From our promo for this concert:
Saturday night’s singer-songwriter showcase features two old friends, Mike Hamer and Tommy G, who met nearly 30 years ago playing music in Greenville. Hamer and Gillsepie were original members of the Tommy G Experience, the rock and roll band that was formed in 1979 as a vehicle for Gillespie’s original songs.
Hamer and Gillespie were, in the late 1970s, at the forefront of the live music scene in Greenville. Gillespie had moved there to attend ECU, and Hamer as a VISTA volunteer.
The Tommy G Experience featured Gillespie on guitar and vocals, Hamer on bass and vocals, Louis Cherry on guitar, Amy Hazzard on flute and saxophone, Vinnie Brooks on drums and vocals, and Granville “Wizard” Spry on mandolin, banjo, and guitar.
Hamer went on to form the Lemon Sisters and Rutabaga Brothers in the early 1980s, with Hazzard and Sue Luddeke, among others.
Luddeke will join Hamer on vocals for this concert, and Nathan Maxwell will be featured on viola on several numbers. Hamer plays hammered dulcimer and harmonica.
Tommy G, who lives in Carrboro, will be accompanied in his set by Spry, a native of Salisbury who also first moved to Greenville to study music at ECU. He is currently stage manager for the NC Symphony.
Tags: acoustic Carolina, alt country, Concert, country, folk, original