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February by the Fire music series

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Keenan Wade and Grace Adele, who performed as part of the library's outdoor summer concert series in 2009, will bring the music inside and kick off February by the Fire this year on Friday, Feb. 7, at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.

Live music? In a library? And the performers won't get shushed?

Yes, on all counts!

Bring your friends and family and hear what makes the library's annual February by the Fire music series so popular. After all, what could be more relaxing at the end of a long winter week than to sit comfortably by a fire soaking up the sounds of some of central Ohio's most talented musicians?

Enjoy an eclectic mix of Americana, country, rock, pop and Tin Pan Alley-style balladry when the music series kicks off this Friday, Feb. 7 with Grace Adele and Keenan Wade. A recent review said that with her "big, warm voice," Adele "recalls alt-country crooners like Neko Case and Cowboy Junkies' Margo Timmins."

The library will showcase Mark Flugge on Feb. 14. A well-known pianist, composer, educator and bandleader in central Ohio and beyond, Flugge is a faculty member of Capital University's Conservatory of Music.

Stephanie Jeffreys, who will perform on Feb. 21, learned how to play the guitar by teaching herself John Prine and Gillian Welch tunes. Songwriting soon followed, drawn from her experience growing up in a small rural town. Her influences include Emmylou Harris, Patsy Cline, Bob Dylan and Hank Williams.

Patrick Woods will close out the 2014 season on Feb. 28. This solo fingerstyle guitarist cites Michael Hedges and Preston Reed as prime influences on his own unique blend of percussive, string-snapping acoustic guitar playing.

Sponsored by the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries, February by the Fire concerts, which start at 4 p.m., are geared to all ages. Bring your friends and family to enjoy this wonderful range of music in the comfort of the "living room" of Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.

Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.

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