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Join us for a BBQ reception and cash bar, followed by a musical performance by the Tony Award-winning North Carolina string band The Red Clay Ramblers who appears prominently in Pat Conroy’s novel Beach Music.

BBQ reception at  6:30 pm
Concert: 7:30 – 10:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)

“The Red Clay Ramblers set up on the riverbank and played their sweet music for hours at a time…. When the Ramblers began a set of beach music songs from the glory days of those long-ago Myrtle Beach summers, I put my chef’s toque down amid the plates of steaming pasta and ran out, with my apron flapping madly around my legs, and asked my mother for a dance.”—Pat Conroy, Beach Music

About the Red Clay Ramblers

Now in their 44th year, the Tony Award-winning Red Clay Ramblers are a North Carolina string band whose repertoire reflects their roots in old-time mountain music, as well as bluegrass, country rock, New Orleans jazz, gospel, and the American musical. The Ramblers have been guests numerous times on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and have appeared nationally with Jay Leno (NBC-TV “Tonight”), Harry Smith (CBS-TV “This Morning”) and Candice Bergen (ABC-TV “AM-America”). They have toured extensively in North America and in Europe, and have made four USIA concert tours, to eastern Europe, sub-Sahara Africa, North Africa and the Middle East. The Ramblers developed Kudzu: A Southern Musical, in collaboration with Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Doug Marlette, and staged the show at Duke in Durham, NC (Feb. ’98) and Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC (Mar.-June ’98).

The Ramblers’ show Fool Moon ran at the Geary Theater, San Francisco (Summer ’01) and their musical Lone Star Love: or, the Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas ran at the Ohio Theater, Cleveland, (Fall ’01). Their album Yonder was released August ’01, and the Ramblers made a national radio appearance on “Mountain Stage” (NPR) in 2002. They premiered Ramblin’ Suite with the Atlanta Ballet (Fall ’02); toured Rambleshoe nationally with Dayton’s Rhythm in Shoes (Spring ’03, Spring ’04); and released on CD the scores to both Rambleshoe and Kudzu.

The Ramblers’ ’04-’05 Off Broadway run of Lone Star Love earned Outstanding Musical nominations from both the Lucille Lortel Awards and the NY Outer Critics’ Circle, and the Original Cast Recording of the show was released January 2006 by PS Classics of New York. Their recording Fool Moon, the Music was released September 2007. The Red Clay Ramblers appeared with the North Carolina Symphony New Year’s Eve 2007, and Carolina Jamboree, their second ballet, launched by the Carolina Ballet in 2005, was reprised June 2008 and April 2013, and has been broadcast statewide numerous times over UNC Public Television. A CD of the Carolina Jamboree score was released in September 2014.

The Daily Advance calls the Ramblers’ CD Old North State “North Carolina culture at its best.” Premier acoustic music station WNCW salutes The Red Clay Ramblers as “the house band of North Carolina.” All over North Carolina, as well as from New York City to St. Louis to Vancouver Island, The Ramblers continue to carry the banner of string-band music far and wide, and with great joy and zest.

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This session is also included in the festival’s Weekend Pass and Saturday Pass.(Multi-session passes include free and ticketed events excluding workshops, cooking demonstrations, and tours).

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