Join us for a night of live music by Keith Harrington & Friends followed by a screening of the documentary film – Keith’s Blues: My Life with Parkinson’s.
Keith Harrington (bass and guitar) will be joined by Gina Byrd (vocals), Terry Scheaffer (vocals), Donnie Gray (drums), and Jon Rose (bass and guitar) to perform a mix of blues, blues rock, country, a bit of reggae, and a few surprises.
About the Film – Keith’s Blues: My Life with Parkinson’s
London corporate lawyer, Keith Harrington, is beginning to contemplate selling his law practice and retiring early when he is diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. He describes in unemotional terms how the following diagnosis, there were, for him, really only two choices, surrender or fight. Having decided (consciously or sub-consciously) to fight, Keith walks his audience through a cross section of his life from the mundane – his morning shave – to the sublime – interviews with former leading musicians also now struggling with Parkinson’s.
We are privy to Keith’s examination by, and interview with his extremely erudite consultant neurologist, Dr. Bain. Keith opens up his family home to the cameras to show more of his activities such as exercising, tennis, art, cooking, music and so on. Running alongside this story is a cleverly intertwined secondary story of how he discovered and fell in love with the blues. He leaves his audience in no doubt (not that there would have been much doubt anyway) that Parkinson’s can definitely give you the blues. We are treated to an unusual but very appealing soundtrack. All blues, but not the squealing harmonicas we have become accustomed to.
The tone of the film is definitely on the positive side, although even Keith finds it hard to hide his emotion following a visit to a musician friend from 30 years or more ago, also with Parkinson’s, who tells us that the world he knew previously, his friends, other musicians, gigs and so on have all but disappeared, in addition to which the friend questions his own level of support for his Parkinson’s.
Throughout the film, Keith is quite scrupulous in clarifying that much of what he is showing may be of little or no use to patients with advanced symptoms. and that his message is aimed towards the ‘new recruits’. Whether or not they like the blues, this film must give some cause for optimism to at least some of those recently diagnosed, in which case Keith considers it was worth the effort.
The film is shot on location in England and the U.S.
“…Compelling! A wonderful film.” – Tom from Millwood, Virginia
“I was overwhelmed by your documentary. Really, really excellent content and delivery.” – Donna from Ashville, North Carolina.
Doors open at 7:00. The concert starts at 8:00 PM and film starts at 9:00 PM.
Ticket Prices & Info:
All Tickets are General Admission
$25 in advance until 3:00 PM on the day of event
$30 at the door
Children: 12 years and below are free when accompanied by an adult
Proceeds will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
Tickets may be purchased in advance either online or by calling the Barns of Rose Hill Box Office at 540-955-2004 (Noon to 3:00 – Tuesday through Saturday). If you call when our Box Office is closed, please leave a message and we’ll return your call within 24 business hours. All sales are final. Exceptions for special circumstances may be made no later than 24 hours prior to performance.