Once a month, Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center, a beautiful not-for-profit park right in Johns Creek, makes a magical transformation into a beautiful concert setting, to host our Unplugged series, featuring offering intimate concerts inside the lovely Warsaw Church by some of the Atlanta area’s finest musicians. Gorgeous park setting, an intimate, candlelit concert environment, wonderful acoustics and a chance to make a difference by helping to support this beautiful place that is Autrey Mill!
On Saturday, November 19th, Autrey Mill Unplugged is so excited to welcome Celia McDermott and Friends back to our stage to get your Thanksgiving week off to a great start! This show will be an intimate evening of musical arrangements ranging from Americana to British folk style music, some songs you know, some you will likely hear for the first time, gorgeous harmonies, and all beautiful. Tickets are $20, or $17 for Autrey Mill members. Because the venue is intimate, seats are limited, so please purchase your tickets early by going to: Purchase your tickets today.
The show begins at 8PM in the historic Warsaw Church, (doors open at 7:30). In addition, the beautiful Summerour House will be open from 7-8 for self-guided tours and light desserts.
A native of Boston, vocalist Celia McDermott’s philosophy to singing is to get inside the song, and sing it from the deepest place in her soul…until her toes buzz. An early love of singing brought her to study arranging and vocals at Berklee College of Music, where she was introduced to the world of jazz, and the concept of using the voice as an instrument. She remembers sitting in Berklee’s listening library at age 18, hearing Sarah Vaughn for the first time, and weeping from the beauty and richness of Sarah’s instrument, while singing along in the middle of the library. It was Berklee- it didn’t matter! After Berklee, she performed locally with and without her guitar in the Boston, New York, and Atlanta areas for years in many various groups, featuring many varied styles of music.
She served many years as an assistant choir director, spent ten years directing and singing in “Cheaper Than Therapy”, an a cappella group, has been a featured singer on many recordings, and has performed with many different musicians in the Atlanta area, crossing genres spanning from jazz to rock to Americana to gospel, including several years of being a featured soloist for the ASO Gospel Choir. Currently, Celia is also really happy to be serving as the coordinator of our Unplugged program, helping to raise awareness and provide quality entertainment in this beautiful treasure that is Autrey Mill.
Celia will be joined by several very talented musician friends: Kevin Walsh on bass, Mike Cerra on guitar, James Locher (Dr. Jams) on Mandolin, and the lovely Kathy Reed on harmonies. Come on out- we promise that you’ll have a great time!