PineCone & the NC Museum of History present Stringband Music from the Carolina Piedmont | Oct 11

PineCone CD Release

DATE: Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009; 3 p.m.
VENUE: Daniels Auditorium, NC Museum of History, 5 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

PineCone’s first-ever CD release is happening this October, and it highlights some of the very best old-time, regional Piedmont stringband music. PineCone and the NC Museum of History will host a special pre-release concert at the Museum on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. as part of the Music of the Carolinas series. Artists confirmed for this special pre-release performance include Marvin Gaster (banjo; 2000 NC Heritage Award Winner), Evelyn Shaw (fiddle), Gerry Overton (guitar) and Glenda Overton (guitar & piano), Rich Hartness (guitar), Margaret Martin (guitar) and Wayne Martin (fiddle)

The richness of musical traditions of the eastern and central North Carolina Piedmont comes into sharper focus when these musicians are heard together. Fiddle and banjo music have long established histories in the region, as evident from the particular tunes played, the instrumental and singing styles employed, and from the stories about where and how the pieces were learned.

Marvin Gaster
Marvin Gaster

Titled “Going Down to Raleigh: Stringband Music in the North Carolina Piedmont 1976-1998,” the two-disc anthology CD is a collection of field recordings that highlight the distinctive music traditions of the Piedmont region, including fiddlers, banjo players and other instrumentalists and singers who learned their music from family and friends. The anthology includes full liner notes and documentary photos, and it was produced by PineCone in collaboration with the NC Arts Council, with support from the NEA. Proceeds from the CD sales benefit PineCone – the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, a non-profit arts organization based in Raleigh and celebrating its 25th Anniversary season this year.

Musicians featured in the collection are: Virgil Craven, Lauchlin Shaw, A.C. Overton, Leonard Eubanks, Marvin Gaster, Beth Hartness, Rich Hartness, Jack Jones, Smith McInnis, Robert Mitchener, Fred Olson, Gerry Overton, Evelyn Shaw, Joe Thompson, Odell Thompson, Wade Yates, Glen Glass, and Wayne Martin. These artists were recorded in the field by Bob Carlin, Barry Poss, and Wayne Martin.

Martin, one of PineCone’s original founders who is now the Folklife Director at the North Carolina Arts Council, said, “Discovering these musicians in the Piedmont who were under the radar screen prompted us to create PineCone so that more of our citizens would start to know our heritage.” Martin grew up in North Carolina but was unfamiliar with the Piedmont’s musical heritage in middle and high school. In the early 1970s he became acquainted with some of the musicians he later documented. “It was fiddlers and banjo players from this area who provided the inspiration for me to make recordings and later to help create PineCone.”

Martin plays fiddle and will be one of the musicians at the October 11 concert, which is free and open to the public. Program notes will be provided, and concert attendees will have the option to pre-order the two-CD anthology at the performance. Visit for additional information.

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