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Pickin’ in the Plaza: Ellis Dyson & The Shambles with Honey Magpie

Thursday, July 14, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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Ellis Dyson and the Shambles is a sextet of highly trained jazz musicians with a deep-seated love and respect for the conventions and practices of the musicians that came before them. The Shambles have taken their traveling circus all throughout North Carolina, from the late night stage at Shakori Hills Music Festival to the Cat’s Cradle Back Room in Carrboro and The Pour House in Raleigh. In 2015, they released their self-titled debut full-length album. This North Carolina-based band is blazing a new trail in traditional Appalachian music with their foot-stompin’, jazz-infused whiskey folk. Known for their explosive live shows and thrilling musicianship, the Shambles are sure to make it feel like you’ve been transported to a different time. The band is Ellis Dyson (banjo, vocals)  Danny Abrams (saxophone), Nathan Huvard (acoustic guitar), Ford Garrard (bass fiddle), Matt Hall (trumpet), and Jonathan Ng (fiddle).

​Triangle-based Honey Magpie plays music that is a sweet blend of three-part vocal harmonies supported by complex yet catchy string parts and piano riffs. This, layered with warm percussion, banjo, and mandolin, creates their unique sound. The band plans to record their debut EP later this year. Honey Magpie features Rachael Hurwitz (piano, guitar, vocals), Kati Moore (violin, vocals), Pippa Hoover (cello, vocals), Carl Bernock (lead guitar, banjo), and Joe Ristaino (percussion).

Pickin’ in the Plaza’s musician-in-residence, Raleigh folk musician Eric Scholz, will be the first performer at this and each Pickin’ event this summer. Scholz wanted to be a rock star. After hearing an English singer-songwriter by the name of Nick Drake, music meant something more to him entirely. He cites Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, John Prine, and Bob Dylan as other musicians who have influenced his music.


Thursday, July 14, 2016
5:00 pm
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Raleigh City Plaza
500 Fayetteville St
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