Pictured to your left are the Foley artists who will be performing at the Rumsey Radio Hour when it returns on Saturday, November 19 in a new venue, the Frank Center at Shepherd University.
What are Foley artists, you might ask? They are the people who make the background sounds that you hear on the radio and in film and TV. Mostly ambient noises, they help set the stage for the events that are being depicted and they enhance the auditory experience for the audience.
One of the particularly fun parts of watching the Rumsey Radio Hour (like Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion) live on stage is that you get to see the Foley artists recreating sounds you would otherwise only hear in the background. They use machine parts, props and even their bodies to make all sorts of sounds. A well-placed Foley sound really gets a laugh.
Please make plans to come to the Rumsey Radio Hour this weekend – it really is a great show, and the proceeds go to support the upcoming Shepherdstown250 celebration and the Shepherdstown Public Library.
Jeanne & Jim at the Thomas Shepherd Inn B&B in Shepherdstown, WV