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The ArtsCenter in Carrboro Reveals 2019-2020 Performance Season

Bombino

The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina has announced its 2019-2020 Performance Season, featuring a wide range of over 20 locally and nationally acclaimed artists and partners.

The ArtsCenter’s 2019-2020 Performance Season includes: Joan Osborne, Keller Williams, Leahy, Bombino & Vieux Farka Touré, John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band, Alash with special guest Shodekeh, BeauSoleil Cajun Christmas, Susan Werner, Dom Flemons, Manhattan Short Film Festival, Alice Gerrard with Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, Kim So Ra: A Sign of Rain, Tannahill Weavers, the Holiday Circle Show and Carolyn Adams, as well as local partner events like PopUp Chorus, Transactors Improv and No Shame Theatre.

The programming for this Season explores the concept of “Global Roots” and features performers who represent and re-invent traditional musical styles from a variety of regions and cultures. One such artist is Kim So Ra, a modern master of the janggu (a Korean double-headed drum), who will appear at The ArtsCenter on September 22nd as part of her debut United States tour. For her performance A Sign of Rain, she is joined by fellow drummer Hyun Seung Hun, as well as Lim Ji Hye (on the gayageum or Korean zither), and Lee Hye Joong (on the piri or Korean bamboo oboe). This ensemble presents fluid, onomatopoetic textures from their instruments, creating an immersive aural tapestry that evokes the power, delicateness and ephemerality of a sudden rainstorm.

From the highlands of the Asian steppe, award-winning Tuvan ensemble Alash will return to The ArtsCenter for the first time since their acclaimed performance as part of The ArtsCenter’s inaugural 2016-2017 Performance Season. These masters of xöömei, or Tuvan traditional throat singing, blend Eastern and Western instruments and influences with the haunting overtones of throat singing for an experience that has to be witnessed to be believed. They are joined for their performance on October 26th by Shodokeh, a Baltimore-based beatboxer and vocal percussionist.

From the arid regions of Niger and Mali, Bombino and Vieux Farka Touré will present two contemporary interpretations of the fiery guitar style of the Sahara desert. Vieux Farka Touré was a standout performance and cover artist of the 2017-2018 Performance Season, dazzling his audience with virtuosic, highly danceable guitar grooves befitting an artist often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara.” The Sons of the Sahara tour sees him join forces with Niger’s Bombino, the Grammy-nominated young guitarist quickly making a name for himself globally with his sunny blend of Tuareg blues and contemporary style. The two will perform songs both together and separately on October 13th.

The 2019-2020 Season lineup also features household names like singer-songwriter Joan Osborne (famous for her 1990’s MTV super-hit “One Of Us”) on February 9th, and master of loop-based fingerstyle guitar wizardry Keller Williams on December 6th, as well as aa American roots music from North Carolina’s living legend of old-time and bluegrass Alice Gerrard, accompanied by rising stars Allison de Groot on banjo and Tatiana Hargreaves on fiddle on September 21st.

“American Songster” Dom Flemons, a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, will bring his musical talents and repertoire of over 100 years of American traditional music to The ArtsCenter on March 20th. Celtic supergroups Leahy (March 13th) and the Tannahill Weavers (April 25th) represent the traditional folk music of Ireland and Scotland with their majestic harmonies and driving rhythms.

As part of The ArtsCenter’s continued commitment to providing high-quality arts programming at an accessible price point, tickets to over half of the performances on the 2019-2020 Season cost less than $25, and over a third cost less than $20. Tickets can be purchased at artscenter.live/2019-2020Season.

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An Instructive Representation of Black Cowboy Music

Dom Flemons – Black Cowboys

 

Dom Flemons – Black Cowboys (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2018)

Celebrated multi-instrumentalist, singer and musicologist Dom Flemons, a founding of the seminal Carolina Chocolate Drops, explores and honors the African American cowboy songs of the Old West.

Dom Flemons used poems, rearranged traditional songs and composed new material using a mix of American folk, country and other American roots music forms.

On Black Cowboys, Dom Flemons is joined by various blues and folk musicians from the Washington Dc area as well as members of the Squirrel Nut Zippers.

Dom Flemons played a wide-range of musical instruments from various traditions: 6-string banjo; background vocal; cow “rhythm” bones; fiddle; fife; Fraulini Angelina 6-string guitar; Fraulini Angelina 6-string guitar-banjo; Mexican guitarrón; harmonica; Hawaiian guitar; kazoo; mandolin; marching bass drum; original Hound Dog resonator guitar; Plectrum 4-string banjo; quills (musical instrument); recitation; snare drum; Stella 12-String Guitar; upright bass; and vocals.

 

 

Flemons’ earlier recording include Prospect Hill (Music Maker, 2014) and American Songster (2009).

The extensive Black Cowboys CD booklet contains a history of black culture in the American West, details about the songs, vintage photos and biographical information about the artists.

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Artist Profiles: Dom Flemons

Dom Flemons

Dom Flemons is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. He plays a wide range of musical genres including old-time, blues, country, string band, rock, and jazz. As a member of the influential string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, Flemons toured throughout the world and performed at high profile venues.

Even though he has studied music independently for the past years Flemons continues to study with elders in the North Carolina community. Flemons has met and played with traditional music artists such as Joe Thompson, John Dee Holeman, Mike Seeger,  Greg Wilson, John Hammond, Lightnin’ Wells, Algia Mae Hinton, Odetta Jools Holland, Don Vappie, Cheick Hamala Diabate, Marty Stuart, Sharon Jones, Alvin “Youngblood” Hart, Boo Hanks and has played on stage with Old Crow Medicine Show.

In November 2013 Dom Flemons left the Carolina Chocolate Drops to pursue a solo career.

Discography:

Dona Got a Ramblin’ Mind, with Carolina Chocolate Drops (Music, 2006)

The Great Debaters soundtrack, with Alvin Youngblood, Hart Sharon Jones, and Teenie Hodges (Atlantic, 2007)

Dance Tunes Ballads & Blues (Music Maker, 2007)

Heritage, with Carolina Chocolate Drops (Dixiefrog, 2008)

Carolina Chocolate Drops & Joe Thompson live at MerleFest 2008, with Carolina Chocolate Drops (Music Maker, 2009)

Genuine Negro Jig, with Carolina Chocolate Drops (Nonesuch, 2010)

Carolina Chocolate Drops and Luminescent Orchestrii (Nonesuch, 2011)

Buffalo Junction with Boo Hanks (Music Maker 148, 2012)

Leaving Eden, with Carolina Chocolate Drops (Nonesuch, 2012)

Prospect Hill, (Music Maker, 2014)

Buffalo Junction, with Boo Hanks (Music Maker, 2015)

Selection of Ever Popular Favourites, with Martin Simpson (Fledgling Records, 2016)

website: www.domflemons.com

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Superb World Music and Roots Programming at Savannah Music Festival 2017

Earls of Leicester
Earls of Leicester

The Savannah Music Festival 2017 will present an impressive set of world music and American roots sounds. The festival will take place from March 23 to April 8, 2017.

The lineup includes acclaimed Québécois traditional ensembles Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan; Canary Island timple (a small Spanish guitar) maestro Germán López; Dom Flemons; Foghorn Stringband; Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms; cellist and vocalist Leyla McCalla; Haitian vodou drum and dance ensemble Chouk Bwa Libète; dobro maestro Jerry Douglas with celebrated bluegrass band the Earls of Leicester; Molsky’s Mountain Drifters; Irish accordionist Máirtín O’Connor; Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie; Holt & Coleman; banjo player Noam Pikelny; Sufi singer Sanam Marvi; 80-year-old virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal; mandolinist Danilo Brito’s choro quintet; Edgar Meyer & Mike Marshall; and admired Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha with an original score for the 1930 Dovzhenko silent film, Earth.

Tickets to the 2017 festival are available online at savannahmusicfestival.org, by phone at 912-525-5050 and in person at 216 E. Broughton Street in Savannah.

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