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Celebration of NC Songwriting: Alan Barnosky, Alexandra Valladares, Barry Gray, Kirk Ridge, Mary Johnson Rockers

June 28, 2018  ·  Thursday * 7pm * NO Cover

Celebration of NC Songwriting – June 28, 2018

Alan Barnosky is a North Carolina-based guitarist and singer-songwriter proudly nestled within the realms of bluegrass, folk, and country blues, writing songs and flatpicking melodies with admiration and respect for the American roots traditions of years past.   www.alanbarnosky.com

Alexandra Valladares was inspired by her family of Latin folk singers and musicians in Honduras. She is the artist-in-residence at the Durham Senior Center and is the music teacher at the Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center through the Arts For Life program. www.facebook.com/vidalexandra7

Barry Gray is a member of the locally successful family band, Graymatter and also plays with The Bennys, a Chapel Hill based band.  Barry is winner of the 2016 Triad  Music Festival Songwriters Standoff and one  the recipients of the 2017 NC Arts Council grant. www.graymatternc.com

Kirk Ridge has had music featured on NPR’s Car Talk and Belfast’s Celtic Roots Radio.  His lyrics have been published in American Songwriter Magazine, he has written music for Cary Playwrights Forum productions, and hosts “Pass The Hat” live music radio on WHUP.  www.kirkridgemusic.com

Mary Johnson Rockers ranges from soft twang with impeccable harmonies to driving rock rhythms, drawing in fans of indie, folk and country alike. Her new band Nantahala makes harmony-rich music that draws from mountain roots, soul, and modern country.  www.nantahalamusic.com