CHIRP artist Ramy Essam escapes Egypt; unable to make Aug. 23 concert

CHIRP concert producer Barbara Manners has announced that Egyptian musician Ramy Essam will be unable to make his scheduled performance in Ballard Park on Thursday, Aug. 23.  

“As a result of the release of his most recent CD, Balaha, which now has over 4 million hits on You Tube, the Egyptian Government has rescinded his passport which contained his A-1 visa to enter the United States,” Manners told The Press Monday, July 9.

“There is a warrant out for his arrest in Egypt and the poet who wrote the lyrics of Balaha has been arrested, tortured and is to stand trial in criminal court,” she added. “Ramy, fortunately, is safe in Sweden but without an A-1 cannot enter the U.S.

CHIRP has scheduled another band which will be announced in coming weeks, Manners said.  

“We hope that Ramy will be here next summer.”

Gilkyson returns

Manners said that musician Eliza Gilkyson will make her return to Ridgefield — and to Ballard Park — at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15

Gilkyson is a late addition to CHIRP’s summer concert schedule.

She will perform the same week as David Myles (Aug. 14) and  Della Mae (Aug. 16), giving music lovers three free concerts in three consecutive nights.