Boys in Hats (!) coming to The Congregational Church of Plainville, UCC on December 14th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Benefit Fund-raiser for the humanitarian efforts in the Philippines and for the rAise the roof effort for the local church.
The Rev. Eric Anderson, Minister of Communications and Technology for the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ, and the Rev. Paul Bryant-Smith, Chaplain at St. John’s Riverside Hospital – Andrus Pavilion, have been a musical duo since September of 1996.
Here is what they say about themselves: Some traditional tunes, some new favorites, some original songs, two questionable senses of humor, banjos and guitars, and two guys with facial hair: it’s Boys in Hats. Eric Anderson and Paul Bryant-Smith bring their voices, instruments, and (of course) hats to perform traditional folk, contemporary acoustic and original songs in the northeast.
Don’t worry. Paul Bryant-Smith is fully committed to his work as an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. If he had to choose another career, however, he’d be hard pressed to decide between being a full-time crewmember of the Freedom Schooner Amistad or just goofing off and making music with friends. He plays six-string guitar, open-back banjo, fretless gourd banjo, pennywhistle, and a variety of other instruments too obscure to mention in polite company. His musical tastes include traditional folk music, old-time string bands, bluegrass, sea chanteys, and modern acoustic music. Paul is married to Kimberly and they have a teenage son, Ian, who is way too cool to sing with the band but serves as roadie and sound tech.
Eric Anderson is an ordained minister who was actually raised and ordained in the United Church of Christ, in which he continues to serve. He plays guitar. He is a fan of the sixties folk revival and of contemporary acoustic music, and has written a few songs which, so far, have earned him neither a great deal of money nor a great deal of embarrassment. Eric has two children, Brendan and Rebekah.
Eric and Paul will be offering a benefit concert at The Congregational Church of Plainville, UCC on December 21st at 7:00 p.m. Proceeds from the concert will go to humanitarian aid directly for the Philippines, and to help in on-going fund-raising efforts at The Congregational Church of Plainville, UCC as they continue to rebuild in the wake of the collapse of a portion of their roof.