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C. Shells
January 25, 2019
C. Shells


Time & Place
Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
2510 N. Armistead Ave.
Hampton, VA 23666

Family Funtime Music

4-Time Parents's Choice Award Winners

C. Shells is a children's musical duo comprised of Cindy Kays and Shelly Craig Potter. Together, Cindy and Shelly have over 50 years of musical experience. Shelly, a Hampton Roads native, has been a featured solo performer at many local clubs and blues festivals. An accomplished guitarist and teacher, Shelly performs a diverse variety of music from blues to bluegrass. She teaches guitar, banjo and ukulele at Russell’s Music World in Norfolk, VA. A native of Lancaster, PA, Cindy has performed folk and Celtic music at colleges and pubs in Virginia, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. She also performs with her husband, John, at local venues in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, VA.

Shelly and Cindy have performed together for the past 22 years as a children's duo. A talented songwriter, Shelly writes much of the group's material. The mother of two daughters and grandmother of one, Shelly swears that everything she writes about is true! Using stringed instruments such as the guitar, banjo, Dobro, ukulele, and mandolin, as well as various percussion instruments, puppets and entertainment props, Cindy and Shelly encourage the children (and adults, too!) to participate with hand motions and singing. Their song repertoire ranges from traditional and contemporary folk songs to Disney tunes and original songs.

The duo are regulars at many festivals and libraries throughout the mid-Atlantic states. They have been on the roster of Young Audiences of Virginia for the past 17 years. Performing as "Cindy and Shelly," they present their educational programs in pre-schools and elementary schools throughout Virginia.

Cindy and Shelly released their debut album, self-titled, "C. Shells," on the Southern Branch Music label, in 1995. Fun for all ages, the album features 10 original songs and two cover songs. "C. Shells" was awarded a Parents' Choice Silver Honor in July 1998 for excellence in children's music. In March of 1998, they released their second album on Southern Branch Music titled, "Animal Tails," a fun-filled journey of songs about some of the animals in the world in which we live. In October 1998, "Animal Tails" was awarded a Parents' Choice Approval Seal. Their third album, “Just for Fun!” released in October 2001, features all new songs as well as some old favorites. In March 2002 “Just for Fun!” earned a Parents’ Choice Recommended Seal. “Just for Fun!” was also awarded an iParenting Media Award in 2003. iParenting is the “leading producer of quality parenting content in magazines, newspaper, radio and the Internet.” Their fourth CD, “Cool Cats,” was released in December of 2006. In Spring of 2007 it was awarded a Parents’ Choice Approval Seal, as well as an iParenting Media Award.

With a delightful mix of songs and musical styles, "C. Shells" will have children of all ages laughing, smiling and stamping their feet. From rock 'n' roll to Cajun, waltzes to ragtime, blues to bluegrass, Cindy and Shelly want everyone to have fun at their concerts, so check your repertoire of dog barks and duck quacks and bring them to the show!