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Celebration of NC Songwriting:  Alice Gerrard, Tommy Edwards, Abigail Dowd, & Kirk Ridge

November 21, 2019  ·  Thursday * 7-9:30 pm * NO Cover

Celebration of NC Songwriting:  Alice Gerrard, Tommy Edwards, Abigail Dowd, & Kirk Ridge

Alice Gerrard
Alice Gerrard is known for her groundbreaking collaboration with Appalachian singer Hazel Dickens during the 1960s and ’70s when the duo produced four classic LPs.  A tireless advocate of traditional music, Alice has won numerous honors, including an International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Distinguished Achievement Award, a Virginia Arts Commission Award, the North Carolina Folklore Society’s Tommy Jarrell Award, and an Indy Award. Her 2015 album, Follow the Music was nominated for a 2015 Grammy. In 2017 Alice was inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame along with Hazel Dickens.


Tommy  Edwards
Tommy Edwards is lead singer and guitarist for The Bluegrass Experience, one of the Southeast’s most respected traditional music groups. Having performed professionally for over 35 years, Edwards was twice named World Champion Bluegrass Guitarist and has recorded or performed live with an array of bluegrass greats. He has recorded multiple albums with The Bluegrass Experience as well as several solo discs and is the host of Life 103.1’s “Bluegrass Saturday Night”.  Edwards currently plays solo gigs and with his group Carolina Lightnin’.


Abigail Dowd
When Abigail Dowd decided to become a singer-songwriter, she left her NC world and moved all the way to Maine. That was seven years ago, and when she came from Maine to Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities to do a residency, she stayed. People have said her music sounds like a collection of things: British folk, or nu folk, something hard to define, yet intimate.  On her new album, Not What I Seem, she steps through the looking-glass of not just her own story, but others’, as well, positing the notion that, sometimes, all any of us needs or wants is to feel heard and seen.


Kirk Ridge
Kirk Ridge’s songs have been featured on NPR’s Car Talk and Belfast’s Celtic Roots Radio.  His lyrics have been published in American Songwriter Magazine and he has written music for Cary Playwrights Forum productions.  Kirk is performance director for Durham CenterFest and hosts the weekly “Pass The Hat” live music radio show on WHUP. He also produces songwriters’ stages for the NC Songwriters Co-op statewide.  He continues to write new rock, blues, and folk material inspired by the world inside and out, performing with full band, small combo, and solo.