Perry Fine Arts will be presenting folk singer and song writer Carol Montag in concert for its’ annual Musical Extravaganza and Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the centrum of the First United Methodist Church, 1100 Third Street, Perry, Iowa.


Carol first began singing and performing music at an early age in church, where she grew to love traditional hymns and liturgical songs. Always imagining she was on a grand stage, she sang and danced most of the way through her early childhood years. While in high school, she learned to play her sister’s guitar by ear while listening to such folk music legends as Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, and Joan Baez. She saved her money and in her senior year she purchased her first guitar, a Yamaha 12-string, at Eschbach’s House of Music.


After attending college at Grand View University & Iowa State University, Carol’s first paid gigs were at a local Mexican restaurant in Cedar Rapids. Soon she began performing at colleges, coffeehouses, house concerts, churches, music festivals, and live radio shows. She has recorded four solo albums and two Christmas albums with the trio known as Tribute.


In the early 1990s, Carol was commissioned by Ballet Iowa to write songs for a ballet about a farm family in crisis. The work was titled “Swallows Return in the Spring.” Carol toured the Midwest performing live with the ballet company.


While performing at a private party in Washington, Carol was invited to sing at the 2010 World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony by the World Food Prize president and former ambassador to Cambodia, Kenneth Quinn. Past performers at the ceremony include such notables as John Denver, Ray Charles, and Simon Estes.


Come and listen to one of Iowa’s top performers on your holiday afternoon in air-conditioned comfort. Following the program, come into the Fellowship Room and share a bowl or two of homemade ice cream and other goodies while you socialize.


Perry Fine Arts concerts are free (donations accepted) and open to all and the building is accessible to wheelchairs.