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The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
A Community Of Faith For Tequesta, Jupiter and Hobe Sound Florida
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Joined us on April 30th 2012
The Rowan Cunningham Band

The Rowan Cunningham Band, featuring the Rowan Brothers –
Chris and Lorin – and Sue Cunningham is creating quite a stir in
both the Americana and Bluegrass music scenes. The acoustic trio,
working with guitars, mandolin and fiddle, is a musical tour de force
with outstanding three-part harmony on original tunes that appeal to
a broad audience.

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Sue Cunningham
Sue was raised in a musical family and has been involved with music since she
was five years old. She is also a practicing engineer and holds a Ph.D. in
Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.  Through her
performances and recordings with the international touring band Hickory Project,
Rowan Cunningham Band and others, combined with her unique education in
classical music, Sue has gained national recognition as a fiddler and fiddle
instructor. Sue has performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, RockyGrass,
Magnolia Festival, Suwannee Springfest, Walnut Valley Festival (Winfield, KS),
Winterhawk, Augusta Heritage (Bluegrass Week), in addition to many other
festivals and important venues across the country. Sue also plays with and
collaborates with Verlon Thomson and performed with Vassar Clements, their
twin fiddles delighted audiences at festivals, concerts, and workshops around
the country.
The Harris Brothers
The Harris Brothers are what you might call songsters. They can draw from a vast
repertoire of American traditional music - "Americana" is often used to describe their
style, but the Harris Brothers just call it music. Their sound is heavily influenced by
traditional blues and Appalachian mountain music, jazz, country, and rock n' roll. No
matter what the Harris Brothers play, be it originals or old favorites, they have a special
way of making the music their own; it's stripped down, intense, and real, with no
gimmicks. With their good showmanship, diverse repertoire, and ability to improvise, no
two shows are ever the same. And, with their hearts truly in the music, the Harris Brothers
are sure to captivate any audience.
Doug Spears
With sand in his boots and orange blossom honey in his throat Doug Spears’ fourth
generation native Florida roots flow through his music revealing the history, values and
perspectives that define him. The finest blend of storyteller and musician, Doug’s
songs reach out like long forgotten picture postcards discovered on a rainy afternoon,
subtly and artfully telling universal stories of complex characters in often difficult
circumstances that go straight to the heart of audiences of all ages and don’t let up,
from start to finish. A seasoned performer and touring troubadour, Spears has invested
more than 30 years developing his distinctive craft and with each song bite, the rich
flavors penetrate the listening palate. Often drawing comparisons to some of the best
known and well established artists of the genre Doug has carved a special niche for
himself in folk and Americana music.
Joined us on January 13th 2013
The Rowan Cunningham Band

The Rowan Cunningham Band, featuring the Rowan Brothers –
Chris and Lorin – and Sue Cunningham is creating quite a stir in
both the Americana and Bluegrass music scenes. The acoustic trio,
working with guitars, mandolin and fiddle, is a musical tour de force
with outstanding three-part harmony on original tunes that appeal to
a broad audience.

Visit their webpage
Past Showcase Performers
Joined us on November 4th 2012
Jim Hurst

“Jim Hurst has no problem being a one-man band. In my opinion, he’s
one of the best ever. He doesn’t rely on gimmicks or tricks, just good
old solid pickin’, heart-felt singin’ and wonderfully tasteful
arrangements of engaging songs that you probably haven’t heard
before… As a member of my FolkJazz Trio he provides everything this
mandolin player needs from a guitarist and singer — whether soloing
or accompanying”. -- David “Dawg” Grisman, June 4, 2014

To listen to Jim Hurst is to be amazed by his tasteful and flawless
performances. Perfect timing, tone and his unusual picking style has
enchanted guitar players from the novice to his peers. His eclectic
career has made him a remarkable performer, an experienced
instructor and a highly sought after session musician.


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Joined us on November 1st 2015
Three time Florida Fiddle Champion Sue Cunningham who lived in Jupiter, passed away on
September 3rd after a lengthy illness. Sue was instrumental in getting the Showcase Series at
Good Shepherd started and she performed twice previously with her former band the Rowan
Cunningham Band and one other time with her friends The Harris Brothers from North Carolina.
The Scholarship will be awarded annually to an outstanding young violinist in an effort to help them
further their musical training. This scholarship honors Sue in a beautiful way as she loved nothing
more than sharing her musical talent and teaching young people.

Verlon Thompson has been a close friend and musical collaborator with Sue for many years and we
are very excited to have him back and performing in Sue's honor. Most recently Verlon and Sue
were performing their Civil War 'operetta', Find Your Angel: Verlon Thompson and Sue
Cunningham, to audiences all around the country.

Verlon has been a professional songwriter and a traveling musician for over 30 years, both as a
solo performer, and performing partner and co-writer with Texas American songwriting icon Guy
Clark. His compositions have been recorded by Jimmy Buffett, Alan Jackson, Anne Murray, The
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Trisha Yearwood,
Brooks and Dunn, Dierks Bentley and many more. Equally important in his songwriting and live
performances, Verlon’s guitar proficiency has not gone unnoticed – his guitar can be heard on
recordings by Restless Heart, Pam Tillis, and many more, including and especially Guy Clark.

Verlon, the quintessential troubadour, peerless guitar player and songwriter welcomes you into his
"living room" for an unparalleled evening of music, stories and song!

http://verlonthompson.com/

Contributions may be made anytime to the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation, where the Sue
Cunningham Memorial Music Scholarship has been established. Donations may be made online at
soafi.org/donate or mailed to the School of the Arts Foundation, PO Box 552, West Palm Beach, Fl
33402. If donating by check, please designate to the "Sue Cunningham Scholarship".

All money raised by the Church of the Good Shepherd through your generous donations went to
the Sue Cunningham Music Scholarship Fund at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm
Beach.
Verlon Thompson

The Coffee House Showcase Concert Series hosted the
concert with Grammy nominated songwriter Verlon
Thompson to benefit The Sue Cunningham Memorial
Music Scholarship Fund at The Dreyfoos School of the
Arts in West Palm Beach.
Joined us on January 31st 2016