Monday, March 12, 2007

MRF: Black History Month Coffeehouse

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Buffalo Solider Song -- Go Down Moses

Clifton Fifer – Buffalo Soldier Song



Performed by Clifton Fifer at the Texas Heritage Music Foundation/Schreiner University Coffeehouse Series at Schreiner U’s Cailloux Student Center, February 2007, in celebration of Black History Month.

Clifton is a two-time Texas State Teacher of the Year as a social studies and history teacher at Peterson Middle School. He is also an actor and musician, having won Earnest T. Player Awards for his roles in Driving Miss Daisy, Big River, Lilies of the Field and To Kill a Mockingbird.

He travels the state doing living history shows on African-Americans and Native Americans in Texas, combining these into his stories of Buffalo Soldiers in the West. Clifton is a presenter for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Buffalo Soldier program, and also does shows on the evolution of native American music styles with Tony Gallucci.

Miss Nash – Go Down Moses



Performed by Miss Nash at the Texas Heritage Music Foundation/Schreiner University Coffeehouse Series at Schreiner U’s Cailloux Student Center, February 2007, in celebration of Black History Month.

Miss Nash was born and raised in Kerrville, in what is now known as The Settlement. She enjoyed a long career as a singer, at one time performing with the San Francisco Opera. She resides again in Kerrville, and at 89 years old still packs a powerful voice. She was enticed to perform for the celebration for Black History Month at Schreiner University.

The Coffeehouse is put on monthly by Dr. Kathleen Hudson, executive director of the Texas Heritage Music Foundation of Kerrville, Texas, and is hosted by student Prairie Flower. In addition to Clifton and Miss Nash , other performers for February included, Conan, Lorraine Lemon, Jessica Lott, and the Greg Griffin Blues Band.

Check out the Texas Heritage Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the great variety of Texas music, and encouraging education and scholarship. In addition to the Coffeehouse Series, the foundation puts on an annual Texas Living History Day, celebrates the birthday of the Father of Country Music, Jimmie Rodgers, and provides a scholarship for a promising student musician to attend college.

http://www.texasheritagemusic.org/

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