Celebration of NC Songwriting: Tommy Edwards, Laurelyn Dossett, Crystal Bright & Kirk Ridge
January 30, 2020 · Thursday * 7-9:30 pm * NO Cover
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’.
Laurelyn Dossett has partnered with Triad Stage’s Preston Lane on four plays featuring regional folklore and original music and performs regularly with Rhiannon Giddens. Dossett’s song “Anna Lee” was featured on Levon Helm’s Grammy-winning record, Dirt Farmer. She is a regular performer at regional music festivals such as Merlefest, a guest on the Prairie Home Companion, a writer and performer with the North Carolina Symphony, and was the 2009-10 recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship for songwriting.
Award winning singer/songwriter and ethnomusicologist Crystal Bright, performed with the North Carolina Symphony in 2011 on an arrangement of her song “Toy Hammer”. She was named Best Singer in 2012, Best Songwriter in 2014, and Best Musician in the Triad in 2015 by Greensboro’s Yes Weekly. Her visual collaborative album with DividingMe Photography, The Absolute Elsewhere (Nov. 2014), and Muses and Bones (2012) have both received radio airplay on NPR and BBC. Her most recent album, Staring at the Sun, takes you on a sonic journey through the evolution of her genre-spanning sound.
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. Ridge 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 performing with full band, small combo, and solo.