library-awake-my-soulVisitors to the Smithsonian exhibit, New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music at the Beaufort Branch Library, agree that it is an unforgettable, toe-tapping musical experience!   Be sure to experience this one of a kind exhibit during its stay at the Beaufort Branch Library (311 Scott Street). The exhibit will be on view during hours of operation until Saturday, February 4th.


In addition to being the temporary home for New Harmonies, the Beaufort Branch Library, in partnership with several local organizations, has put together a robust schedule of free music events. Full event descriptions are available online at<>


Documentary Film Series


The following films will be shown at the Beaufort Branch Library at both 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on the respective dates. There is no admission charge for these screenings.


Thursday, January 5th,  3 p.m. and 6 p.m. “Al Otro Lado”

Thursday, January 12th  3 p.m. and 6 p.m. “Awake My Soul: the story of Sacred Harp”library-johnny-cash

Thursday, January 26th  3 p.m. and 6 p.m. “Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music”

Thursday,  February 2nd  3 p.m. and 6 p.m. “Through Many Dangers: The Story of Gospel Music”



Lunch and Listen


Performances begin at Noon in the Auditorium (Bldg 12) on the Technical College of the Lowcountry Beaufort Campus, 921 Ribaut Road.  Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch to eat in the Student Center prior to the performance.  All performances are free.


Wednesday, January 4th, Noon “Sea Island Spirituals” with the Jones Family singers

Wednesday, January 11th, Noon “Girls with Guitars: Women in Country Music” with Amanda Brewer

Wednesday, January 25th,  Noon “Sounds of Barbershop” featuring Tidal Fource

Wednesday, February 1st,  Noon “Livin’ Music: A Gullah/Geechee Journey of Harmony” featuring Queen Quet


Saturday at the Smithsonian:


A series of free music programs suitable for the whole family to enjoy every Saturday at the Beaufort Branch Library at 2 p.m.


library-aunt-pearlie-sueSaturday, January 7th,  2 p.m. “History of Hand Drumming and Drum Circle” with Sam Jones

Saturday, January 14th, 2 p.m.  “Shape Note Singing with Lowcountry Sacred Harp” (Note: This event will be held at Grand Army Hall (706 Newcastle Street)

Saturday, January 21st, 2 p.m. “Appalachian Stories and Songs” with John Fowler

Saturday, January 28th, 2 p.m. “Tunes and Tales” with Irene Goodnight

Saturday, February 4th,  2 p.m. “Gullah Stories and Songs with Aunt Pearlie Sue”



Sunday Afternoon Concert Series


The following concerts will be held at ARTWorks (2127 Boundary Street). There is no admission charge. Donations are encouraged.


Sunday, January 8th, 3 p.m.    FolkUs and The Hungry Monks in concert

Sunday, January 22nd, 3 p.m.  Blue Mudd in concert

Sunday, January 29th, 3 p.m.   Drink Small Trio in concert



New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Humanities CouncilSC and the Beaufort County Library. Local sponsors include: Friends of the Beaufort County Library, Public Library Foundation of Beaufort County, Arts Council of Beaufort, Port Royal and the Sea Islands, Strings and Things, University of South Carolina Center for the Arts, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Hargray, Walmart, Kazoobie Kazoos, Technical College of the Lowcountry, To learn more about New Harmonies and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit


For additional information about these programs and other library programs please stop in for a visit at your local branch or check the library’s website at<>


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