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Fayssoux McLean
Fayssoux McLean
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UNION — A special trio of musicians will unite to perform at this year’s Upcountry Literary Festival.

Hosted by USC Union, the Fourth Annual Upcountry Literary Festival will be held on Friday, March 21, and Saturday, March 22. The two day event will showcase a number of nationally and regionally renowned authors, poets, and musical artists as part of a free public event.

The theme of this year’s festival is centered around Southern culture and cooking. Daily events will include cooking presentations, poetry, music, and presentations from authors.

On Friday, March 21, a musical trio consisting of Freddie Vanderford, Fayssoux McLean and David Ezell will take the stage together from 4-5 p.m.

Piedmont Blues harpist Vanderford, a local favorite, is well-known for his love of blues and his famous harmonica. Starting in his teenage years, Vanderford befriended Piedmont Blues harpist “Peg Leg” Sam Jackson and was captivated by the unique sound of Piedmont Blues. “Peg Leg” taught Vanderford the harmonica licks that formed the foundation of Piedmont Blues after realizing the young teen’s talent. Vanderford continues the tradition and passes on the knowledge that he was taught. In May, 2010 he was awarded the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award for maintaining and sharing the tradition of the Piedmont Blues harp.

McLean will surely hypnotize the audience with her captivating voice. She is an essential component on Emmylou Harris’ album, “Luxury Liner,” and duets with Emmylou on “Spanish is a Loving Tongue” and “Green Rolling Hills.” Fayssoux’s genres are traditional folk songs, old-time gospel and contemporary country-rock.

Also on stage with Vanderford and Fayssoux is Ezell, a native of Upstate South Carolina. He has been compared to artists like Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello and has a soulful voice and sophisticated guitar playing.

This special musical trio is surely one not to be missed!

In addition to the musicians, the festival is also featuring an assortment of authors, poets, and historians. The event is free to everyone and will be held in the auditorium at USC Union.

A full schedule and participant list can be found on USC Union’s website:

For more information, please call Randy Ivey or Bill Moore at (864) 429-USCU.

You can also follow the festival on our Facebook page:

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