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2010-2011 Down Home Concert Series features Doc Watson, The Chieftains, Jake Shimabukuro and more

David Holt & Doc Watson

Doc Watson & David Holt kick off the 2010-2011 Down Home Series with their Hills of Home program.

What happens when traditional music meets modern culture? That’s what PineCone hopes to show you in the 2010-2011 Down Home Concert Series. It’s an entire season of music that demonstrates North Carolina ‘s musical history and how it adapts to today’s influences.

From Western North Carolina favorites Doc Watson with David Holt and Richard Watson to modern bluegrass all-stars Daily & Vincent to the Hawaiian ukulele of Jake Shimabukuro and the Irish rock of The Chieftains, this year’s artists take the audience on an extraordinary musical journey that extends from the Hawaiian Islands around to Ireland, but always comes full-circle to the foothills that we call home.

The Chieftains

The Chieftains, recognized as Ireland's Musical Ambassadors, have been bringing traditional Irish music to the world's attention for more than 40 years.

The six-time Grammy winning group is recognized as Ireland’s musical ambassadors, bringing traditional Irish music to the world’s attention for more than 40 years.

PineCone is honored this year to partner with Broadway Series South to present The Chieftains in MemorialAuditorium on March 13 to close out the Down Home Concert Series, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! In their 40 years together, these Grammy award winning musicians have continuously made the musical traditions of Ireland relevant and appealing around the world.

Other highlights of the series include:

November 12: North Carolina’s own Doc Watson returns to Raleigh with longtime friend and collaborator David Holt and his own grandson, Richard Watson, to share songs and stories of the mountains in Hills of Home. (sponsored by McCullers & Whitaker and Collegiate Capital Management)

January 7: A rare opportunity to see two musical virtuosos, Tim O’Brien & Bryan Sutton, perform as a duo.

January 26: Modern-day bluegrass all-stars Daily & Vincent return to Raleigh with an expanded repertoire that honors the original sound of bluegrass while pushing it in new directions.

Jake Shimabukuro

Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro brings his unique sound back to Raleigh.

February 12: Jake Shimabukuro graces Fletcher Theater with his exciting, innovative ukulele playing and compositions.

February 17: Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush will share some classic bluegrass numbers and his own trademark sound, while Alaska-based Bearfoot returns to the PineCone stage with their signature harmonies and inventive, bluegrass-infused music.

March 13: Paddy Moloney, THE CHIEFTAINS, and special guests close out the Down Home Concert Series in Memorial Auditorium just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! In their 40 years together, these six-time Grammy award winning musicians have continuously made the musical traditions of Ireland relevant and appealing around the world. (sponsored by Collegiate Capital Management)

Tickets go on sale on August 9. PineCone members can take advantage of a week-long pre-sale beginning on August 2. Learn how to become a member, or get more details on each performance on PineCone’s website, www.pinecone.org.

For more than 25 years, PineCone, the largest, most active folk performing arts organization in North Carolina, has offered a wide assortment of music programs to the Triangle community. While the majority of PineCone’s annual programs focus expressly on the music and musicians of the Piedmont region, the Down Home Concert Series showcases artists from around the state, nation, and globe whose music finds connection and expression here. PineCone is a resident company at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. PineCone members can begin reserving tickets for the 2010-2011 Down Home Series on August 2, and it’s easy to join – online, by phone or by mail. Visit www.pinecone.org or call the office at 919-664-8302 for complete details. The Irregardless Cafe and Boom! Magazine are in-kind sponsors of this year’s Down Home Concert Series.

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