Burning Coal welcomes back Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band to our MusiCoal 2014 series. The performance will take place Sunday evening, June 22nd at 7 pm at Burning Coal’s Murphey School, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. The concert will feature internationally-acclaimed guitarist Ed Stephenson with The Paco Band along with special guest, flamenco dancer Sarah Shelton.
Paco Band Bios
CAT ALBANESE As a native of Virginia Beach, VA, Cat Albanese got her start playing locally and touring nationally as a percussionist for various indie-label bands. Currently, she is the percussionist for Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band and Bull City Syndicate. Her original songs are showcased in a past project with American Manna entitled “The Story & The Score,” available on iTunes. Cat teaches piano at Neighborhood Academy of Music. Her favorite places are the beach and on a stage.
RYAN JOHNSON Ryan Johnson is a well-known guitarist and musician in the Raleigh area. He is a founding member of Blatant Disarray, a project he continues to perform with. Ryan has composed and recorded for Disney with his music on amusement park ride “Sum of All Thrills” at Epcot in Disney World. Discography: “Esencia” with Ed Stephenson & Inos Flamenca, “The Harbinger” and “Everyone Dies Alone” with Blatant Disarray, and “Gignesthai” with Dreamscapes of the Perverse.
HANNAH NEWBERRY Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, Hannah Newberry performs with Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band as a bassist, percussionist, singer, and guitarist. In addition to performing in the Paco Band, Newberry is also the singer and guitarist for the experimental punk band, Corporate Herpes, who organize their own shows all over the triangle area. She studies classical music and music theory, allowing her to expand her repertoire and perform with ensembles of various genres.
SARAH SHELTON After years of fascination and searching for classes, Ms. Shelton began her flamenco studies in Durham, North Carolina with Carlota Santana. Two years later she took her first trip to Seville, Spain to study the art form in its birthplace and focus on flamenco puro- the most traditional, gypsy style. In 2007 she returned to Spain for 8 months to study flamenco intensively. Her teachers include La Farruca, La Faraona, Angelita Vargas, Javier Heredia, and El Oruco in Seville and Cihtli Ocampo of Arte y Pureza in the United States. Ms. Shelton has been teaching and performing in North Carolina for years, in festivals, schools, restaurants, as well as with the North Carolina Opera and more recently with the Paco Band. Though passionate about flamenco dance, Ms. Shelton is a scientist by training with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in environmental science, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in biomedical engineering.
ED STEPHENSON Born in Toronto, Raleigh-based guitarist and Liscio recording artist, Ed (Stefanyshyn) Stephenson’s virtuosity extends throughout the Spanish and Nuevo Flamenco genres. In addition to performing throughout North America as a soloist and with his Nuevo Flamenco ensemble, the Paco Band, Stephenson has invested locally through performances with The North Carolina Symphony, The North Carolina Theater, The North Carolina Bach Festival, and The North Carolina Guitar Quartet. His extensive repertoire, ranging from classical to contemporary, assumes necessary flexibility, therefore accommodating any event.