FLORENCE, S.C. – The Puddin’ Swamp Singers will perform at the 28th-annual Art’s Alive festival on the campus of Francis Marion University, Saturday, April 16.
The group’s two-hour performance will begin at 3 p.m. in the Hyman Fine Arts Center’s Adele Kassab Recital Hall.
The Puddin’ Swamp Singers were organized in 1988 by the music director of the United Methodist Church in Turbeville to present a concert for the community. The concert was so successful that the group became established and has since given more than 100 concerts in more than 15 towns and cities over the state. The singers have appeared on WIS-TV in Columbia and SCETV and have been featured in several newspaper articles.
The group is made up of 24 singers. They come from diverse careers: teachers, businessmen, a doctor, a minister, a pharmacist, music teachers and others – all united in a love of singing and a willingness to work long hours learning the music. Each year a totally new show is presented, and the entire program is committed to memory by the group.
The singers come from Turbeville, New Zion, Pleasant Grove, Manning, Lake City, Florence, Sumter, Columbia and Wedgefield.
Over the 17 years of its existence, the group has had four directors: Lenich Coker, Margaret Coleman, Tommy Fitzgerald, and currently Betty Godwin. The show includes Broadway hits, songs of yesteryear, and sacred and patriotic music.
The program the group will perform at Art’s Alive is titled “A Sentimental Journey.”
The Art’s Alive festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine, and is free and open to the public. The event is a celebration of the visual and performing arts for the whole family, with simultaneous performances at five different venues on campus.
For more information, contact the FMU Office of Community Relations at 843-661-1225.
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