The Wailin' Jennys

Two years ago, the Canadian acoustic trio The Wailin' Jennys performed to a sold out house in Fletcher Theater. Because you demanded it, the Jennys are back for what is sure to be another evening of brilliant harmonies and meaningful lyrics. Soprano Ruth Moody (guitar, banjo, accordion, bodhran) and mezzo Nicky Mehta (guitar, harmonica, ukulele, percussion) are charter members who've anchored the Jennys since the first line-up formed in their Winnipeg hometown.

Allen Toussaint

Allen Toussaint is one of America's greatest musical treasures, and in August 2009 he was inducted into the Lousiana Music Hall of Fame. Singer, pianist, songwriter, arranger, and producer, the New Orleans native has been making hit records for more than 40 years. His indelible influence on American music reaches deep into the roots of rhythm and blues, pop, country, musical theater, blues, and jazz.

Big Medicine

Featured on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion in Durham last spring, this band plays string band music of the rural South: old-time melodies and mountain harmonies, ancient ballads and archaic fiddle tunes, heart songs, hollers, hymns, and a touch of early bluegrass--music of remarkable power, nuance and timeless appeal.

Songs of the Soul, featuring Teresa Fernandez, Ed Stephenson & The Paco Band

PineCone kicks off the new year with a free concert at the North Carolina Museum of History with the program "Songs of the Soul," featuring musicians Teresa Fernandez and Ed Stephenson & The Paco Band. This program explores the cultures of Latin America and Spain through music by offering a sampling of the distinctive sounds and textures of each culture.

The Grass Cats

Free and open to the public The Grass Cats show promises foot-stomping fiddle and banjo music, bluegrass classics, tight vocal harmonies, a capella style gospel quartets and chart-topping original songs. Though careful never to lose their traditional bluegrass footing, the Cats also perform cleverly arranged "covers" of songs from artists as diverse as Eric Clapton, Duke Ellington, Johnny Cash and The Who.

Chatham County Line

Free and open to the public Formed in Raleigh 10 years ago, the award-winning, Raleigh based Chatham County Line has traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe, winning awards in the bluegrass world and the singer-songwriter world. Dave Wilson, the band's lead singer and guitarist, does most of the group's songwriting.

The Swang Brothers

Free Concert Formerly Edsel 500, the Swang Brothers play traditional rockabilly, swing, & blues. The trio's influences include a range of musicians, from Chet Atkins, Elvis, and Englebert Humperdinck to Dean Martin, Gene Vincent, and Conway Twitty. Dave Quick: Acoustic guitar & vocals; FJ Ventre: upright bass and vocals; Eric Peterson: electric guitar

Big Fat Gap

Free Concert Big Fat Gap is a back porch bluegrass band that has no plans to take Nashville by storm. Some of them even have day jobs. They just like to pick, they like each other, and it shows in their performances, which are known to be excellent for those who enjoy sweet three-part harmonies, smoking solos, and captivating stage dynamics. They got their name from one of the few remaining stands of old growth virgin forest in western North Carolina, located in the Big Fat Gap in Graham County near the Tennessee border.

Red Stick Ramblers

Hard driving, witty, eclectic, and honest, the music of the Red Stick Ramblers is inseparable from their way of life and the rich Louisiana culture that first inspired them. My Suitcase Is Always Packed is their newest album on Sugar Hill Records. It is as much a travelogue as a sound recording, complete with audio snapshots of relentless all-night dances, laid back campfire sessions, dusty honky-tonks, and raucous family reunions.

The Kruger Brothers

Kruger Brothers performances are exciting, calming, entertaining and spontaneous, reflecting their sheer joy in playing music. Their virtuoso playing combined with the manner in which they interact with each other and with their audience makes every concert a unique experience. The Kruger Brothers' musical style defies definition, encompassing all styles of music through their personal individual development, classical European musical influences, and love of the American spirit.

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