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Harrisville’s Darou joins Lost Boys' Lowville concert

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LOWVILLE — The Lewis County Historical Society’s Black River Valley Concert Series continues Saturday, bringing traditional and original bluegrass music to the stage. John Cadley and the Lost Boys will be joined by Harrisville’s Chad Darou at 7:30 p.m. in the Blue Room, 7552 S. State St.

Mr. Cadley, who remains the only original member of the Lost Boys, formed the group in 1999. Today, the group comprises Henry Jankiewicz on fiddle, Mark Allnatt on banjo and guitar, Ted Williams on mandolin and John Dancks on bass.

Their style is a blend of traditional bluegrass songs like “Uncle Pen,” “Are You Missing Me?” and “Long Black Veil,” to original compositions, mostly written by Mr. Cadley, who also plays guitar and mandolin.

Mr. Darou grew up in the South, where at 8 he began playing bluegrass music. He moved to upstate New York in the late 1980s and began traveling extensively with some of the biggest names in bluegrass: Bill Keith, Bill Harrell, the Gibson Brothers, James King and Travers Chandler.

A 2008 National Banjo Champion, Mr. Darou says he prefers to play the resonator guitar, or dobro, because it’s a much more “vocal” instrument. He also is an accomplished guitar, mandolin and bass player and a singer/songwriter.

Mr. Darou decided after many years of being a “side man” to start his own band, Chad Darou & Stealing Time, affording him the chance to meet Mr. Cadley, one of his songwriting heroes.

The pair now play many shows a year together, both with Mr. Darou’s band and with the Lost Boys.

Tickets to Saturday’s concert are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at Cafe Z, 7594 S. State St., or at Dr. Guitar, 154 Court St., Watertown.

For more information, call the society at 376-8957 or visit its website at www.lewiscountyhistory.org.

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