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Concerts in the Courtyard: Ranky Tanky Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA
August 1, 2018
Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Time: 9:30 PM
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The soulful songs of the Gullah culture are brought to life by this band of native South Carolinians who mix low country traditions with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B. Trumpeter Charlton Singleton, guitarist Clay Ross, bassist Kevin Hamilton, and drummer Quentin Baxter originally worked together when they were fresh out of college, forming an in-demand jazz quartet on the Charleston scene in the late 1990s before going their separate ways as freelance musicians, working with names like Houston Person, Freddy Cole, Cyro Baptista, and René Marie. After gaining years of valuable experience and developing a deeper appreciation for the South Carolina Gullah tradition they came from, the band re-formed and welcomed a new member, the dynamic vocalist Quiana Parler. Their sound is a celebration of the bone-deep mix of spirituals and gutbucket blues that mark the low country mainland and Sea Islands—music made by a self-contained culture of descendants of enslaved Africans that introduced such indelible parts of the American songbook as “Kum Bah Yah” and “Michael Row the Boat Ashore.” The word “Gullah” comes from West Africa and means “a people blessed by God,” and “Ranky Tanky” loosely translates as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!”

Concerts in the Courtyard: Ranky Tanky