Music of the Carolinas

Since 1998, PineCone and the North Carolina Museum of History have partnered to present the Music of the Carolinas series.

This is a series of nine FREE concerts featuring some of the state's finest folk musicians and tradition bearers. This series utilizes program notes, lecture-demos, and film screenings in addition to performances to educate audiences about various cultural art traditions that have grown in North Carolina or taken root here over the years. These concerts are free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. Free tickets for these concerts are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 2 p.m.

The 2017-2018 series is in the process of being booked - please check back soon for details, or sign up for PineCone's Concert Reminders e-newsletter to have these and other concert announcements delivered directly to your inbox!



Strictly Strings

If you missed Strictly Strings at Wide Open Bluegrass, or you just didn't get enough of them there, don't miss your chance to see them in Raleigh one more time, kicking off the Music of the Carolinas. Strictly Strings is an Appalachian old-time band born in Boone from an old-time fiddle class in the Junior Appalachian Musicicians (J.A.M) Program, instructed by Cecil Gurganus. Strictly Strings has been together for three successful years, and they are well on their way to many more. They perform locally, at festivals, private gigs, contra dances, and radio shows.

Members of Strictly Strings standing outside: l to r: a young woman in a dress & jean jacket holds a fiddle & bow vertically in front of her; a young man in jeans & a shirt w/sleeves down to his elbows holds a mandolin in playing position; a young woman in a sundress stands beside an upright bass; a man w/a beard wearing jeans & a long-sleeved shirt holds a guitar vertically in front of him by its neck; a young man wearing a hat & vest holds his banjo resting its head on the ground. Trees behind them.

Matthew Tooni

Matthew Tooni is a member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. He has played an active part in the community as both a storyteller and flutist. Tooni is also part of the Medicine Lake Traditional Dancers, which branched from the original Ravenrock Dance group created by Elder Walker Calhoun. In addition, Tooni is a former cast member of Unto These Hills, the long-running outdoor drama depicting three centuries of Cherokee history, performing key lines in the Cherokee language and contributing flute to the production.

Matthew Tooni wearing a collared shirt, vest, and tie. His hair is close cropped, and he has some facial hair, mostly on his chin, also close cut.

The Magic of African Rhythms: BalanKora: A Harvest of Memories

The Magic of African Rhythms share the beauty and spirit of Kwanzaa through music and stories. The sounds of the balan and kora - griot instruments from West Africa -  reconnect audiences to distant traditions. Kwanzaa is a seven-day festival that celebrates and teaches about the Seven Principles (Swahili: Nguzo Saba) of African culture which contribute to building and reinforcing family, community, and culture among African American people as well as Africans throughout the world African community.

Two percussionists and a dancer share the stage: the dancer, on the left, is facing in toward the percussionists (right should toward audience), standing up on her toes, barefoot. She is leaning forward, arms stretched with energy to her sides, and she is smiling. One percussionist plays a pair of different drums with sticks, facing the audience; the other percussionist faces in toward the dancer, and he is playing a djembe with his hands. He is also smiling. All 3 wear different styles of African garb.
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