This year's series begins with The Kruger Brothers on Saturday, Feb. 27.The North Carolina-based Kruger Brothers’ musical style defies definition, encompassing all styles of music through their personal individual development, classical European musical influences, and love of the American spirit. Combine it all together and the result is what can only be described as new American music.
Kruger Brothers performances are exciting, calming, entertaining and spontaneous, reflecting their sheer joy in playing music. Their virtuoso playing combined with the manner in which they interact with each other and with their audience makes every concert a unique experience.
Born and raised in Switzerland, Jens and Uwe Kruger caught the folk music bug as children when their father brought home records from his trips to America. The brothers have been performing professionally since 1973.
After playing for 20 years throughout Europe in various styles and venues, Uwe on guitar and Jens on banjo, the brothers met bassist Joel Landsberg and invited him to join them, and the three musicians formed the acoustic trio audiences around the world know as the Kruger Brothers.
Since 1997, Uwe, Jens, and Joel have appeared regularly in the United States at numerous festivals, including such prestigious events as Merlefest, Doc Watson Music Fest, Wayne Henderson Festival, Walnut Valley Festival, Greyfox, Festival of the Bluegrass, Wings and Strings, IBMA, Festival for the Eno, Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival, and WEFest. Performances at hundreds of arts council and theater concerts plus appearances on national and international radio and television have earned the Brothers the love of audiences and the respect of the music industry worldwide.
They have performed with many popular artists, including Willie Nelson, Bela Fleck, Doc Watson, Ricky Skaggs, Gillian Welch, Nickel Creek, Bill Monroe, Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, Vassar Clements, Alison Brown, and Vince Gill, among others.
Since moving to North Carolina permanently in the fall of 2003, the Kruger Brothers, along with their technical director Philip Zanon, who manages their record label, Double Time Music, Inc., have concentrated their efforts on performing year-round throughout the United States.
One of the highlights of their career was in June 2007 when they performed with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra to present the world premiere of "Music from the Spring: A Romantic Serenade for Banjo, Guitar, Bass & Orchestra." Jens wrote the orchestral score for this world premiere, fulfilling a lifelong ambition. The concert was a tremendous success, and was recorded for DVD (currently being edited for release later this season).
It was through the collaboration with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra (BSO) that the Kruger Brothers first met Susan Jonason, BSO Executive Director. Susan was instrumental in providing the Krugers with opportunities in Maine to perform and promote the new work. She also worked with many of her local colleagues to develop a pilot program for students that combined the Kruger Brothers performing with regional fiddling groups throughout central and western Maine during the 06-07 school year.
They have 15 albums out, including their latest album, "Between the Notes," which was released in the spring of 2009.
A few tickets are still available. Tickets are $25 for the general public, or $20 for PineCone members. To order your tickets, call the Holly Springs Box Office at 919-567-4000, or order online at www.etix.com.
The Listening Room Series began in 2008 as a partnership between PineCone and the Town of Holly Springs. With a mission to preserve, present and promote traditional music, PineCone is a non-profit organization that presents more than 100 music events each year, including concerts, participatory music sessions, a weekly radio show on 94.7 WQDR, and more. Most of PineCone's programs are free and open to the public.
The Listening Room Series features national and up-and-coming artists in an intimate 200-seat theater that offers the audience an up-close and personal listening experience.
"This series allows us to offer listeners the opportunity to hear established traditional musicians and up-and-coming artists in an excellent listening room environment in Holly Springs," said William Lewis, PineCone's Executive Director.
Other concerts coming up in the series:
Saturday, April 10
Red Stick Ramblers
Hard driving, witty, eclectic, and honest, the music of the Red Stick Ramblers is inseparable from their way of life and the rich Louisiana culture that first inspired them. This performance will showcase the Ramblers' unique hybrid of Cajun, country, stringband, and swing influences that have kept the group at the very forefront of a new generation of Louisiana roots musicians who are reinventing their tradition while remaining deeply aware of their heritage.
Saturday, June 19
The Claire Lynch Band
Back by popular demand, the Claire Lynch Band is high on the bluegrass world's A-List, with musicians whose accolades include International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year and two Grammy nominations for Best Bluegrass Album (Claire); two IBMA Guitar Player of the Year awards (Jim Hurst); and two IBMA Bass Player of the Year awards (Mark Schatz).
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PineCone—the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, is a private, nonprofit, charitable membership organization dedicated to preserving, presenting and promoting traditional music, dance and other folk performing arts.