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Pinecone Announces 2015-2016 Down-Home Concerts

All concerts will take place in Fletcher Theater in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. Tickets go on sale to PineCone members on Tuesday, July 14 at 10 a.m. and to the general public on Tuesday, July 21 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be ordered via PineCone’s box office by phone (919-664-8302), online at, or in person at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts box office.

Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina music and musicians have influenced and been influenced by musicians around the world for centuries, and this season, we’re celebrating some of the musicians and music traditions that have inspired and been inspired by North Carolina music:


The Gibson Brothers – Fri., Oct. 30, 2015, 8 p.m.

The Gibson Brothers were the first brother duet to earn IBMA’s Entertainer of the Year Award when they received it in 2012, and they proved it was no fluke when they repeated the achievement in 2013. That same year, they also won the Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year (“They Called It Music”) and Eric was named the Songwriter of the Year. In 2012, they also earned the “Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year” award for “Singing As We Rise.” Both of these award-winning songs were co-written by NC’s own Joe Newberry, a frequent collaborator with The Gibson Brothers. They’ve continued to build on the momentum of their success with last year’s release on Rounder Records, Brotherhood, an homage to the brother duos that have inspired them since childhood. They chose 15 songs from country, bluegrass, and early rock ‘n’ roll brother acts, including some who will be familiar to most listeners, such as Phil & Don Everly, Charlie & Ira Louvin, Jim & Jesse McReynolds, and Carter & Ralph Stanley. Brotherhood also features covers of songs recorded by some lesser-known acts, including the Blue Sky Boys, the Church Brothers, and the York Brothers. Don’t miss your chance to hear this exciting, entertaining band in Raleigh’s intimate Fletcher Theater this fall!

The Kruger Brothers – Sat., Jan. 9, 2016, 8 p.m.

Last year, The Kruger Brothers premiered their stunning new concerto, Lucid Dreamer, to a capacity crowd at IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass, presented by PNC. This year, they will be part of that festival again with a set at the Red Hat Amphitheater, but in the new year, you have the opportunity to see them perform in Raleigh’s intimate Fletcher Theater. Brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger were born and raised in Europe, but they were so influenced by American music, particularly the music of North Carolina’s Doc Watson, that they moved to the U.S. in 2002 and now make their home in Wilkesboro. Along with bass player Joel Landsberg, a native of New York City who had an extensive musical upbringing in classical and jazz music, they formed a trio that has been playing professionally together for two decades. Their virtuoso playing combined with their interactions with each other and with their audience makes every concert a unique experience. And their original music, composed by Jens Kruger (Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame inductee and 2013 recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass & Banjo Music), draws on a rich cultural palette, celebrating the best of what music can be: exciting, engaging, intelligent, and delightful.

An Evening with Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul, & Mary) – Fri., Jan. 22, 2016, 8 p.m.

Peter Yarrow’s talents as a creative artist—both with the legendary trio Peter, Paul & Mary and as a solo performer—are frequently directed at using music to convey a message of humanity and caring. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs from Peter, Paul & Mary, including “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done,” “Light One Candle” and “The Great Mandala.” As a member of the renowned musical trio, Yarrow has earned multiple gold and platinum albums, as well as numerous GRAMMYs. Yarrow and his bandmates played a central role in bringing the folk renaissance of the 1960s to the hearts and homes of the American public, influencing music and musicians of future generations for many years to come.

Mipso – Fri., Jan. 29, 2016, 8 p.m.

The renegade traditionalists of Mipso – Jacob Sharp on mandolin, Joseph Terrell on guitar, Libby Rodenbough on fiddle, and Wood Robinson on double bass – are doing their part to take four-part harmony and Appalachian influences into new territory. Since coming together as a band in Chapel Hill in 2010, these four North Carolina songwriters have wandered off the path blazed by Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson to find a new clearing for their southern string band sound. In 2014, Terrell won Merlefest’s prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest with his original tune “Angelina Jane is Long Gone.” And Rodenbough joined the band full-time after graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill. Earlier in 2015, the band released a two-song EP, Faces, which features a song written by Rodenbough and one co-written by Terrell and Sharp. They have a new full-length album due out in the months ahead, too. (Photo Credit: Leon Godwin)

I Draw Slow – Fri., Feb. 26, 2016, 8 p.m.

I Draw Slow’s most recent album, White Wave Chapel, is a creative progression for the Ireland-based roots band. Irish music has a long, rich history of influencing old-time music and related styles, and with I Draw Slow, you’ll see the influence come full circle, as this Irish band’s sound is rooted in the style of the Appalachian mountains and the traditions of Irish music, while incorporating all that’s great about modern Americana. I Draw Slow is a five-piece outfit comprising vocals, guitar, fiddle, banjo and double bass. (Photo Credit: Dara Munnis)

North Carolina Heritage Awards Ceremony – Wed., May 25, 2016, 8 p.m.

The North Carolina Heritage Awards, a program of the North Carolina Arts Council, returns to honor our state’s masters of the traditional arts. PineCone partners with the Arts Council again this year to produce a ceremony that includes virtuoso performances and the stories of the artists designated as our state’s living cultural treasures. Performances by past honorees such as Doc Watson, Etta Baker, John Dee Holeman, Joe Thompson, Bobby  Hicks, Bill Myers and others have made past ceremonies memorable. We’ll announce the 2016 honorees later this year. Reserve your seats for a show that celebrates five masters of the state’s traditional arts in a unique concert and awards presentation.

PineCone presents concerts year-round in a variety of venues in Raleigh, Cary, and Wake Forest, and occasionally elsewhere in the Triangle, too. PineCone is also the producer of IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass, presented by PNC. In addition to concerts, PineCone also helps promote the PineCone Bluegrass Jam, which meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at the Busy Bee Cafe and is sponsored by Terrapin Beer Company; a weekly Irish music session at Tir na nOg in Raleigh; a shape note sing, which meets in Durham on the second Sunday of each month and in Raleigh on the fourth Sunday of each month; and the weekly PineCone Bluegrass Radio Show that airs every Sunday evening on WQDR 94.7-FM.

More information about all PineCone programs, as well as details about Down Home Concerts ticket prices and links to reserve tickets when they go on sale, is available online at or by calling 919-664-8333.

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