THE first Friday of the month offers plenty of fare for culture buffs, and for 19 years, The Savannah Folk Music Society (SFMS) has been a leading touchstone for original songwriting. On June 5, SFMS president Chris Desa and local legend Roy Swindelle will celebrate the anniversary with a performance at Stewart Hall in First Presbyterian.
“First Friday has a loyal, growing following by both audience and artists who enjoy being in perhaps the ‘only’ true listening room environment in a coffeehouse-style concert setting,” says Desa. “Artists get an opportunity to perform for a knowledgeable audience who appreciate and listen intently to every performer.”
With half a century of musical knowledge and experience, Desa favors six and twelve-string guitars and enjoys performing his own material in addition to songs from the 1960s through 1980s.
A longtime staple of the Lowcountry scene, particularly on his home turf of Tybee Island, Roy Swindelle will make his First Friday debut this weekend. From bass to steel drum to guitar, Swindelle brings with him years of experience playing a variety of styles. In addition to being the house musician at beloved Tybee dive Doc’s Bar, Swindelle also performs with his wife, Martha, in The Christy Alan Band.
He also recently received a wonderful honor: Swindelle’s song “Living on Tybee Time” was named the city’s official song by the mayor and city council of Tybee Island, establishing cherished “Tybee Time” as a way of life.