Whight is one-half of the duo Sheesham and Lotus who performed at Muskoka Beechgrove on Tuesday April 3. Their fodder was a brisk assortment of old-fashioned American folk music featuring ragtime fiddle and banjo, mouth harp and other assorted, often worn-looking instruments that a non-musician might overlook at a yard sale.
"Every year we bring in a group," explained Muskoka Beechgrove teacher Peter Yungblut, who organized the performance after seeing the duo at TLDSB Arts Camp last year. "The idea is to expose the kids to the arts."
Usually the performers come from Prologue to the Performing Arts, a charitable not-for-profit arts education organization dedicated to enriching the lives of young people by connecting them to high quality live performing arts.
Half the funding came from Beechgrove's Parent Council and the other half from money raised last year by the school's performance of Cinderella, Yungblut noted. To keep costs down, Beechgrove also teamed up with Glen Orchard Public School, where Sheesham and Lotus also performed that day.
The students responded enthusiastically both to the music and the duo's light and gently-educational slapstick, that included a history of their instruments and goofy demonstrations of how they can be played. They roared with laughter when the two demonstrated the pre-internet concept of "Facebook," shaking hands and saying "How do you do?"