Shape Note Sing Raleigh

Don't miss this free oppotunity to learn about this unique singing style right here in Raleigh. No prior experience is necessary to participate in the Shape Note Sing - beginners and experienced singers are all welcome. 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. (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.)

Men and women of various ages sit with books, some facing the camera, some in profile with their left shoulders toward the camera; singing together at the 2016 Sacred Harp Annual Convention in NC.

PineCone Beginners Bluegrass Jam

The featured songs at this month's learning jam are "Carolina Mountain Home" in the key of D and "Cherokee Shuffle," an instrumental tune in the key of A. Download chord charts for "Carolina Mountain Home" and "Cherokee Shuffle"

Men and women of varying ages sit in a large circle on chairs or stools; Jef Walter stands with his bass. Two walls of guitars are visible behind the musicians, and there's a worn rug in the middle of the circle that the participants are seated around. Photo credit: Spencer Mobley

Bluegrass/Americana/Old Time Jam

The combined bluegrass/Americana/old time jam in Carrboro continues to draw a good crowd of musicians together on the second Monday of each month. The Piedmont region of North Carolina has a vibrant and varied music scene, which the combined bluegrass/old time/Americana jam taps into. This jam meets monthly, and Speakeasy has space in case musicians want to break out into different groups over the course of the evening. We hope that this combined jam will also provide opportunities for musicians to learn about the similarities between these overlapping styles.

Musicians seated in an oval in the Speakeasy at Tyler's Taproom; one musician holding a guitar is standing up. Participants visible in this picture include guitar players, fiddler players, and banjo players. Background: a brick wall with a large TV hanging in the middle of it (the TV is on), and a Duvel poster hangs to the right of the TV; to the left side of the picture, there is a table with someone's plate of food and a partially consumed drink..

Shape Note Sing Durham

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.

IBMA Announces Bluegrass Hall of Fame Inductees, Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients, and International Bluegrass Music Award Finalists

Balsam Range and Earls of Leicester lead the nominations for 2017 International Bluegrass Music Awards. Winners will be announced at the 28th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 28 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh.

Rhiannon Giddens to Deliver Keynote Address at IBMA Business Conference

Giddens, co-founder of Carolina Chocolate Drops, 2016 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo recipient, and GRAMMY award winner, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s World of Bluegrass Business Conference, Tuesday, September 26, at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh.

Final Lineup Announced for 2017 Wide Open Main Stage at IBMA's World of Bluegrass

Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Steve Martin; Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush tribute to The Country Gentlemen featuring Jon Randall, Mark Schatz and Charlie Cushman; The Kruger Brothers with Kontras Quartet; Chatham County Line; and Molly Tuttle will perform September 29-30 at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater.

Down Home Concerts On-Sale

Tickets for PineCone's 2018 Down Home Concerts go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available online via Ticketmaster.com, in person at the Duke Energy Center box office (2 E South St, Raleigh), or by calling PineCone's Box Office (M-F, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.): 919-664-8302. PineCone charges a flat, $5.36 per-order handling fee - no per ticket fees! Learn more about PineCone's ticket policies

Fletcher Theater at the end of a PineCone Down Home Concert with the Duhks - the band is seen on stage from behind, lit by stage lights; house lights are still dark; in the background, the audience gives them a standing ovation.

Member Pre-Sale: 2018 Down Home Concerts

Tickets for PineCone's 2018 Down Home Concerts go on sale on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 10 am for PineCone members; the pre-sale runs through Tuesday, Aug. 22. Tickets will be available online via Ticketmaster.com, in person at the Duke Energy Center box office (2 E South St, Raleigh), or by calling PineCone's Box Office (M-F, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.): 919-664-8302. PineCone charges a flat, $5.36 per-order handling fee - no per ticket fees! Learn more about PineCone's ticket policies

Fletcher Theater at the end of the 2016 concert with I Draw Slow - band members stand together on stage smiling and looking toward backstage while the audience in the background gives them a standing ovation at the end of the concert.

Piney Woods Boys

The Piney Woods Boys share the music of Doc Watson in this special Labor Day weekend concert! To many, Doc Watson was the incarnation of Southern traditional music. His family’s musical traditions stretch back to British ballads and forward to bluegrass and beyond.  Some of the beloved songs in Doc’s repertoire were learned from the 78 rpm recordings of string band and blues musicians who were wildly popular in the South during the early 20th century. The Piney Woods Boys draw from the golden age of music that inspired Doc’s playing.

Piney Woods Boys from left to right: Margaret Martin (with guitar), Matt Haney (with fiddle), Wayne Martin (with guitar), and Jim Collier (with banjo). Trees and part of a building are visible in the background.

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