Up-and-coming Native American musician Gareth Laffely will perform free concerts at all four Walters State Community College campuses next week.Concerts are scheduled Nov. 13 and Nov. 14:
•Morristown Campus – Wednesday, Nov. 13, 12:40 p.m., International Lyceum in the Student Services Building
•Claiborne County Campus – Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m., auditorium
•Greeneville/Greene County Campus – Thursday, Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m., room 100
•Sevier County Campus – Thursday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m., Conner-Short Center room 104.
Laffely has earned critical acclaim for his talent on Native American flutes and songwriting ability following the recent release of his debut compilation, “The Journey.” While he still respects and honors the tradition of his ancestors, Laffely’s music is also influenced by American rock. The result is a unique sound combining the healing nature of the Native American flute with the edge of artists like Jethro Tull creates a unique sound.
The young musician writes most of his own music. The title cut is dedicated to the Native Americans who died during the forced Trail of Tears move from western North Carolina to Oklahoma. Gareth started playing drums at the age of 4 and composed his first piano piece at age 5.
At age 12, Laffely became one of the youngest writers to join BMI, the national music copyright organization. This came after the success of his single, “Move On.” He wrote the song following the death of a friend from cancer and donated proceeds from the song to organizations fighting the disease.
Concerts are open to the public and are free. No tickets or reservations are needed. For more information, contact Eileen Bowers, student activities coordinator, at (423) 318-2347.