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June 19, 2014

20 years later, Crane, Krug reunite at Booth

DANVILLE — Brian Crane and Fred Krug will perform together in public for the first time in 20-plus years.

Krug will play classical guitar at 8 p.m. Friday in the Booth Theater at 116 Mill St.

He and Crane will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday in the same location.

Together, they harmonize and play acoustic guitar to re-create the sound and feel of Simon and Garfunkel. They will also sing Everly Brothers songs and have been compared to the sound of the Everly Brothers.

The two will do an original song they wrote while in high school. “The words are about getting older,” said Crane, of the Danville area.

Crane presented a solo performance at the theater after it opened.

He and Krug met at the Taft School, a boarding school in Watertown, Conn., where Krug lives and teaches music mainly to high school and middle school students. “I teach guitar and recording engineering to some really talented young people,” he said. He and Crane are 1995 Taft graduates.

Crane and Krug sang together in the distinguished Taft Collegium Choir which toured throughout England and Ireland. The co-ed choir also competed in Washington, D.C.

While at the Taft school, Crane, a baritone, and Krug, a tenor, also directed an a cappella group and wrote arrangements performed for President Bill Clinton at the White House, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and by Bobby McFerrin.   

“Fred is an extremely accomplished guitarist. I have learned to play guitar,” said Crane, a civil law attorney in Bloomsburg.

After Krug presented some classical guitar pieces at Danville’s Grove Presbyterian Church, Crane figured the theater would be a great opportunity for them to perform. Crane also serves as choir director for the Grove church and has done gigs at The Pine Barn Inn, the Pub II, Brews ‘N Bytes and at private parties.

He is active with the nonprofit Zing Productions which opened the theater.

“This is the perfect venue to listen to the intricacies and harmonies going on,” Crane said.

“It’s a great space,” Krug said.

There is a $10 charge with snacks provided. Those attending can bring their own bottles. Reservations can be made by calling 570-951-6572.

Krug said they are trying to keep folk tradition music alive “so it’s just as fresh today as when it came out.”

“It’s contemplative and positive music and harmony that brings people really to a nice spot,” Crane said.

Krug also sang and played guitar with ex-girlfriend and singer Emily Colt and produced her album available on iTunes. He played in bands through the years in Connecticut.

“I have a feeling we will be playing together for a long time whether it’s on back porches or before audiences,” Crane said.

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