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Lillian Chase and The Deadpan Stringband

Sunday, March 8, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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A 16-year-old from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Lillian Chase first picked up a fiddle at age 6. This sixth-generation Asheville area native took to old-time music and classical violin, learning them simultaneously. Chase plays frequently with her 14-year-old sister, Sara Nell Chase, and they recently formed the Deadpan Stringband with banjo picker Shane Elliott and seasoned old-time musician Michael Ismerio. These award-winning musicians shine when they weave harmony vocals and fiddles on stages like Merlefest and Song of the Mountains, and all are multi-instrumentalists, though Shane takes banjo, Sara Nell plays stand-up bass in the band, with Michael playing rhythm guitar.

Expect to hear old-time tunes with Irish roots, and learn a bit of history about the music, including who they learned the tunes from — a big part of traditional music is learning tunes by ear from other musicians, and the band members have studied widely. Lillian’s debut album, Lillian Chase: Playing Favorites (old-time, bluegrass, and ballad), was produced by renowned Irish powerhouse musician John Doyle, a musician who tours worldwide, including with the 2017 Transatlantic Sessions, when he performed with a group that included James Taylor and Sarah Jarosz. Lillian has already shared the stage with several traditional music greats like Bobby Hicks, April Verch, Bruce Molsky, Riley Baugus, Pete Sutherland, and John Doyle.

This season, Music of the Carolinas features artists from the next generation of traditional music in North Carolina, in partnership with the Millennial Traditional Artists Project of the North Carolina Arts Council’s Folklife Program. Since 2016, the MTA Project has identified and served younger generation artists keeping and creating our state’s cultural traditions. Learn more in the Millennial Traditional Artists Directory

Reserve your ticket in advance! Even though this event is free to attend, tickets are required, as seating is limited. PLEASE NOTE: If you reserve your ticket ahead of time and have not checked in at the auditorium by the time the doors open (2:45 p.m.), your seat may be released so someone else can attend the event. Some tickets will also be available at the Museum the day of the event – please visit the information table outside Daniels Auditorium beginning at 2 p.m. on the show date. Thank you for your understanding; please contact us if you have any questions.

Street parking is free on weekends in downtown Raleigh, and the lot across Wilmington Street from the Museum is also free on the weekend. Learn more about parking options in downtown Raleigh

A ramp from Edenton St provides access to the Museum’s main entrance. A ramp is also available from Jones St. and the entrance from Fletcher Garden. Wheelchairs for interior use are available free of charge at the Museum information desk. The Museum entrance closest to the auditorium is a staircase that leads up to glass doors on Edenton St. 

Large print program notes and assistive listening devices will be available at this event. Please call us at 919-664-8333 with any questions about accessibility.


Sunday, March 8, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Daniels Auditorium
5 E Edenton St
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