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Aug. 14, 2001 – The Friday night music scene at The Color of Joy in Red Hook will be livelier than ever this week, with the folk group Harmony Dem "joining the fray," as gallery/gift shop owner Corinne Van Rensselaer puts it.
Rest assured: There's no fray here. It's all very harmonious.
Harmony Dem currently is a trio, consisting of Polly Watts, Fred Watts and Don Edwards. They have been singing and playing together on St. Thomas for 12 years, and their combined years of residence on the island total almost 100! Formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo in 1989, the ensemble has maintained its appeal with strong harmonies supported by acoustic instruments including guitar, bass, autoharp, harmonica, steelpan, fiddle and mandolin.
Its repertoire is "Americana" — folk, rock, reggae, gospel, calypso, Cajun and blues tunes. A fixture for years of October Sunday Festivals, Chili Cook-Offs, and Arts Alive and Agricultural Fairs, the group had a regular gig at the old Barnacle Bill's and now performs frequently at Molly Molones. Its music "speaks to all ages and types of people — anyone who enjoys tapping their toes and singing along," Van Rensselaer says.
The end-of-week / start-of-weekend get-together will feature complimentary wine, cheese and crackers as usual on the American Yacht Harbor Marlin Deck at the scenic-side entrance to The Color of Joy. Hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Sally Smith will be there hosting the live entertainment as usual, too, with her own keyboard and vocal contributions.
For additional information, call 775-4020.

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