The Scarecrow of the Southeast, Neil Lee Griffin, will perform a free live concert at Chapman Cultural Center this Sunday, Oct. 11, 2-4 p.m., as part of the venue’s Sundays Unplugged program.
Griffin has been writing music in Upstate South Carolina for several years. The singer/songwriter/composer developed a stutter at an early age, which only fueled the pursuit of music wherein the stutter disappears. With tastes as varied as his skill set, Griffin always challenges himself to create a distinct, unique sound for every album he produces. So far, he has produced five albums.
In late 2010 Griffin adopted a scarecrow as a symbol to represent his work, in that the scarecrow is silent but knows all about the world. Griffin explains that the scarecrow is symbolic of his stuttering. In the media stuttering is often made fun of, implying that the stutterer is stupid. Griffin explains that “we’re like the scarecrow in that we may be slow to speak or silent, but we are not stupid.”
Though he mainly performs in the colonial gothic genre, he dabbles in jazz, metal, world music, and others. Griffin’s personal style is dark folk that tells stories. He also writes scores for film and television. For more information about Griffin, please visit TangleWylde.com.
In addition to the free concert, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, and the Students Gallery will be open and free for public attendance. In addition, Spartanburg Science Center will be open, charging $4 per adult and $2 for students.
Chapman will be open 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, please call (864) 542-ARTS.