Saturday, September 28 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
"Stealing Fire" From 1st Generation Songwriters

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All songwriters hone their craft by stealing—well, borrowing!—techniques from master songwriters, then making them their own. Writers on this panel all learned from songs of first-generation bluegrass songwriters, and from earlier traditions that influenced those writers. In this participatory discussion, we’ll each offer a fresh listen—with songwriters’ ears—to a song by an admired earlier writer, then share a song of our own that echoes or answers that source.

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Mark Simos

Mark Simos is a respected songwriter and tunesmith, with songs and instrumentals recorded by many prominent bluegrass and progressive acoustic artists. Simos’ signature style blends deep grounding in traditional forms with contemporary lyrics and themes. Teaching at Berklee College... Read More →
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Laurie Lewis

Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She was a founding member of the Good Ol’ Persons and the Grant Street String Band. Laurie has performed/recorded since 1986 with mandolinist... 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 →

Saturday September 28, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601