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Critically Acclaimed Ranky Tanky Bringing Gullah Music To West Hartford

Critically Acclaimed Ranky Tanky Bringing Gullah Music To West Hartford

Ranky Tanky, a five-piece band from Charleston, S.C., takes Gullah music and culture from African-American communities in the Low Country region of South Carolina and adds chiming high-life guitars, elegant vocal and trumpet lines, and snapping, funk beats.

Guitarist Clay Ross, trumpeter Charlton Singleton, drummer Quentin E. Baxter and bassist Kevin Hamilton began playing music together two decades ago, while veteran singer Quiana Parler has performed with Clay Aiken, Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard and Miranda Lambert.

“It just seemed so clear and easy, musically,” says...

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