Allan and Rick Spinney were born in Ontario, Canada, in the mid 1960s. Even that far north, the sound of southern bluegrass and country music caught fire, especially with Allan, at an early age.
The brothers are now based in Nova Scotia and along with mandolin player Gary Dalrymple and bassist Terry Portier they tour and record as The Spinney Brothers. And, on an early October evening in 2014 they played before an appreciative WUNC audience at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.
They were nominated for IBMA's Emerging Artists of the Year in 2013 even though the brothers have been playing together professionally since the early 1990s. They have been praised for their tight "brother harmony" and for their deep-rooted bluegrass style.
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, and Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers also performed at the WUNC event on October 1, 2014. All four artists' concerts were later featured on WUNC's Back Porch Music.
The IBMA selected Raleigh as its home in 2013 and will remain in the capital city through 2018. The event includes dozens of venues and hundreds of concerts across the area, including Wide Open Bluegrass, in addition to a business conference and trade show hosted at the Raleigh Convention Center.