Good, Clean, Hilarious Entertainment
Get your funny bone ready because Live! at Dowling Park is bringing back the hilariously entertaining Three on a String to Advent Christian Village for your knee-slapping enjoyment. This group of talented individuals have been pluckin’ and grinnin’ for satisfied audiences for more years than they’d care to admit, and they’re sure to leave you wanting more.
Three on a String celebrated 45 years in the entertainment business last year — a remarkable feat in today’s fast changing society.
In 1971, Jerry Ryan and Bobby Horton performed as a duet for one show at Horse Pens 40 near Steel, Alabama. George Pruitt, a big band music veteran suggested they add a bass and thus Three on a String was born. Some personnel changes and lots of one-nighters eventually evolved into performances with symphony orchestras in several states including a nine-city tour with the Alabama Symphony, opening for Red Skelton, Barbara Mandrel, Jeff Foxworthy, George Lindsey, Ray Stevens and many more top stars. Add in concerts for art councils, chambers of commerce, Landmark Theatres and city celebrations, and you have a busy schedule for these veteran entertainers.
Jerry left a career as a teacher, coach, and high school principal to pursue the performing dream as a guitar player, vocalist, and harmonica player and never looked back. “There is no feeling in the world like presenting our show to an audience that has no idea who we are and having the show close with a standing ovation,” says Jerry.
Bobby started taking trumpet lessons as a child and eventually became proficient at more than 20 instruments including the banjo, dobro, mandolin, guitar, violin/fiddle, and the Irish pipes. He has worked with PBS producer Ken Burns on at least 10 documentaries including The Civil War, Lewis and Clark and Baseball, and is in constant demand for his musical presentation of Civil War music on the college lecture circuit. But he still finds time to tour with Three on a String. It is probably Bobby’s physical humor that has endeared him to Three on a String audiences throughout the years.
Brad Ryan, Jerry’s son, watched his dad and Bobby learn their way around the music business before becoming the regular bass player, adding fiddle to the show’s musical presentation, and eventually developed one of the funniest comedy bits in a collection of winners. Brad has traveled the United States and Canada for over 28 years. Credits also include writing, producing and recording many successful commercial songs.
Veteran performer Andy Meginniss played bass, guitar and handled lead and harmony vocals as part of Three on a String from 1972 to 1985. He was invited to rejoin the group in 2013 and “is having more fun than ever.” In 2011, he was elected to the Alabama Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. Andy fits back in seemlessly after many years adding his unique talents to the already stellar show!
Four entertaining guys who have learned their craft and enjoy sharing their talents with each new audience. As Three on a String puts it, "Let’s have some fun!”
Join us Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7:00 p.m., at The Village Church in Dowling Park for Three on a String. Visit www.acvillage.net/artistseries or call (386) 658-5557 for more details. Tickets are $20 each and are available locally from the Village cashier and in Live Oak, Florida, at both the Suwannee County Chamber of Commerce and The Music Center (students receive a discount). Season tickets for the remaining concerts at ACV, which also permit attendance to the Madison and Lake City artist series, are still available and are discounted as the season progresses; call (386) 658-5343 for more information.
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