Traditional Concert Series at Tyler-Tallman Hall
In conjunction with Bill Lawing’s “Music of Southern Appalachia” course, the Music Department of Davidson College offers the Traditional Music Series every year with a concery each month, January – April.
2019 Upcoming events Include:
- January 31 - Zoe & Cloyd, 7:30 pm. John Cloyd Miller and his wife, Natalya Zoe Weinstein, may be unequalled as contemporary interpreters of traditional music. A grandson of Jim Shumate (NC Folk Heritage Award fiddler), Cloyd’s background is deeply rooted in North Carolina. Zoe’s musical heritage is equally deep, but in jazz and Klezmer in her native Massachusetts. Together, their style combines original folk, old-time, bluegrass and country in a wonderfully original tapestry.
- February 19 - Cedric Mangum & Company, 7:30 pm. Experience the massed trombones of the African-American shout band tradition, led by master trombonist and teacher Cedric Mangum, with an interlude of songs from a gospel vocal quartet. Dr. Tom Hanchett, recently retired as Staff Historian with Levine Museum of the New South, will be our emcee for the evening.
- March 21 - The Whitewater Bluegrass Company, 7:30 pm. An ensemble that has worked together for over thirty-five years, the Whitewater Bluegrass Company is a pure as bluegrass gets, including jokes as corny as they come. Five master musicians from Western North Carolina make up this musically and technically flawless ensemble.
- March 23 - Traditional Music of the Carolina Piedmont Square Dance and Concert. Arrive at 4:00 pm and enjoy a, free to the public, Square Dance on the patio of the Sloan Music Center. Elliott Skeen is the dance caller with musical performers Junior Harris, Vivian Pennington Hopkins, Ashley Carder. The 7:00 pm showcase features the music of various traditional Piedmont artists including banjoist Clint Barwick, fiddler and guitarist Ashley Carder, fiddler Junior Harris, and bassist and traditional dancer Vivian Pennington Hopkins. Throughout the evening, this coterie of veteran musicians will be performing tunes and songs from the ballad, string band, blues, and bluegrass traditions, weaving the rich musical tapestry of the Carolina Heartland.