Barrel Room Concert – Morris Family Band – Saturday, 3/18/17 – 7:30 pm

We are pleased to bring back The Morris Family Band to the Stonefield Cellars Barrel Room.

Get your (day after) St. Patrick’s Day fix with this wonderful band that plays Celtic tunes and more. 

Tickets are $15.  Advance ticket purchase is recommended as our Barrel Room seating is limited.  Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone at (336)-644-9908 & in person during regular business hours (Thurs-Sat 12-6pm &Sun 1-6pm) See below for online ticket purchase option. If you are coming with others it is advised to purchase all tickets in one transaction to facilitate seating together.

Beverages and Food:  Stonefield Cellars wines, craft beers, and snack items (crackers and cheese and locally made gourmet chocolates) are available for purchase.  If you would like to bring in your own snacks that is fine, but outside beverages are always prohibited.     Note: During our summer concert series (Friday Flavors Concerts)  we have a food vendor present and both outside beverages and food are prohibited. 

Barrel Room Concert Etiquette Reminder:  This concert is held in our intimate barrel room and is intended to be a listening experience.  Audience is expected to be respectful of the artist’s performance and their listening neighbors, so loud talking and cell phone use is discouraged.

 

Barrel Room Concert – Newberry and Verch – Thursday, 3/16/17 – 7:30 pm (door opens at 7:00)

We are pleased to bring back Joe Newberry  to the Stonefield Cellars Barrel Room – but this time he is accompanied by fiddle master and step dancer April Verch!  

Joe Newberry is a Missouri native and North Carolina transplant who has played music most of his life. A frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion”, Joe performs in a duo with Mike Compton, and also performs with guitarist Jon Shain. Another special side project pairs Joe with old-time music legends Bill Hicks, Mike Craver, and Jim Watson. He was recently a featured singer on the Transatlantic Sessions tour of the United Kingdom. http://joenewberry.me/wordpress/

Fiddler, singer, and stepdancer April Verch knows how relevant an old tune can be. She grew up surrounded by living, breathing roots music and decided early she wanted to be a professional musician. She took that leap, and has been quietly leaping into new, nuanced places for more than two decades. Moving from exuberant stepdancer to fiddle wunderkind and silver-voiced singer. Verch keeps the community-fired celebratory side of her music at the forefront, honing a keen awareness of how to engage contemporary listeners. http://aprilverch.com/

Together, Joe Newberry and April Verch are masters of their traditions. Tunes, ballads, step dancing, and original songs by way of Canada and the Ozarks ring like silver and shine like gold. With beautiful harmony singing, breathtaking instrumentals, and exquisite dancing, these two hit the stage in perfect rhythm, making audiences remember why this music existed in the first place.

Tickets are $15.  Advance ticket purchase is recommended as our Barrel Room seating is limited.  Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone at (336)-644-9908 & in person during regular business hours (Thurs-Sat 12-6pm &Sun 1-6pm) See below for online ticket purchase option. If you are coming with others it is advised to purchase all tickets in one transaction to facilitate seating together.

Beverages and Food: Stonefield Cellars wines, craft beers, and snack items (crackers and cheese and locally made gourmet chocolates) are available for purchase. If you would like to bring in your own snacks that is fine, but outside beverages are always prohibited.     Note: During our summer concert series (Friday Flavors Concerts) we have a food vendor present and both outside beverages and food are prohibited.

Barrel Room Concert Etiquette Reminder: This concert will be held in our intimate barrel room and is intended to be a listening experience. The audience is expected to be respectful of the artist’s performance and their listening neighbors, so loud talking and cell phone use is discouraged.

Songwriter Sunday – Local Songwriters Perform in our Barrel Room

Host Kris Ferris

Songwriter Sunday – $5.00 Cover charge (tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance –  we recommend in advance because our Barrel Room Seating is limited.. see below for online ticket option, or call 336-644-9908).

Come enjoy some wine & live music by the best of our local songwriting talent! Kris Ferris hosts this performance melange, with each singer/songwriter performing his or her songs in the round. They will also take you behind the scenes and learn what inspires their compositions, the stories behind the songs and the process of song writing through each songwriter’s eyes and experience. It is an interactive event and audience participation is encouraged (but please be respectful and don’t converse with your neighbor while the artists are speaking or singing).

 

Songwriters featured  3/12/17

Dave Cecil

Dave Cecil started writing on the piano at age 6. Putting notes together just seemed to make sense to him. He began writing lyrics shortly after and while secretly playing one of his brother’s guitars he wrote his first song. Through the years he has developed a style all his own and totally original. Dave now on his 3rd record, plays & performs his original style of music regularly throughout the Southeast in collaboration with guitarist Jack King.

 

 

Abigail Dowd

Singer/songwriter Abigail Dowd grew up under the longleaf pine trees in North Carolina and comes from a long line of musicians. She taught herself to play the guitar at age 14 and went on to study classical guitar with Danny Infantino.

In 2009, with a duffle bag and her guitar, Abigail moved to Florence, Italy, and then to Maine, where she spent five years writing songs and developing her own style. Her bluesy voice has been described as “at once strong and generous in its vulnerability.” Abigail has written and performed music for the cultural theater performance Bleeding Pines of Turpentine as well as for documentary film and shorts.  Her debut album Don’t Wake Me was released in January 2017. 

Benjy Johnson

Songwriter Benjy Johnson has been writing, producing and playing music for over 20 years.  He has released 3 records of original material over 15 years under the band name Benj-o-Matic and written scores of songs that didn’t make or to those band releases. His latest release is with his band The Sonic Prophets.  All his releases are avilable on iTunes and all digital media outlets.  He owns and operates Earthtones Recording Studio in Greensboro NC and serves as co-writer, engineer and producer on many fine releases from there.  Visit benjyjohnsonmusic.com and earthtonesrecording.com 

 

Bobbie Needham

Songwriter Bobbie Needham grew up in Greensboro for the most part but left after graduating from UNC/G. After years away she’s back to find that Greensboro is “…just full of music” and that it is so good to be home. Realizing the vicarious musical life provided by her musician daughters would end as they fledged, Bobbie began playing guitar, singing and eventually writing her own songs. Initially drawn to country, honky-tonk and bluegrass, she has edged her way into her current favorites – blues and swing. Inspiration comes to her “from odd words found in crossword puzzles, comments overheard by hopefully discrete eavesdropping and ideas wafting through the clouds just waiting to be noticed and claimed”. Bobbie also says that “Sharing the “aha!” realizations that come with time just on the off chance it might save someone else some missteps is the best part. Sometimes singing it aloud makes things clear in a way speaking cannot.”

High Lonesome Strings Monthly Meeting – Concert and Jam

High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association presents The Rorrer Family  in Concert 2:30 – 3:30 pm  (Bluegrass Jam follows, pick till we close at 6:00 pm!) –

This event is open to High Lonesome Strings Members and Prospective Members.  Feel free to come and listen, and if you play, bring your instrument for the jam! 

Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are available for sale.  

About The Rorrer Family

Doug Rorrer grew up in Eden, North Carolina listening to his great-uncles Charlie Poole and Posey Rorer on old 78s on his father’s old Victrola. He cut his musical teeth on Poole’s music. His guitar “heroes” were Roy Harvey of Poole’s band, Riley Puckett of the Skillet Lickers, and a local guitarist, Gene Meade, who played in the Puckett style. Doug cites Doc Watson as one of his present day inspirations. Over the years, Doug has been fortunate enough to learn from and play with the likes of Norman Woodlieff, Lonnie Austin, and Buck and Alice Easley. Austin and Woodlieff played fiddle and guitar respectively with Poole’s North Carolina Ramblers. Doug has taught guitar workshops and performed at the Augusta Heritage Festival in Elkins, WV; the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival in Ferrum, VA; MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC; the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, WA; the Alaska Folk Festival in Juneau, AK; the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival; and the University of Chicago Folk Festival, among others. Doug and Taylor performed on a tour of England and Scotland in July of 2001 and also June of 2003. They also performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. June 25-29 of 2003. They were also featured (as a part of the Hungry Hash House Ramblers) at the 2004 Celtic Connections Festival at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, Scotland, where they performed with Archie Fisher and Martin Stephenson.  Along with his late wife, Kathy, he started Flyin’ Cloud Records and recording studio, which specializes in old-time, bluegrass, and other traditional acoustic music. He still keeps the label/studio in operation. 

Doug’s son, Taylor Rorrer is keeping the family’s musical tradition alive. Taylor has become an accomplished musician in his own right. He draws his influences from Poole’s music and also contemporary musicians such as Norman Blake, Tony Rice, and Doc Watson, among others. Taylor has also become an accomplished at fiddle, old-time Poole style banjo, and numerous other instruments. He is a 4th generation musician in the Rorrer family and is the only Rorrer to take up the fiddle. Taylor played with and learned from fiddler, Lonnie Austin who was a member of Poole’s North Carolina Ramblers. He has released the CD, Playing Poole, which pays homage to Charlie Poole. 

 Courtney Rorrer is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Originally from Stoneville, NC, she now makes her home in Madison, NC with her husband Taylor and son Ben. She is actively involved in the local music scene. Courtney plays fiddle and sings with the bluegrass group Alan Bibey and Grasstowne. Rorrer began to delve into music by singing and playing at local churches with her family’s gospel group “The Burroughs Family”. Entering local fiddler’s conventions eventually led her to front the bluegrass group, Broken Wire. After releasing one album with Broken Wire, Rorrer went on to sing harmony and play fiddle for five time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Dale Ann Bradley and was able to add two Grand Ole Opry performances and a Daughter’s of Bluegrass recording to her belt. Rorrer has performed on many stages and won 2nd place in the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest in 2016. Currently, she performs with Alan Bibey and Grasstowne throughout the year as well as solo shows with her husband Taylor Rorrer and at many churches with her husband and her sister, Amy Wilson.    Together, Doug, Taylor and Courtney form The Rorrer Family Band, a hybrid of bluegrass and oldtime music. For this group, a plethora of musical influences and experiences come together to create a sound like no other.

For Information about High Lonesome Strings visit:  http://www.highlonesomestrings.org

 

Soup & Sing – Potluck Dinner and Jam Session

Soup & Sing – Potluck Dinner and Jam Session

Location: Stonefield Cellars Winery

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Reservations for Soup and Sing are Required – Please call 336-644-9908. Soup & Sing is a combination pot-luck dinner, jam session, and folk gathering for local musicians/singers and music lovers that harkens back to a time when there were no radios or TVs and music was what we made together, face to face, an essential part of our soul as necessary as the food that nourished our bodies.   Many different genres of music may be represented during the evening (bluegrass, celtic, blues, folk, rock, gospel, etc.), but usually it is acoustic (we do mike vocals though, so singers can be heard).  If you are not a musician but are a friend or family member of a musician or are a Friend of Stonefield Cellars that loves wine and music, you are welcome to come.   We appreciate your support of local music and local wine!  (Wine sales provide the financial support to make this event possible.)

Large Parties/Groups Policy:  Due to our policy to preserve the intimacy of the gathering and the need to stay within our capacity limit, Soup & Sing is not an event for large private parties or groups (more than 6 people in a single party/group).   We do however rent our barrel room for private parties and we can provide you with contact info re: bands for hire.   We also hold barrel room concerts and outdoor music events at the winery during which we can provide concert/festival seating for large groups.

If you are interested in attending, RSVP at 644-9908 or email nwurz@stonefieldcellars.com.  You will be given more details about the evening.

Soup & Sing – Potluck Dinner and Jam Session

Soup & Sing – Potluck Dinner and Jam Session

Location: Stonefield Cellars Winery

HN1A7919

Reservations for Soup and Sing are Required – Please call 336-644-9908. Soup & Sing is a combination pot-luck dinner, jam session, and folk gathering for local musicians/singers and music lovers that harkens back to a time when there were no radios or TVs and music was what we made together, face to face, an essential part of our soul as necessary as the food that nourished our bodies.   Many different genres of music may be represented during the evening (bluegrass, celtic, blues, folk, rock, gospel, etc.), but usually it is acoustic (we do mike vocals though, so singers can be heard).  If you are not a musician but are a friend or family member of a musician or are a Friend of Stonefield Cellars that loves wine and music, you are welcome to come.   We appreciate your support of local music and local wine!  (Wine sales provide the financial support to make this event possible.)

Large Parties/Groups Policy:  Due to our policy to preserve the intimacy of the gathering and the need to stay within our capacity limit, Soup & Sing is not an event for large private parties or groups (more than 6 people in a single party/group).   We do however rent our barrel room for private parties and we can provide you with contact info re: bands for hire.   We also hold barrel room concerts and outdoor music events at the winery during which we can provide concert/festival seating for large groups.

If you are interested in attending, RSVP at 644-9908 or email nwurz@stonefieldcellars.com.  You will be given more details about the evening.

Songwriter Sunday – Featuring Kris Ferris

Songwriter Sunday – $5.00 Cover charge (tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance – see below).

Come enjoy some wine & live music by one our favorite local songwriters, Kris Ferris. Kris will kick off the first “Songwriter Sunday”* at Stonefield Cellars Winery.  This event will be held in our intimate barrel room.

Many of you have heard Kris doing cover tunes in various venues, but fewer have heard his own compositions. Come enjoy some of our signature wines, relax and listen to Kris perform some of his many original songs covering much of his music career which has spanned 42 years.

*Songwriter Sunday is a new local music event hosted by Stonefield Cellars Winery and emceed by Kris Ferris.  If you are a songwriter interested in learning more about this event, come to this one and you will be given more info about future Songwriter Sundays.

 

Tunes on Tuesday – High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Jam

 

Stonefield Cellars hosts the  High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association Jam – 7:00 -10:00 pm

– Members and prospective members welcomed! If you have

questions about this event, contact Natalie at 336-689-4071.

For more information about High Lonesome Strings, visit

http://www.highlonesomestrings.org

Bring your instruments or just come to listen – either way, it’s always a

great time! Wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages are for sale during

the session.

 

Photo by Levi Austin

Soup & Sing – Potluck Dinner and Jam Session

Soup & Sing – Potluck Dinner and Jam Session

Location: Stonefield Cellars Winery

HN1A7919

Reservations for Soup and Sing are Required – Please call 336-644-9908. Soup & Sing is a combination pot-luck dinner, jam session, and folk gathering for local musicians/singers and music lovers that harkens back to a time when there were no radios or TVs and music was what we made together, face to face, an essential part of our soul as necessary as the food that nourished our bodies.   Many different genres of music may be represented during the evening (bluegrass, celtic, blues, folk, rock, gospel, etc.), but usually it is acoustic (we do mike vocals though, so singers can be heard).  If you are not a musician but are a friend or family member of a musician or are a Friend of Stonefield Cellars that loves wine and music, you are welcome to come.   We appreciate your support of local music and local wine!  (Wine sales provide the financial support to make this event possible.)

Large Parties/Groups Policy:  Due to our policy to preserve the intimacy of the gathering and the need to stay within our capacity limit, Soup & Sing is not an event for large private parties or groups (more than 8 people in a single party/group).   We do however rent our barrel room for private parties and we can provide you with contact info re: bands for hire.   We also hold barrel room concerts and outdoor music events at the winery during which we can provide concert/festival seating for large groups.

If you are interested in attending, RSVP at 644-9908 or email nwurz@stonefieldcellars.com.  You will be given more details about the evening.

Tunes on Tuesday – High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Jam

 

Stonefield Cellars hosts the  High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association Jam – 7:00 -10:00 pm

– Members and prospective members welcomed! If you have

questions about this event, contact Natalie at 336-689-4071.

For more information about High Lonesome Strings, visit

http://www.highlonesomestrings.org

Bring your instruments or just come to listen – either way, it’s always a

great time! Wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages are for sale during

the session.

 

Photo by Levi Austin