LaClaires cap Community Coffee House series

Sep 15, 2017
The LaClaires

Camden — Camden Community Coffee House concludes its series of Coffee House Concerts with The LaClaires, performing Friday night, Sept. 22, at Chestnut Street Baptist Church, 29 Chestnut St.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The Coffee House has an open mic hour from 6 to 7 p.m.; sign-up to perform is required from 5:30 to 6 p.m. or by calling 542-0360 within the 24 hours before doors open. Music, poetry and more are welcomed.

Phil and Ellen LaClaire have a passion for acoustic roots, bluegrass, folk and gospel music. They both grew up singing in church and come from extended families that spent many evenings playing traditional ballads, gospel and old-time country music together. When they married in 1972, they combined their musical interests and formed The LaClaire Family Band in 1988. This band originally included daughters Jessica and Sarah, mom Beverly LaClaire and Uncle Al Williams.

Phil is an accomplished musician, vocally and on the guitar and banjo. Ellen supports with vocal leads, harmonies and the upright bass. They are joined by Dave Knightly, who plays mandolin and fiddle and offers vocal leads/harmonies and some humor to keep things interesting. Jeanine Loubier adds her considerable skills on mandolin, banjo and fiddle, as well as vocal harmonies.

The LaClaires are known for their soothing musical style and comfortable presence. They have produced 12 CD recording projects and perform often at churches, festivals, homecomings, weddings, fairs and more.

The evening is free, including specialty coffee drinks, sodas and appetizer-type foods. Donations will be accepted for the LaClaires’ ministry.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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