Crann Úll

Whether interpreting a traditional song or tune or a cover of a contemporary song, solid musicianship and a love of tradition shine through in Crann Úll's music. Crann Úll features Rob Sharer on guitar, fiddle, flute, bodhran and vocals with Margaret Rush on guitar and vocals. Comprised of a Dublin native now residing in Raleigh and a Raleigh native who once resided in Ireland, Crann Úll plays a spectrum of traditional Irish material.

Crann Ull members Rob Sharer and Margaret Rush - Rob wears a solid color, long sleeve button down shirt; his left hand is in his pants pocket, and his long hair is pulled back. Margaret is in a flower printed, short sleeve dress with her hands clasped in front of her. In this promotional photo, they stand outside a wooden building. Photo Credit: Liz Condo Photography

Beginners Bluegrass Jam

The PineCone Bluegrass learning jam at Harry’s Guitar Shop on the third Wednesday of the month has been very popular, welcoming beginner musicians and people who want to learn basic jam etiquette before jumping into a traditional jam.

This jam is specifically for those who are learning the basics of bluegrass music and playing with other musicians, and it is open to all ages. Jef Walter, a local musician who plays bass and guitar with Charles Pettee & the Iron Mountain Messengers, will once again facilitate this month's jam to assist jam participants.

Shape Note Sing

Since the fourth Sunday of December is Christmas Day, the Shape Note Singers will meet in Raleigh on the THIRD Sunday! And please note the new start time - the sing will start at 1:50 p.m., not 2 p.m., to help accommodate the chapel's schedule. The chapel doesn't have an address, but if you Google 1091 Wake Forest Road, you will find it. There is free parking on both sides of Cedar St., as well as on Mordecai Dr. and Mimosa St.

Shape Note Sing

In the shape note singing tradtion, singers sing a cappella (without accompaniment) and sit arranged by vocal part in a “hollow square,” facing one another across the square and taking turns at leading. No prior experience is necessary to participate in the Shape Note Sing - beginners and experienced singers are all welcome. The Shape Note Singers meet the second Sunday of each month in Durham and the fourth Sunday of each month in Raleigh.

Singers gathered together at the 2016 Sacred Harp Convention; men and women of various ages sit together around a square holding songbooks, and a man stands in the middle of the square leading the song.

PineCone Bluegrass Jam

The day after Christmas, share the gift of music at the FINAL PineCone Bluegrass Jam at the Busy Bee Cafe! The Busy Bee will close at the end of 2016 and reopen in 2017 as Trophy Chicken & Taproom.

Musicians gathered in a circle at the Busy Bee Cafe - men and women of all ages sit in a circle playing guitars, banjos, fiddles, mandolins; the Busy Bee's Bar is along one wall, and the other brick wall has artwork hanging from it. Photo credit: Brainard Photo

PineCone Bluegrass/Americana/Old Time Jam

The Piedmont region of North Carolina has a vibrant and varied music scene, which the combined bluegrass/old time/Americana jam taps into thanks to a partnership with Speakeasy in Carrboro! This jam meets monthly on the second Monday of each month from 6-9pm. Speakeasy has space in case musicians want to break out into different groups over the course of the evening, but we hope that this combined jam will also provide opportunities for musicians to learn about the similarities between these overlapping styles.

Tyler's Taproom logo - a curved line above and below the two-line text Tyler's Taproom

PineCone Youth Jam with Jef Walter & Jamie Dawson

Calling all youth musicians who play guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and bass! You’re invited to a bluegrass jam just for you and your peers. Come make some music with other young musicians in the area who enjoy playing the same types of music you do!

This jam will include some skill building, a featured song at the beginning of the jam, and plenty of time for jamming together on a variety of other songs, too (sample song list below). This month's featured song will be "Hot Corn, Cold Corn" in the key of G.

Students play guitars, mandolins, fiddles, banjo, and bass; most are seated around the room, though a young woman stands to play bass; facilitator Jef Walter stands and plays guitar.

Flor Y Canto

Flor y Canto is a family project born from the need and a desire to spread the beautiful sounds of the folk Mexican music and the joyful colors of our traditions. Flor Y Canto will share some of the rich variety of Mexican folk music in this program. Although most of the band is from the Guerrero region, they look to other parts of the country for inspiration, and their performances also feature a variety of instruments from Latin America. They perform in traditional, handmade outfits made by one of the band members.

Six people (three men and three women) in colorful, floral-printed outfits (men in white slacks, women in different colored skirts with flowers in their hair), stand behind an array of instruments: guitars, harps, wooden flutes, percussion instruments, shakers, and more) on an outdoor stage on a sunny day.

Dwight Hawkins & The Piedmont Highballers - RESCHEDULED

Dwight Hawkins & The Piedmont Highballers are a Raleigh-based band specializing in playing pre-war stringband music. In addition to vocals, Hawkins plays guitar, mandolin, saw, and bones. Kevin Burnet plays guitar and mandolin. Turner Brandon holds down the harmonica and keys, and Andrew Berger-Gross rounds out the band on lead mandolin. Hawkins has traveled the country playing this music, performing in streets with pickup bands, and even playing shows with the likes of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Hackensaw Boys at events like MerleFest and FloydFest.

Sitting in folding chairs on an outdoor stage, from left to right: Kevin Burnet plays mandolin, Dwight Hawkins plays guitar, and Andrew Berger-Gross

PineCone Bluegrass Jam

The fourth Monday of the month means it's time for the PineCone Bluegrass Jam at the Busy Bee Cafe! Bluegrass musicians gather at the Busy Bee every month to share music and camaraderie. The jam welcomes all musicians looking for opportunities to play bluegrass music and all fans who want to listen and share in the camaraderie! While the PineCone Bluegrass Jam welcomes musicians of all skill levels to participate, it is not a learning jam (often referred to as a “slow jam” in bluegrass circles).

Musicians gathered in a circle at the Busy Bee Cafe - men and women of all ages sit in a circle playing guitars, banjos, fiddles, mandolins; the Busy Bee's Bar is along one wall, and the other brick wall has artwork hanging from it. Photo credit: Brainard Photo


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