Folk Music

Mipso Packs The Lawn At American Tobacco

Aug 29, 2014
MIpso performed to a packed house at American Tobacco, 8/27/2014
Taylor Sharp / via Twitter

Graphic for 25th Anniversary Celebration for Southern Folklife Collection
UNC-Chapel Hill Southern Folklife Collection

  

The Southern Folklife Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill  has grown to contain more than half a million items, including sound recordings, moving images, photographs, posters and ephemera.

Bombadil's On The Lawn

Aug 14, 2014
Bombadil
http://bombadilmusic.com/

Bombadil, a trio from Durham, NC, are tonight's headliners for Back Porch Music On The Lawn.  The band, whose name comes from a character in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings," is kicking-off a late summer East Coast and Midwest tour in their "hometown."

NC Songwriters Play In The Round

Jul 25, 2014
Justin Robinson and Katharine Whalen
Will Michaels / WUNC

After years of national success, Katharine Whalen of the Squirrel Nut Zippers and Justin Robinson, formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, are taking a step back and looking for new ways to explore the folk music both have loved for years. 

The two North Carolina musicians are sharing the spotlight as solo artists in Songwriters in the Round at the Carrboro Arts Center next Thursday at 8 p.m.

They will be joined by two more local musicians on stage as they trade songs back and forth and play off of one another. 

A picture of Kym Register and Will Hackney.
Trekky Records

Kym Register and Will Hackney are back in the Triangle after a long stint on the road. The pair makes up the band, Loamlands, and they’re playing a homecoming show in Carrboro this weekend.

Folk Songs From The Soul

Jun 27, 2014
Marie Killen

For Skylar Gudasz, a whisper can resonate louder than a shout. The Carrboro folk singer has toured with national musicians in Big Star Third and collaborated locally with Spooky Woods. She showcases her soft, but powerful vocals and elegant songwriting in her upcoming solo album, Oleander.  

Bombadil
http://bombadilmusic.com/

  

Melodic rhythms and adventurous harmonies are hallmarks of the music of Durham-based folk rock band Bombadil. But the songs are more than their melodies; Bombadil’s songs are rooted in sentimental and witty stories about characters like caterpillars and bears.

WCQS

North Carolina transplant Don Pedi grew up just outside of Boston across the Chelsea River from Logan Airport in the sixties.

Don’s journey to the Tar Heel state includes one life-changing night at a coffee house, a spontaneous cross-country tour and a passion for the dulcimer. 

Today, he is fixture in the traditional music scene in western North Carolina and the Appalachian Mountains. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Pedi about traditional mountain music and western North Carolina.

Fiddler Bobby Hicks
Eric Mennel / WUNC

Bobby Hicks had no intention of playing fiddle as a kid. He was playing mandolin in a band with his brothers when one of them asked for some help.

"My brother had a friend he wanted in the band, but he couldn't play anything," said Hicks. "So he talked me into teaching him to play the mandolin, and then they fired me."

It was to all our benefit.

Soft Soap Purrings album cover, image of Bruce Piephoff
brucepiephoff.net

  

Bruce Piephoff's music draws inspiration from the Appalachian tradition of story and character-centered songs. The poet, guitarist and singer released a new album, "Soft Soap Purrings" earlier this year. 

Houndmouth's first album is From the Hills Below the City.
houndmouth.com

The members of Houndmouth, an Americana quartet, grew up in the small town of New Albany, Indiana. Their music draws from their roots and combines folksy narratives with more rugged rock. 

Left to right: Christian Adams - cello / Nathan Spain - drums / Peter Vance - guitar and vocals / Gabriel Reynolds - piano and vocals / Mary Koenig - vocals and auxiliary percussion / Eli Howells - violin
Morning Brigade / http://morningbrigademusic.com

    

Above Our Heads, the first album by Chapel Hill band Morning Brigade, took an in-depth look at love and relationships. Their second album offers an even more vulnerable examination of these themes. Songwriter and vocalist Peter Vance finds inspiration and catharsis in writing about his personal history and medical struggles.

Carolina Chocolate Drops Co-Founder To Leave Band

Nov 13, 2013
Carolina Chocolate Drops co-founders Rhiannon Giddens and Dom Flemmings
Carolina Chocolate Drops

Dom Flemons, a co-founder of North Carolina-based Grammy award winning string band The Carolina Chocolate Drops, will leave the band in mid-December following a series of concert dates. He will be starting a solo career. 

Elizabeth Cotten conducting a guitar workshop at the 1968 Newport Folk Festival
http://www.flickr.com/photos/63204614@N08/ / flickr

In the early 1900s in Carrboro, a young Elizabeth Cotten took her brother's handmade guitar from under his bed.

She started playing the instrument upside down - with her right hand on the fret and strumming with her left hand. The young woman went on to become a famous blues and folk musician. Next weekend, Carrboro will dedicate a historic marker to honor Cotton’s legacy and ties to the town.

Daniel and Lauren Goans of Lowland Hum
http://lowlandhum.com/ / Lowland Hum

    

Daniel Levi Goans is an experienced singer-songwriter with three solo albums. His wife Lauren used to sing harmony to his songs, but then they decided to become true collaborators, writing together under the band name Lowland Hum. Host Frank Stasio talks with the couple about their work and their new album Native Air.

Mandolin Orange On Last Motel

Aug 18, 2013
 Jeff Crawford, host Eric Hodge, Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz
Al Wodarski / WUNC

Mandolin Orange is a Chapel Hill-based duo combining the talents of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz. Mixing elements of folk and traditional elements with rock n roll and country music, their music is predominantly acoustic-based featuring guitars, mandolins, fiddles mixed in with various other instruments. Both Emily and Andrew grew up in North Carolina and their roots show in their songs.

Mandolin Orange have just released their latest.  It's called "This Side of Jordan." 

Andrew and Emily along with bassist Jeff Crawford dropped by the WUNC studios, checked into Last Motel, and chatted with Eric Hodge for Sunday's broadcast. They play some tunes in-studio from their new album.  You can hear the full interview and conversation Sunday night August 18 at 6 p.m. Here's a highlight:


Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley

Jun 18, 2013
Tom Dooley sign, Blue Ridge Parkway
Jan Kronsell, 2002 / Wikipedia, Wikicommons

On June 18, 1866, the body of 21-year-old Laura Foster was found in a shallow grave in Wilkes County, NC. Thomas C. Dula (Tom Dooley), a veteran of the Civil War, was tried, convicted and hanged on May 1, 1868, in Statesville, NC, for the murder.  Dula had fled to Tennessee before the discovery of the body.

Controversy surrounded the trial and conviction. The trial was covered widely in national papers including The New York Times. Dula is reported to have said on the gallows, “Gentlemen, do you see this hand? I didn’t harm a hair on the girl’s head.” 

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