (2018) Rifles & Rosary Beads was nominated by the AMA for record of the year.

Jaimee Harris is poised to become the next queen of Americana-Folk, a slightly edgier Emmylou Harris for the younger generation. Harris writes about the basic human experience in a way that is simple, poetic, and often painfully relatable. Harris’s talent has impressed artists and critics alike. Jimmy LaFave deemed her his “new favorite” and Peter Blackstock of the Austin-American Statesman called her “one of Austin’s most promising young singer-songwriters.”.

Eliza Gilkyson is a 2-time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and activist who has become one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles. She has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Staqe, etown, Sirius/XM, Air American Radio and has toured worldwide as a solo artist and in support of Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Dan Fogelberg.

The Orphan Brigade is a community of artists and musicians based in Nashville.  It was founded by the three songwriters of the group, Ben Glover, Neilson Hubbard and Joshua Britt.  The group’s first album ‘Soundtrack To A Ghost Story was written, recorded and filmed in the haunted, antebellum Octagon Hall in Franklin, Kentucky (2015).  Their most recent album ‘Heart Of The Cave’ (2017) was written recorded  in 2500-year-old  caves in the Italian city of Osimo.

With a voice as warm and smooth as amber honey and impressive for both its power and intimacy, Claudia Nygaard delivers songs that are heartfelt, humorous, scrappy, and sensual.

And so are the stories in between them. She is a captivating storyteller, with a twinkle in her eye that makes everyone in the audience think she is sharing a secret with them alone. Emotionally fearless, she shares her deepest sorrows with a rare vulnerability and tenderness one moment, then a quick wit and an outlandish, irreverent sense of humor the next.

Although Wild Ponies are based in Nashville, Wild Ponies have always looked to Southwest Virginia. There, in mountain towns like Galax, old-time American music continues to thrive, supported by a community of fiddlers, flat-pickers, and fans. Wild Ponies pay tribute to that powerful music and rugged landscape with 2017’s Galax, a stripped-back album that nods to the band’s history while still pushing forward. “We’ll always be the pinball that bounces between folk, rock & roll and country,” says Telisha, “and this Old-Time style will always weave its way through everything we do.”

Congo Women Arise is a ministry of the United Methodist Church and provides care to survivors of sexual violence in East Congo. It is committed to establishing the Mama Lynn Center in order to combat stigma, connect survivors to quality health services, provide counseling, supply transitional housing, and offer income-generating classes.

The concert is free and donations are appreciated.

West End United Methodist Church is located at 2200 West End Avenue across from Vanderbilt University.  For more on the 4th Story Theater please visit