Music of the Carolinas

Since 1998, PineCone and the North Carolina Museum of History have partnered to present the Music of the Carolinas series.

This is a series of nine FREE concerts featuring some of the state's finest folk musicians and tradition bearers. This series utilizes program notes, lecture-demos, and film screenings in addition to performances to educate audiences about various cultural art traditions that have grown in North Carolina or taken root here over the years. These concerts are free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. Free tickets for these concerts are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 2 p.m.

The 2016-2017 series is in the process of being booked - please check back soon for details, or sign up for PineCone's Concert Reminders e-newsletter to have these and other concert announcements delivered directly to your inbox!



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

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

NCCU Jazz Ensemble

The NCCU Jazz Ensemble is the top big band of the University's two large ensembles. The Jazz Studies Program at North Carolina Central University is under the leadership of saxophonist/flutist Ira Wiggins. NCCU was the first university in North Carolina - public or private - to offer the Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies, initiated by jazz trumpet legend Donald Byrd in the late 1970s. (NCCU Jazz Ensemble Photo Credit: Steven Bromberg)

African American and Caucasian students, male and female, all in matching red coats and blue slacks (and the men all in white shirts with collars and neckties). Front row musicians play saxaphones; back row musicians play trombones.

Kamara Thomas & the Night Drivers

Kamara Thomas writes musical tales culled from American songlines and dreamtimes. Her songwriting draws from a wide swath of classic country and rock -- echoes of Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, and Tom Petty co-mingle with the folk sounds of spirituals, hymns, mountainsong and Lucinda Williams-esque originals. Thomas performs with her band The Nightdrivers -- Steve Anderson (drums), Sarah Dawson (backup vocals), Nathan Golub (bass), Gordon Hartin (pedal steel), and Tim Shearer (guitar) -- out of Durham, North Carolina.

Kamara Thomas headshot/promotional photo; she is seen from the shoulders up in a black top with the sun reflecting off her skin as she looks off to the right; bare tree limbs decorated with round purple ornaments are above her head, and out of focus trees are visible in the background.

The Lang Sisters Band

The Lang Sisters Band of North Carolina features the award-winning sister duet of Chloe and Jessica Lang, who have immersed themselves in Appalachian, bluegrass and folk music, and they are excited to join forces with Sam Stage and Jef Walter for this performance. Well known throughout the thriving Triangle and Piedmont music scene, these musicians enjoy sharing their passion for this music with audiences of all ages.

The Lang Sisters Band standing on the front porch steps outside a door of a house with a grey brick facade, with the words "THE LANG SISTERS BAND" above the door frame in red. Front left: Jessie Lang - a young woman holding a mandolin; back left: Jef Walter stands holding up his upright bass on his left side; back right: Sam Stage holds his fiddle; front right: Chloe Lang holds her guitar. All 4 are smiling.
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