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Rich and Peggy Linke, “So Inclined”

July 27, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

Preservation New Jersey welcomes Rich and Peggy Linke, a.k.a. So Inclined, to their first full show performance at the 1867 Sanctuary following many successful open mic appearances.

Rich and Peggy Linke started singing together almost 50 years ago, soon after they were married. Though they’ve traveled to nearly all the continents, they’ve lived here in New Jersey all their lives and raised two daughters in Lawrence Township. They learned to sing duets by listening to recordings of the great brother acts of bluegrass and early rock and roll, including Jim & Jesse McReynolds, the Delmore Brothers, the Louvin Brothers and the Everly Brothers. They still perform songs from these artists today but have expanded their repertoire to include songs from a variety of song writers including Peggy herself. The duo chose the name “So Inclined” in the 1980s when it became clear to them that their music could not be lumped into any one genre. Citing life’s pressures, they took a break from music in 2004 and were only drawn back in recently when their daughter asked them to perform a song at her wedding in January of 2019. She gave them a year’s notice and they used that time to get their chops back. After the wedding, they couldn’t stop singing and are now back to performing as often as they are able. See their Facebook page, “So Inclined,” for photos and more about the duo.

Peggy studied voice and piano in her childhood in Plainfield, NJ, and continued her study of music at Columbia University in New York City and later at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton. She taught vocal music in elementary schools in Hopewell and Franklin Townships. Her interest in folk music began with her love of Joan Baez and Tom Paxton in the early 60’s and she started performing folk songs with her guitar when she was 14 years old. Her interests expanded to the resophonic guitar after she heard Mike Auldridge play the Dobro on an eponymous album that Rich brought home in 1972. This led her to Bluegrass music where the Dobro has been a standard instrument since Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt introduced it into their band, The Foggy Mountain Boys, in the early 1950s. Peggy lived in New Jersey most of her childhood but her family moved to Boone, North Carolina, while she was in high school and she took advantage of living down the road from Doc Watson by going to hear him play when she was able.

Rich got his PhD in rocket science (no, really!) in 1972 and, because he had studied at Columbia University, he learned about Art Garfunkel’s guitar school which was an easy subway ride from Columbia. He studied guitar and was inspired by the greats including Doc Watson and Norman Blake. He learned from them that a song is about the story, not the guitar part, no matter how much fun that is to learn and to play. He freely admits that Peggy is the better-trained musician but claims he is no less hooked on the music.

Listen to them on Facebook.

To Purchase Tickets

  • $20 for General Admission
  • $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
  • $5 for School and College students with ID
  • $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**

Tickets can be purchased online or reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing 1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows. (Sorry – we don’t mail tickets. Tickets will be held at the box office and a receipt will be emailed from PayPal if purchased online.)

**GROUP RATES (10 or more people). Group rates apply only to advance online sales and must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rate tickets cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert.

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July 27, 2019
8:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map