PineCone (Piedmont Council of Traditional Music) and the North Carolina Museum of History partner to present nine free concerts a year. Music of the Carolinas concerts feature some of the state’s finest folk musicians and tradition-bearers. The concerts take place on Sundays, at 3 p.m., in Daniels Auditorium, at The North Carolina Museum of History, 5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh.
The tickets are free but required.
Free tickets will be distributed starting at 2 p.m. Also, you can reserve in advance by following the links below.
Shape Note Singers
December 9th, 2018
December’s Music of the Carolinas concert will be a bit different, as the Shape Note Singers of the Research Triangle will share this distinctive music in the Museum lobby.
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. Shape note singing began in Protestant churches in New England in America’s early years, and it survived in the rural South and became recognized as an American art form in the 1960s. Today, local singers still gather three times a month around the Triangle to share the music and fellowship of the Shape Note Sing. The Shape Note Singers meet the second Sunday of each month in Durham, the third Sunday of each month in Chapel Hill, and the fourth Sunday of each month in Raleigh. They also host an annual convention in March, drawing singers from across the state and beyond.
Sacred harp singing is another name for this style, referring to vocal cords; early practitioners of this musical style viewed vocal cords as the only instrument necessary. An 1844 songbook is titled Sacred Harp, which gives the music its name and helped it spread by using shapes (triangle, circle, square and diamond) to help singers identify the four notes used in each song.
A limited number of books will be available for anyone who wants to follow along.
HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE
This concert will fall during the Museum’s annual Holiday Food Drive for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC. Check out the list of the Food Bank’s “Most Needed Items,” and please consider participating while you’re at the Museum. You can also donate to the Food Bank online – For every dollar donated, the Food Bank can provide $10 worth of food or five meals!
Although this event is free to attend, the performers are paid. Please consider making a donation to the series when you reserve your tickets. Thank you!
Freddy Greene — Street Genie
January 13th, 2019
Jazz up your new year with a free concert featuring Freddy Greene – Street Genie and a band sure to have you dancing in the aisles! The Street Genie will perform with Bakru Hunsel (percussion), William Danny Ray (aka “Steele Will”) (drums), Stephen Klingman (guitar), and Rony Thomas (keyboard).
For those who have witnessed a live performance by Freddy Greene, it is apparent that there is, indeed, magic in the air as he blows his silky tunes. This energetic jazz/funk musician and composer weaves the smooth and mellow sounds of classic jazz with innovative funk. Born in Franklinton, NC, in what had once been a “juke joint” (The Chicken Shack), Greene was exposed to music and the art of performing at an early age. He recalls people joyfully dancing, playing instruments, and singing in the Chicken Shack. Greene was inspired by his mother, Flora, an artist and storyteller, and by his father, Isaac, who gave the budding artist his first official instrument – a trombone – at age 11. He later began playing bass guitar, and by the age of 15 he was playing with a local band. Greene took to the saxophone at 17. He pursued his musical calling by attending St. Augustine’s College (Raleigh, NC) and North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC). While maintaining his studies, he ventured into the world of street playing where he fine-tuned the art of street performing. From this art form, he acquired his alias, “Street Genie.” Throughout his musical career, Greene has played for diverse audiences, including those honoring politicians and international figures, among those was the beloved Desmond Tutu. Greene continued to compose and perform while mentoring at risk students at the Sally B. Howard School for the Arts and Education (Wilson, NC), teaching them to play musical instruments. Among his CDs are Heavy on My Mind; Street Genie; You Say, I Do; and most recently, Solo Dancer, all of which showcase the artist’s creativity, skill, and love for the craft. Greene is currently working on a new album due out next year. Although he performs in various venues, Greene continues to embrace his love for street playing, maintaining his humble connection with the public. For this artist, whether large or small venues, “All the world is a stage.”
February 10th, 2019
Donna Washington has been making her living telling stories for 30 years, and she is also an award winning author and recording artist. Based in Durham, she has traveled all over America and internationally sharing stories with audiences of all ages. She also teaches workshops, residencies, and master classes for storytellers of all ages. She has performed at thousands of schools & libraries and numerous storytelling festivals throughout the country. She has also been featured at numerous storytelling festivals including the 2004 National Storytelling Festival, The Illinois Storytelling Festival, The Three Rivers Festival, The St. Louis Storytelling Festival, The NC StoryFest, The Corn Island and Cave Run Festivals in Kentucky, and the Broward County Children’s & Ocala Storytelling Festivals in Florida – just to name a few. Washington received a 2002 Parent’s Choice Award for her first independent recording, Live and Learn: The Exploding Frog and Other Stories. The October 2004 edition of the ALA Booklist gave Washington’s second CD, A Little Shiver, a recommended review. It also won the 2004 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award and 2005 Storytelling World Honors. Her third CD, Fun, Foolery, and Folktales, also won the 2004 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award and a 2006 Storytelling World Honors. The Sword and The Rose has won an iParenting Media 2005 Excellent Product Award, a 2005 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award and a 2006 Storytelling World Award. All of her CDs have won 2005 Children’s Music Web Awards. Angels’ Laughter features poetry, stories, and songs.
March 10th, 2019
North Carolina native Trip Rogers has been entertaining audiences on the east coast of the U.S. for most of his life. He has performed Celtic music for more than 15 years (including the Celtic rock band Stirling Bridge), and his musical resume includes everything from southern rock to blues. With his dynamic stage presence, he brings to life story-laden songs of Scotland, Ireland, and Appalachia. A guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and entertainer by trade and passion, Rogers seamlessly moves among many musical genres with his trademark high energy, skill, and humor. Lynyrd Skynyrd’s southern rock and Eric Clapton’s guitar-driven blues laid the foundation for Rogers’ signature guitar style. From supporting international artists to engaging school children, Rogers is at home on any stage. Over the years, he has shared the stage with artists such as Leon Russell, Molly Hatchett, Billy Joe Shaver, Hal Ketchum, and Fred Eaglesmith, and he has performed in concert halls and at fairs and festivals all along the east coast. In addition to his solo performances, he also plays with Stirling Bridge, a hard driving, bagpipe-heavy Celtic rock band, and Raglan Road, an acoustic duo that fuses Celtic and bluegrass music.
Aloha Ka’naka O Hula Halau
April 14th, 2019
Aloha Ka’naka O Hula Halau is a Polynesian dance troup led by Kumu Auntie Kui’. They perform a variety of dance styles, including Maori, Hula, Tahitian, and more.They travel to perform at various locations in NC, including Wilmington and Jacksonville, as well as beyond North Carolina to places like Myrtle Beach and Virginia Beach each year for every Polyfest. They also participate in a multi-cultural festival at Fort Bragg. They are committed to sharing the Aloha spirit through music and dance.
May 12th, 2019
Sarah Osborne McCombie and Austin McCombie met because of music, and today they play old-time music together full-time as Chatham Rabbits. This husband-and-wife duo lives in a mill house in Bynum on the banks of the Haw River, the same house where a mill working family once lived and played music, and the husband from that family played as part of a mill-sponsored stringband that was known as The Chatham Rabbits. Sarah and Austin met in 2013 when he spotted her onstage at the Cat’s Cradle opening for Mandolin Orange. He didn’t know much about old-time music, and she didn’t know much about him, but they figured it out. This past summer, they decided to leave their corporate careers to take Chatham Rabbits full-time. Together they’ve played smoky bars and summer festivals; busked on the streets of Nashville ’til their voices wore out; put a tune to the love at their best friends’ wedding; and led churches in old-time hymns way past it was time for Sunday lunch. They are working with Robust Records (Mipso; Hank, Pattie and the Current) and will release their debut album in 2019.
Gowri Srinivas is a veena player and Carnatic classical music enthusiast in the RTP area. She was initiated to the veena by Sri M.V Krishnamurthy and later came under the tutelage of Vidwan D. Balakrishna in Bengaluru, India. Vidwan Balakrishna is the torch bearer of the Mysore Bani of veena playing. Gowri actively performs in community music programs and teaches veena. There are different types of veena used in different styles of music. The South Indian veena design, used in classical Carnatic music, is a long-necked, pear-shaped lute made primarily of wood. It has 24 frets, four melody strings, and three drone strings.
Shri. Sudhindra Rao, a seasoned mridangam and kanjira player, hails from an illustrious family of musicians. His grandfather, Vidwan Shri. Ugra Narasimha Charya, was a court musician in the royal Mysore palace and was an eminent Harikatha vidwan (storyteller/singer who is knowledgeable about Indian folklore, religious texts such as Ramayana or Mahabharata, Indian mythology and other literature). Sudhindra learned mridangam under Karnataka Kalashree Vidwan M.Vasudeva Rao. Sudhindra has been performing since age of 13 and has performed with several legendary Carnatic musicians and at prestigious music sabhas (festivals/assemblies) in India and in the United States. Sudhindra has performed as a graded artist, playing mridangam and kanjira for All India Radio Bangalore. Performing artists in India apply and obtain gradation with the All India Radio. This is a competitive audition process in which artists around the country are graded according to their performance quality. Sudhindra has also directed many percussion ensembles showcasing rare instruments and collaborated with western classical ensembles. Sudhindra started the “Laya Sinchana,” an organization promoting Laya (rhythm), and he has been teaching numerous children in mridangam and kanjira in Triangle area since 1997. Sudhindra founded “Hari Daasa Vaibhava,” a non-profit organization to promote Indian classical music, in 2017.
Samarth Rao started learning mrudanga at very young age from his father Shri.Sudhindra Rao and kanjira from Vidwan.Shri. Bangalore N Amrit. Samarth has performed at iCarnatic Summer festival in Chicago & iCarnatic Margazhi Festival in Detroit. He also has performed at Yuva Sangeetha Lahari and Brindavani, an annual youth festival at New Jersey. Samarth has been accompanying junior and senior artists on kanjira at various music sabhas in the United States and Bangalore. He has formed a youth Carnatic ensemble group called Laya Sinchana-Vadya Vrinda and has performed at many events; he is currently a sophomore at Enloe High School in Raleigh.