IBMA Wide Open Late Night Series
Kings & Guitartown Present The Gingersnaps (Billie Feather & Jodi Hildebran) w/ Ellis Dyson & the Shambles, Honey MagpieSaturday, October 1st
14 West Martin Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
$5 Suggested donation
9pm – doors
10pm – Honey Magpie
11pm – Ellis Dyson & the Shambles
12am – The Gingersnaps (Billie Feather and Jodi Hildebran)
Billie Marie Feather is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/ba
njoist/double bassist who originally hails from Johnstown, PA. Being brought up in the beautiful Pennsylvania mountains and surrounded by a family of avid music lovers, Billie’s love of performing music in all forms was fostered.
Saying goodbye to her childhood home in the mountains, Billie’s family relocated during her elementary school years to North Carolina, where she found herself surrounded by the rich musical landscape that flourishes in the Tarheel State – from the old traditional mountain music of the Appalachians to the Piedmont’s rich blues and jazz traditions. It was in her sixth grade year that Billie began saving for her first guitar by doing odd jobs and begging her parents for music lessons. Her parents finally gave into their daughter’s pestering for lessons and it happily grew into a lifelong passion of music performance and songwriting.
For her senior year in high school, Billie was accepted into the prestigious music conservatory at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Classical Guitar Performance, and remained there for her college studies. Billie has been a guest classical guitarist in The Carolina Wind Symphony, and has been able to perform all over North Carolina as both a solo artist and in classical guitar ensembles. After graduating in 2006, Billie expanded her musical studies by learning the double bass, electric bass, banjo, and mandolin.
Upon graduation, Billie founded a private teaching studio in Winston-Salem, NC and began performing upright bass in several local bands. Most notably, the bo-stevens (a North Carolina honky-tonk band) and The Darnell Woodies (an old-time Appalachian punk string band). During her tenure in these bands, Billie was able to tour the United States and Europe. While in Winston-Salem, she began studying stringed instrument repair at Separk Music. Eventually was asked to take a position in Chapel Hill, NC as instrument repair technician at Wes Lamble Guitars. Currently, she repairs for The Luthier’s Workshop and High Strung Violins and Guitars.
Upon relocating to Chapel Hill, Billie joined local honky-tonk country legend John Howie Jr. (of Two Dollar Pistols fame) in his newly formed band John Howie Jr. and the Rosewood Bluff on both electric and upright bass. Through this band, she was able to share the stage with country legend George Jones, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Dexter Romweber, The Backsliders, and several other notable acts. Billie can also be found fronting The P-90’s, a punk rock act whose members consist of her former students. Billie continues to teach and share her love of music with her students through her private studio and through guest lectures around the southeast and remains an accomplished songwriter playing her own unique mix of country, folk, and bossa nova. Currently, Billie attends North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC where she is working on her second undergraduate degree in Jazz Guitar.
Ellis Dyson & the Shambles
Ellis Dyson & the Shambles are a six-piece, Gypsy Swingin’ Dixie Jazz band from Chapel Hill known for their whiskey-soaked, foot-stompin’ sound and wildly explosive live shows. Their old-timey front porch vibe takes traditional music to the next level with masterful musicianship and an explosive live act. Bursting with exuberance and effortless expertise, this playfully hootin’ and hollerin’ act is guaranteed to bring the ruckus.
It all started when a young Ellis Dyson (banjo, vocals) came to see a jazz concert at UNC. It was on that fateful day that our Southern hero met a New Yorker named Danny Abrams (saxophone). They took this Northern and Southern fusion to the streets in town, playing some of Ellis’ earliest compositions. The band grew one by one, with the blistering speed and jazz prowess of Nathan Huvard (acoustic guitar), the steady thunder of Adam Maloney (bass fiddle), the fierce growl of the fiery Matt Hall (trumpet), and the dazzling dexterity of Jonathan Ng (fiddle).
The Shambles have taken their traveling circus all throughout North Carolina and the East Coast, from the late night stage at Shakori Hills Music Festival to the historic Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro and The Pour House in Raleigh. They have traveled up the East Coast to New York, westward to Knoxville, and south to Atlanta, and they show no signs of slowing down.
Honey Magpie is a folk band based in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Its members consist of Rachael Hurwitz on piano, guitar and vocals, Kati Moore on violin and vocals, Pippa Hoover on cello and vocals, Carl Bernock on lead guitar and banjo and Joe Ristaino on percussion. Honey Magpie’s music is a sweet blend of three-part vocal harmonies, supported by complex yet catchy string parts and piano riffs. This, layered with warm percussion, banjo and mandolin, create their unique sound. Though they consider themselves a folk band, each member contributes his or her own unique style and songwriting abilities. The band plans to record their debut EP later this year.
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