Please join us on the porch for an exciting performance by Open the Door for Three! The trio, self-described as a “road-tested, audience-approved, high-octane, fist-in-glove, laughing-out-loud trio of Irish musicians,” consists of Liz Knowles, Pat Broaders, and Kieran O’Hare. The trio takes its name from an old Irish slip jig which they regularly perform. Liz has also assembled an impressive CV as a solo performer, appearing with the New York Pops, Cherish the Ladies, and the Celtic Legends.
Traditional blues and bluegrass performer Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton will open with songs and stories about the black roots of the banjo. This performance, which is free and open to the public, was made possible through the NEA-funded Black and Global Roots project, with support from Carolina Seminars and the Friday Center. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!
When self-described “North Carolina-born banjoist, fiddler, singer-songwriter and nomad” Joe Troop graduated from UNC and moved to Buenos Aires, says his bandmate Diego Sánchez, “he ruined everything.” Before that, Sánchez had claimed to be “the only banjo player in Argentina.”
Now the acoustic world-music duo is returning stateside for their first U.S. tour, funded in part by a Kickstarter campaign. Join us on the porch at the Love House for a blend of traditional North Carolina and Latin American music, inspired at Carolina and perfected 5,000 miles away. This event is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!!
Please join us at the Love House and Hutchins Forum for the opening reception of our fall art exhibit, “An Eye For Mullet,” co-sponsored by UNC Press and the Department of American Studies. These photographs, taken in a North Carolina mullet camp by Charles A. Farrell in 1938, were collected and curated by historian David S. Cecelski for an annotated photo essay that will (finally) appear in the Fall 2014 issue of Southern Cultures. “Our world today is so different than that of only a century ago,” writes Cecelski, “that few people can recognize even the most basic aspects of daily life and labor as seen in [these] photographs.” Yet the black-and-white images reveal “the changing nature of our relationship to the ocean and seashore.” You can listen to voices and stories from the Southern Oral History Program‘s “Coastal Carolina” series here.
To celebrate the issue’s release, we have invited Ricky Moore of Durham’s Saltbox Seafood Joint to serve up some of his signature sustainable seafood from the Carolina coast. We’ll also enjoy live music on the porch by Wayne Martin & Friends. The reception is free and open to the public, and $20 gets you “Fish and an Ish”: a plate of Ricky’s delicious seafood plus the Fall 2014 issue of Southern Cultures. We regret to inform you that this event is sold out!
Come help us kick off our 2014-15 Music on the Porch series with North Carolina hip-hop/funk rebels Shirlette Ammons and jocElyn Ellis. In addition to their groundbreaking solo work, both musicians are part of the Next Level hip-hop diplomacy program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and directed by UNC Music professor Mark Katz. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!
Shirlette Ammons is a Mt. Olive native and Durham-based poet and musician who also directs a youth arts program. Her recent projects include And Lovers Like, a collaborative album with the Dynamite Brothers, and Matching Skin, a poetry collection from Carolina Wren Press. Ammons’s debut solo album, Twilight for Gladys Bentley, updated and reinterpreted the unsung blues singer who defied sexual and gender norms while putting on some of the hippest performances during Harlem’s Jazz Age.
Charlotte-area singer/ songwriter jocElyn Ellis’s soulful voice and writing talent also combine for a powerful mix. jocElyn released her crowdfunded debut album, Life of a Hologram, in November 2013. She has performed around the world with Wyclef Jean, Everclear, and her previous band, The Alpha Theory. She recently launched a new songwriting project, The Apple Seed Society. Come see this amazing duo next Thursday!
Join us on the porch to hear bluegrass banjo player Carl Johnson, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses near Nashville, and friends including old-time fiddle and banjo player Joseph Decosimo of Durham, North Carolina as well as guitar and two-finger banjo player Jim Lloyd of Rural Retreat, Virginia.
Jim is the proprietor of Lloyd’s Barber Shop, a local gathering spot for collecting and trading tunes, stories, and songs. Carl and Jim have performed together at the Black Banjo and Fiddle Gathering in Boone, North Carolina, among other venues. This event is made possible with support from the Black & Global Banjo Roots project and the National Endowment for the Arts.