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Tuesday, September 24 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Our Community, in Our Own Voices

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The Bluegrass community has always been more diverse than most people may assume. But that diversity isn't always as visible as it could be. Or should be. In this event attendees will participate in a series of round-table discussions, guided by a diverse array of hosts, with a goal of encouraging sincere exchange and an enhanced sense of community. All are welcome to talk, or just to listen.

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Jake Blount

Jake Blount is an award-winning old-time banjoist, fiddler, singer and scholar based in Washington, DC. Blount specializes in the music of Black and Native American communities in the southeastern United States, and in the regional style of Ithaca, New York. His teachers include Rhiannon... Read More →
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Jeremy Darrow

Front Country
From festival stages, to clubs, to the rarefied air of the Tibetan Plateau, bassist Jeremy Darrow travels the globe holding down low-end duties with rule-defying indy-folk quartet Front Country. Live and in the studio, Jeremy draws from the worlds of Jazz, Classical, and Pop music... Read More →
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John DeLuca

John DeLuca grew up in eastern North Carolina and has lived in Raleigh for the last 37 years. He is retired from work as an administrator and attorney in North Carolina State Government. In retirement, he continues to work to expand his limited musical skills. He has been a supporter... Read More →
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Sandy DeLuca

Sandy DeLuca grew up in western North Carolina and has lived in Raleigh for more than 35 years. She retired from a career as a teacher of blind and visually impaired students. She has sung in choirs for most of her life and now works to hone her skills on the mandolin. She has also... Read More →
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Cathy Fink

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
Cathy Fink is a TWO-TIME GRAMMY® AWARD WINNER, and half of the power duo, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer. She is the 2018 Appalachian Stringband Banjo Competition first place winner and in 1980 she became the first woman to win the West Virginia State Banjo Contest. She is an artist... Read More →
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Justin Hiltner

Justin Hiltner
Justin Hiltner is a banjo player and songwriter based in Nashville, TN. His debut record, Watch It Burn, made with co-writer Jon Weisberger, is out now. He is also Associate Editor for The Bluegrass Situation, where he co-founded and produces Shout & Shine, a showcase celebrating... Read More →
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Kara Kundert

Bluegrass Pride
Kara Kundert is the executive director of Bluegrass Pride, a Bay Area-based nonprofit devoted to nurturing and uplifting LGBT voices within the bluegrass and old-time music communities. In her spare time, she also practices mandolin, harmony singing, and amateur American musicology... Read More →
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Joe Newberry

Showcase Artist, Compton & Newberry
Joe Newberry is an IBMA Award-winning songwriter and musician.  A frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion, he was a featured singer on the 2016 Transatlantic Sessions, and at the Transatlantic Session's debut at Merlefest in 2017. The Gibson Brothers’ version of his song “Singing... Read More →

Tuesday September 24, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Raleigh Convention Center Room 305AB 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601