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Folk musician Mary Edna unites protest with art – upcoming events

This week I am putting on my musical hat. In the 60’s and 70’s I was a folk singer and traveled the South, mainly in my home state of NC, playing guitar on porches and various venues. My first coffee house was opened when I was in the 10th grade in a church basement in […]
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Philip Simmons remembered by Mary Edna

Philip Simmons, whose skill with the hammer and anvil elevated him from a working man to an artisan widely recognized as a national treasure, died Monday night, June 22, 2009. He was 97. The renowned blacksmith passed in his sleep at Bishop Gadsden retirement home, right across the creek from my studio. I rode my […]
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Watch Sparks Fly, Celebration for Mr. Simmons

Mary Edna’s band, Lime and the Coconuts, played for a gathering honoring Philip Simmons, Charleston’s renowned ironworker. Simmons fashioned more than 500 decorative pieces of ornamental wrought iron — gates, fences, balconies and window grills. Mr. Simmons is 97 years old and a unifying force in the community. He taught perseverance and diligence about his […]
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