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Past Performances by Lee and Friends

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July 16:  Lee provided music for an afternoon party at the Memphis Jewish Home, 36 Bazeberry.

June 15:  Betty and Lee presented a concert for Germantown Baptist Church.  We saw many old friends and made some new ones while we were there.  Many thanks to Gerald and Mary Henson for their unceasing support.

May 23:  Lee and Betty hosted an open performance/jam at Shelby Forest General Store off North Watkins at the entrance to the park starting at noon.  We do this at least once a year when we can all get together for barbeque and music on the porch of the store.  The crowd was terrific, and we had a great time making music in a beautiful area.

March 17:  Lee presented a Celtic and St. Patrick's Day program at Cherokee Baptist Church, 5340 Quince Road.


December 14 (Sunday):  Lee provided holiday music for the annual Holiday Open House at Davies Plantation log cabin.

November 30 (Sunday):  Lee and Betty provided special service music for an Avent service at Lindenwood Christian Church, 2400 Union Avenue.

November 20 (Thursday):  Lee entertained the seniors group at Ridgeway Baptist Church, 2500 Ridgeway Road.

November 18 (Tuesday):  Lee presented a music program for the residents of Town Village, 950 Cherry Road.

November 1 (Saturday):  Lee provided a Christmas concert at 1:00 p.m. for the Holiday Open House at Farmer's Hardware located on the square in Somerville.

October 31:  Lee performed during the annual Quilt Show at the barn at Davies Plantation in Bartlett.

October 26 (Sunday) -- Lee and Betty performed for the Concert Series at Second Baptist Church.

October 24:  Lee and Betty opened the Church Health Center Retreat at Heartsong Church on Houston Levee.

October 18:  Lee and Betty played an open jam at the Shelby Forest General Store.  They were joined by Gerald, Kevan, Nancy, Josh and Danny for music fun and BBQ.

September 26 & 27 -- Lee taught and performed at The Memphis Dulcimer Gathering & Folk Festival.

September 20 (Saturday):  Butterfly Gap (Lee Cagle on mountain dulcimer and Betty Dawson on hammered dulcimer) played from 3-5 p.m. for Germantown Heritage Day sponsored by the Germantown Historic Commission.  Events for the day took place at the cabin in the park beside GPAC.

September 10, Wednesday -- Lee presented a concert for Trezevant Manor on Highland at 7:00 p.m.

September 2, 2:00 p.m. (Tuesday) --  Lee performed in Wing D of the Agricenter, 7777 Walnut Grove Road, as part of the 2008 Delta Fair.

August 21 (Thursday) -- Lee and Betty presented a lunch-time concert for the seniors group at Audubon Baptist Church.

August 22 (Friday):  Butterfly Gap (Lee on mountain dulcimer and Betty Dawson on hammered dulcimer) returned to Square Beans Coffee shop located on the west side of the Square in Collierville, nextdoor to Hewlett & Dunn.

July 15 (Tuesday) -- Lee presented a free concert and program at the Somerville-Fayette County Library, 216 West Market Street, Somerville.

July 7-11 -- Mountain Dulcimer Summer Camp, Harding Cordova.  The 2008 camp at Harding was great fun.  If you missed it this year, watch for information on the 2009 camp.  See pictures and read more.....

June 28 (Saturday):  I lead mountain dulcimer workshops and performed at The Pickin' Porch at Wood-n-Strings Dulcimer Shop in Townsend, TN, the peaceful side of the Smokies.  Workshops topics were Introduction to Fingerpicking and Making Music Work for You (an introduction to music theory as applied to mountain dulcimer).

Chattanooga Dulcimer Festival, June 20-22:  I lead mountain dulcimer workshops and performed for the Satruday night concert during this Festival hosted by Dulcimer Player News, EverythingDulcimer.com, and the City of Chattanooga.  For more information, CLICK HERE.

Saturday, May 17:  Lee and Betty (Butterfly Gap) performed at Square Beans Coffee Company, 103 Center Street, Collierville.  Many thanks to the friends who joined us for java and music!

Sunday, May 4:  Lee and Betty Dawson performed an informal concert/open jam at the Shelby Forest General Store.  We were joined by several area players and had a great time playing music and eating barbeque on the porch.

Saturday, April 19:  Lee performed at The Wren's Nest, on Union Street in the historic Bills-McNeals district of Bolivar, TN, as part of the Hardeman County APTA home tour.

Friday, April 18:  Lee will presented a concert and educational program at the Commission on Aging in Somerville, 138 W. Market Street.  

March 27 (Thursday):  Lee presented a lunchtime concert for the residents of Wesley Highland Towers, 400 South Highland.
March 3 (Tuesday):  Lee performed for the residents of Foxbridge Retirement Center, 2180 Mangum Road, Bartlett.


December 17:  Lee performed a holiday concert for the residents of Town Village at Audubon Park as part of their Christmas Tea and celebration.

December 16:  Lee performed at Davies Manor, the historic log cabin in Bartlett and one of the oldest residences in Shelby County, during their Holiday Open House.

December 14:  Lee and Betty presented holiday music for the Colonial Baptist Church Choir Christmas dinner.
December 11:  Lee and Betty presented a holiday program at Lindenwood Christian Church for the Women's Fellowship group.

December 10:  Lee provided holiday music for the residents of Foxbridge residential community.

October 27:  Lee and Betty performed at Shelby Forest General Store for a combined performance and informal jam with community musicians on the porch.

October 25:  Lee presented a music program for the seniors luncheon at Ridgeway Baptist Church.

September 28 & 29:  Lee presented workshops and performed during the Saturday night concert along with Betty Dawson at The Memphis Dulcimer Gathering & Folk Festival.  For more information about events during the Gathering, click here.

September 25 (Tuesday):  Lee appearred, along with Clay Levit of Fiddler's Green Music Shop, on WKNO's Checking on the Arts to promote The Memphis Dulcimer Gathering & Folk Festival.

September 21, 22, 23 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday):  Lee performed at the Fair Theater Community Playhouse in Somerville in their production of Hee Haw.

September 4 (Tuesday):  Lee presented a program on the mountain dulcimer for Cherry Road Baptist Church.

August 31 (Friday):  Lee performed for the residents of Wesley Highland Manor at 1:00 p.m.

August 23 (Thursday):  Lee presented a program for residents at Kirby Pines during their Farmer's Market.

June 23:  Lee performed in concert at The Pickin' Porch, 7645 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Townsend, Tennessee.  The Pickin' Porch is run by Mike and Connie Clemmer.  Mike builds a full line of mountain dulcimers and ban-jammers, and also carries other folk instruments, books and recordings.  You can see their dulcimers and other crafts and products at www.clemmerdulcimer.com.

May 19:  Lee provided instrumental selections for the Spring Gala, a fundraising event of The Sycamore Arts Council in Senatobia, MS.

April 25 (Wednesday):  Lee and Betty Dawson provided a musical liturgy as part of a special evening service entitled "The Music of Prayer"at Lindenwood Christian Church, 2400 Union Avenue.  The service included a candlelight labyrinth walk.

April 12 (Thursday), 7:00 p.m.:  Lee and Betty Dawson provided a musical program for Colonial Baptist Church, 1503 Colonial Road.  The members of the church were so gracious and some of the best cooks in the world prepared a potluck supper that will long be remembered! 

Friday, April 6, 2007 -- Fiddler's Green Music Shop, 5101 Sanderlin, celebrated Dulcimer Day.  Betty Dawson, hammered dulcimer, and Lee Cagle, mountain dulcimer, presented the history of the instruments, showed how to get started, talked about maintenance of your instruments, what to look for in shopping for a mountain or hammered dulcimer, and answered questions.  Then, we held an open jam session.  Several people stopped by to have fun with us.  The shop was overflowing with music and fun with dulcimers, guitars, and upright bass!  Thanks to all who supported this fun event.

March 26 (Monday):  Lee presented an educational program for grades K-3 at Coldwater Elementary School in Coldwater, MS.  This program was sponsored by the Sycamore Art Council which provides arts education for schools in Tate County.

March 24:  Lee provided music for a reception held in honor of Craig McKee, President of the National Cathedral Association at St. John's Episcopal Church.
March 8:  Lee provided a music program as part of the Bartlett Business Expo at The Bartlett Rec Center on Appling Road. 

January 18:  Lee performed for the January birthday party for the residents at Memphis Jewish Home.

January 13:  Lee performed as part of the instructor concert for the sixth The January Mountain Dulcimer Gathering.  What a wonderful weekend of music and fellowship.  Many thanks to all who participated in and supported the event.


December 5:  Betty and Lee provided music for the Hospice Memorial Service at St. John's United Methodist Church.

November 19:  The CD Release party featuring a concert by Lee Cagle, Betty Dawson, Steve Newman and John Albertson was held at Calvary Episcopal Church.  A reception hosted by The Episcopal Church Women followed.  We all had a fabulous time.  Many thanks to the friends and family who came to support us.

November 18:  Lee and Betty presented a music program during dinner at Town Village at Audubon Park, 950 Cherry Road.

November 18:  Lee and Betty performed at Cokesbury Books, 6150 Poplar Avenue, for their Christmas Open House and to promote The Water is Wide CD.

November 2:  Lee and Betty played for the Regional Clergy Conference at The Hope and Healing Center, 1111 Union Avenue.
October 26:  Lee provided meditational selections for the Thursday Healing Service at Calvary Episcopal Church at noon.
October 19:  Lee and Betty played arrangements from their new CD and other music for the Legacy Donors Luncheon at The Hope and Healing Center, 1111 Union Avenue.
October 7:  Lee and Betty performed at the Memphis Farmers Market at Union Station, downtown, as part of their art exhibition.

August 30:  Lee performed for the residents of Belmont Village.  We had great time visiting and singing.
August 20:  Lee and Betty Dawson presented music from their new CD and other arrangements for the Calvary Episcopal Church Festival of Ministries.  The Church Health Center won the blue ribbon for their musical booth.

July 11:  Lee presented a mini-workshop on the mountain dulcimer for the children's choir of Calvary Episcopal Church during their summer camp.  What a super group of kids, and what a great job Miss Becca did planning the whole week.  For video of this fun event, click the links below.

Children's Choir Video #1

Children's Choir Video #2

May 11:  Lee performed as part of the entertainment provided by Creative Aging (www.creativeagingmidsouth.org) for the Senior Expo at The Memphis Botanic Gardens.  Thanks to Creative Aging and The Memphis and Shelby County Council on Aging.  Special thanks to Richard and Jim for being my "fan club" and staying for the whole show.
May 2 and May 9:  Lee and Betty Dawson provided meditational, Celtic and traditional music for luncheons honoring benefactors of The Church Health Center.  Thanks to the many friends who stopped by, and also to the many donors who keep the valuable services of The Church Health Center available to those in the Memphis community who need it.

May 25:  Lee provided an encore performance for the residents of The Pointe at Kirby Gate.  What a fun group!  Lots of singing and visiting. 
May 16:  Lee provided a music program for the residents of Memphis Jewish Home on Bazeberry in honor of residents' May birthdays.  The residents and their families were a real treat.

July 15:  Lee and Betty presented a stage performance for the new Farmers' Market downtown at Central Station.  The new market is a great place to be on a Saturday morning.  We were happy to see many friends enjoying the selection of vegetables, flowers, and crafts.  We encourage everyone to support this new venture to help create a more healthy Memphis.   www.memphisfarmersmarket.com
July 15:  Lee gave an afternoon performance for the Ave Maria home in Bartlett.  The residents were a fun group.  The setting provided a great opportunity to visit, sing together, and talk about music and the history of the dulcimer.

April 22:  Lee played for the Calvary Episcopal Church Altar Guild Tea at Midtown Galleries.  What a beautiful shop owned and operated by David Stearns!  The art and furnishings are fabulous.  Everyone should visit this warm and unique shop.  Many thanks to David for sharing his space with us.
April 18:  Lee presented a day of performances for K-8 graders in Tate County, MS.  Thanks to The Sycamore Arts Council for their work in providing arts education to the schools in Tate County.
April 12:  Lee provided meditative music for the monthly meeting of Daughters of the King at Calvary Episcopal Church.
April 4:  Lee provided a concert for The Point at Kirby Gate.  Although the residents enjoyed the hymns that were played, their favorites were what they called the "toe-tapping tunes."  What a fun group!

March 30:  Lee played for the residents of Franklin Park Retirement Residence at 3:30 p.m.  It was fun to visit with residents.  Residents sang along hymns and reminisced about The Carter Family.  Thanks to Creative Aging Midsouth (www.creativeagingmidsouth.org) and Serena for their hard work with retirees.
March 26:  Carla Maxwell and Lee spent the afternoon at the Exhibit Building for "Once Upon a Farm" at The Memphis Zoo.  It was a beautiful afternoon -- cold, but never too cold for dulcimer music!  Thanks to Donna and so many others who stopped to visit and listen.  The children loved dancing to the music and taking a turn at playing on the dulcimer.
March 24:  Lee provided the music for the installation dinner for Jay E. Brown, the new president of Memphis Theological Seminary.  The dinner was held at Lindenwood Christian Church, a beautiful setting.  Susan did a marvelous job of arranging and decorating, and Mike made sure that all of the technical details were in place.  Many thanks to that wonderful group at MTS!

March 16:  Carla and Lee performed for a meeting of Executive Women International at Chickasaw Country Club.
March 9:  Betty Dawson (hammered dulcimer) and Lee played for the Vespers Service at Kirby Pines.  The residents were so gracious, and Betty (who is also an ordained minister) gave one of the best sermons Lee had ever heard.  Lee was able to spend time re-connecting with a friend from church who now lives at Kirby Pines.  A beautiful service and an uplifting evening.
February 25:  Lee performed on mountain dulcimer for the Grand Opening of Fiddler's Green Music Shop, 5101 Sanderlin Avenue, Memphis.  What a great day for fun, friends, music and dance!  Thanks to all who came by to celebrate the opening of Memphis' only all acoustic music store.  If you missed the Grand Opening, stop by anytime to say 'hello' to Clay and Paul and look at the great selection of instruments and accessories.
January 8:  Betty Dawson (hammered dulcimer) and Lee provided the prelude during the Sunday evening healing service at Lindenwood Christian Church at the corner of Union and East Parkway.
Past performances 2005:
In October and November, Lee presented several performances for schools in Shelby County and Tate County, MS.  This is something that she really enjoys doing.  The children are always so interested, interesting and joyful.
Throughout November Lee presented 24 shows over 4 days to elementary and middle school classes in Tate County, MS.  Whew!  Thanks to The Sycamore Arts Council for supporting mountain dulcimer!
During the fall, Carla Maxwell and Lee had the pleasure of playing for the Germanown Heritage Fesitval, prior to Pops in the Park, and then for Covington Heritage Festival.  We also performed during the Fall Festival for the Memphis Zoo.
In October, Lee performed for music classes at a school for special needs children in southeast Shelby County.  It was a tremendous experience.  The kids were fabulous.  We all had a great time.  Thanks to Miss Nancy for taking such an interest in her students.
On November 29, Lee presented a program to a home school group in Bartlett.
December 2:  Carla and Lee played for the Christmas Talent Show at Woodland Hills Church of Christ.
December 8:  Carla and Lee presented seasonal music for the "39ers" lunch group at Millington Church of Christ.
December 11:  Lee performed for the Sycamore Arts Council Christmas Open House, Senatobia Middle School, Senatobia, MS.

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