Video — Italene Gaddis performs at Newcastle Library

July 27, 2015

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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By Christina Corrales-Toy Italene Gaddis, a 90-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home in 2013.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Italene Gaddis, a 90-year-old poet, songwriter and musician, plays her autoharp in her Newcastle home in 2013.

Local musician, poet and author Italene Gaddis brought her brand of feel-good music to the Newcastle Library last Saturday.

Gaddis was part of the library’s “Music Space” event, a daylong celebration of all things music, featuring instrument demonstrations, performances and more.

Enhanced by her charming Southern drawl, the poet, musician and songwriter captivates with her quick wit and sunny disposition. She’s an endless source of encouraging words, uplifting songs and positive affirmations.

She currently shares her inspirational songs and poems at senior centers and retirement homes around the area. Still performing nearly every day, with autoharp in tow, the 90-year-old is hoping only to spread a message of peace, love and happiness.

“I try to encourage people. That’s really why I do what I do,” she said. “To encourage someone, well, that’s the greatest gift you can give next to love.”

Watch a video from Gaddis’ performance at the Newcastle Library below.

 

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