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Arts and Entertainment

April 25, 2014

Cheryl Wheeler to perform at 6OTS

Singer-songwriter Cheryl Wheeler will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 6 On The Square in Oxford, with opener Rick Gottlieb. 

Wheeler’s music ranges from thoughtful ballads to irreverent songs about potatoes, her pets, and the state of the world. In concert, she is known for her self-deprecating sense of humor and stories of life on the road, presenters said in a media release. 

As a child, Wheeler learned guitar from a neighbor. Her first public performance was at a Hootenanny when she was 12. She started writing her own songs when she was 17. Wheeler has never had a “day job,” and her first professional gigs were at the Steak and Ale Restaurant in her home town of Timonium, Md. She performed at venues around Baltimore and Washington, D.C., before moving to New England in 1976, where she now lives. She appeared as part of the On a Winter’s Night tour, and was part of the Philo 25th Anniversary tour.

Her songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dan Seals, Peter Paul & Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Bogguss, Melanie, Bette Midler, Maura O’Connell, Sylvia, Kathy Mattea, and Holly Near.

Gottlieb has been playing guitar since he was 5 years old in Flushing. He studied voice and performance at Binghamton University, allowing his music to take a back seat to a career in banking law. He began immersing himself in music again five years ago.

Purchase tickets online at the discounted price of $30, plus a $2 service fee, until the day of the show; $35 at the door. Ticket price for students is always $2; student reservations are required.

The art of Katie Thomas is on display through May 31. 

In addition, tickets are on sale now for two 6OTS raffles. One is for an autographed quilt signed by a year’s worth of 6OTS performers. Performers will continue to autograph the quilt until the drawing. These tickets are $2 each or an arm’s length for $20.

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