noon – Hannah’s Whirl
Paul Arnone, singer-songwriter and native Floridian, is also a painter, graphic artist, professional photographer, and video producer. Tami Wingard grew up in the orange grove country of west central Florida and has been singing since she was a child, when she kept her AM transistor radio pressed to her ear. Tami played clarinet in the high school band and has since expanded her repertoire to include the mandolin, harmonica and various percussive instruments. She sang with local bands in Tampa prior to joining Paul in 2003.
Paul and Tami travel the state of Florida playing the seasonal festival circuit as the contemporary folk duo Hannah’s Whirl.
Both Paul and Tami work as medical professionals at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. They share the uncommon experience of dealing daily with people who must fight the toughest of fights or bear the weight of the most unspeakable sadness. Witnessing the lives of these people keeps Paul and Tami focused on the things that are most important in life.
Paul’s original songs range from “Florida” songs and environmental awareness to personal, family and spiritual relationships. His lyrics are subtle and moving, with a keen sense of the power of the spoken word. The songs are often poetic and visually graphic, highlighting the nuance of an event. His sense for the visual and his powerful spiritual awareness fuel the fire of his musical creativity.
Their acoustic music is guitar driven, augmented with vocal harmonies and instruments including mandolin, harmonica, clarinet and percussion.
Tami’s strong vocal skills and musical sensitivity give her the ability to create unique harmonies. These, coupled with Paul’s evocative lyrics, give Hannah’s Whirl its sweet and often haunting sound.
1 pm Pamela Jo Hatley
Pamela Jo is a genuine country girl from Alabama who learned to sing in the church choir. She was born and raised on a farm in the foothills of the Appalachians. She sings and plays guitar, claw-hammer banjo, and ukulele. Her vocals are sweet and pure, bathed in southern charm. She performs music rooted deep in early American history, pre-civil war era and beyond the seas to the “old country.”
Pamela Jo has performed at the Florida Folk Festival, Heritage Village Pinellas Folk Festival, and many other venues. She has collected several cherished ribbons at the Florida Old Time Music Championship.