The long-time folk group The New Christy Minstrels will perform at Bethel College this weekend. The last show there, several years ago, was a near sellout. 

 

1. A homecoming

The concert will be a homecoming of sorts for Dave Deutschendorf of Newton. The long-time teacher and counselor in the area, serving at Newton, Peabody, Florence, Maize and Sedgwick, will perform as part of The New Christy Minstrels. His other claim to fame, and what drew him into the band, is he is the uncle of John Denver. 

 

2. A long-time group with success

The minstrels are an American large-ensemble folk music group founded by Randy Sparks in 1961. The group recorded more than 20 albums. Over the years the lineup has changed, with more than 300 musicians being part of the group throughout its history. 

 

3. Some familiar tunes

The minstrels had several hits, including "Green, Green," "Saturday Night," "Today," "Denver," and "This Land Is Your Land." Their 1962 debut album, Presenting The New Christy Minstrels, won a Grammy Award and sat in the Billboard charts for two years.

 

 

 

 

IF YOU GO

WHEN:7 p.m. Sept. 16. Ticket sales will start at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Memorial Hall at Bethel College. 

HOW MUCH: $20 tickets are available online at thenewchrityminstrels.com or at the door starting at 6 p.m.