Our fourth annual series of hot sounds in the summertime at Burning Coal. Join us one Sunday evening of each month, from May to October, to experience new music that is exhilerating, fresh and unlike anything you’ve heard before!

Callaghan


Sep 12, 2015

$12  Only at the door

callaghan-a-history-of-now-imageCALLAGHAN IS BACK!  Burning Coal’s favorite British Folk Rock Singer, Callaghan, returns for a fourth year to cap off our 2015 MusiCoal Summer Concert Series.  Join us for this very special night in celebration of Callaghan’s just released second studio album, A HISTORY OF NOW.  Tickets $12.  You’ll want to stay around after, meet Callaghan, and buy lots of CDs and merchandise from this rising star from across the Pond who now calls Nashville her home.

Originally from the UK Callaghan moved to the USA in summer 2010 to record and tour with Grammy- Nominee Shawn Mullins and has been playing live and building her audience ever since.  Callaghan plays piano and guitar and delivers a stunning vocal which earns frequent comparisons with artists like Sarah McLachlan and Emmy Lou Harris. Her songwriting chronicles the stories, experiences and emotions which are part of everyone’s lives.  A long-time Shawn Mullins fan, she contacted the Atlanta singer-songwriter through MySpace, and after being knocked out by her music he agreed to a rare collaboration. Callaghan left her London digs and boarded a plane headed for the American South.

Her debut album, Life in Full Colour was tracked in and around Atlanta with Mullins both producing and playing on the record. It released in summer 2012 to a great reaction.  The Huffington Post describes the album as “joyful listening”, while InLiveMusic says “Callaghan’s voice is stunning, clear and perfect for the story telling of her songs”.  Since then Callaghan has been on the road touring with artists including Shawn Mullins, Ed Kowalczyk, Matthew Perryman-Jones and more. She’s now headlining shows across the USA.

A HISTORY OF NOW was entirely fan funded via Pledge Music and was produced in Nashville by Dennis Matkosky. The new record showcases Callaghan’s gift for melody and impactful songwriting in a collection which ranges from uplifting, exuberant anthems to poignant, mesmerizing ballads.  .

For free music please visit www.callaghansongs.com

To download a free 6 song EP please visit www.callaghansongs.com

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

http://youtu.be/zsmhzOiNQbA

 

Past Productions & Events

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Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band


Jun 22, 2014

$10  at the door

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.

Estimated run time: 2 hours.

Gregg Gelb


Sep 22, 2013

Gregg Gelb and the Second Line Stompers are a NEW band based in the Raleigh area that plays New Orleans Jazz –  sometimes described as Early Jazz, Dixieland or Traditional Jazz.  Each player comes from many years of experience playing in and leading numerous different musical groups in the region, such as: Gregg Gelb Swing Band, Dave Wright and the King Rippers, Atomic Rhythm All Stars, Countdown Quartet, Squirrel Nut Zippers, North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Dick Gable All Stars, and the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra. The group has authentic New Orleans roots through Greg Cagle, our cornetist, who grew up listening to live performances in his house by authentic Traditional Jazz players in New York/New Jersey area and Steve Wing, our pianist, was born in New Orleans where he grew up listening to jazz funeral bands and learned to play piano from his mother, the late composer and producer Lee Wing.

Gregg Gelb, clarinet            
Greg Cagle, cornet and vocals
Dave Wright, trombone and vocals    
Steve Wing, piano and vocals
George Knott , bass            
Dave Albert, drums


Cornetist Greg Cagle was born into a family of jazz fans in New Jersey, and was immersed in New Orleans music and lore from birth.  He taught himself to play at 13 after summers of listening to some of the great New Orleans jazzmen jamming in his parents’ living room in the early 1950s.  Over the past 40 years he has performed with jazz bands throughout the southeast, toured Germany with the USAir Dixieland Band, promoted jazz concerts and festivals, and lived his childhood dream by performing with the likes of Art Hodes, Al Cohn, Maxine Sullivan, Dick Hyman, Ralph Sutton, Kenny Davern, Wild Bill Davison, Milt Hinton, and Spiegle Willcox.  He has lived in Cary since 1982. 

Steve Wing was born in New Orleans where he grew up listening to brass bands and other Crescent City jazz forms.  He first learned piano from his mother, composer Lee Wing, and later studied with jazz greats Mary Lou Williams and Yusef Salim.  Steve plays jazz as well rhythm and blues, rock, and other musical styles.  He has recorded and performed with vocalists Bus Brown, Melva Houston, and Frankie Alexander.  He lives in Chatham County, NC.

Dave Wright. “I’m a trombone player and a vocalist from Charlotte, NC.  I went to East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte and East Carolina in Greenville.   I’ve been in Raleigh since 1992.   Recorded with the Tonebenders in 98, Countdown Quartet in 1999, 2001 and 2003, Squirrel Nut Zippers (Bedlam Ballroom 2000).  Played a long time around Raleigh for weddings, parties, swing dances, bars and clubs.   I’m a big fan of early and current New Orleans music.”

George Knott, upright string bass and tuba. George graduated from Broughton High School and East Carolina University and his Raleigh roots go back seven generations.  He leads the Atomic Rhythm All-Stars.

David Saleeba Albert, drums, a native of Noblesville Indiana, started his musical career in Elizabeth City, North Carolina playing Trombone, Flute, Bassoon and Percussion in the High School Band. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston Mass during which time he was also a studio drummer. He finished his Music Education Degree at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC and became the Conductor of the Band Program in Elizabeth City. Ten years later, he moved to Raleigh, NC, where he was selected to start the Band Program and Chair the Arts Department of Leesville Road High School. Mr. Albert has mentored with Buddy Rich and performed with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra as well as with Butch Miles, Joe Ascione, Milt Hinton, Don Menza, Buddy Baker, Vincent Herring and Tommy Newsome. Mr. Albert was a student of the “Tonight Show” drummer, Ed Shaughnessy. Dave was a member of the Dick Gable All-stars.

GREGG GELB is a saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger, composer, educator and band leader.  He began the Second Line Stompers this year and loves it! Gregg also is founder and player/director of the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Society, co-founder and player/arranger with the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, director of the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble, plays and directs his eight-piece Swing Band, his La Fiesta Latin/Jazz Ensembleand performs with an 11-piece jazz group, Quintessence. He is a recipient of a Jazz Composers Award from the North Carolina Arts Council.  He has performed as saxophone soloist with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra on many occasions. He was a Visiting Artist in the North Carolina Community Colleges and he has taught music in universities and public schools throughout North Carolina. Gregg grew up in New York and moved to NC in 1979 to teach in the Wake County Schools and he now lives in Sanford.

Children of the Horn


Aug 4, 2013

MusiCoal presents a concert by Raleigh-based Children of the Horn (COTH). COTH combines influences from soul jazz, funk, rock, R&B, and world music. With a front-line of horns, COTH performs original compositions that range from super-syncopated funk and Latin to swaggering New Orleans Second Line to classic Motown-inspired grooves. Tickets: $10 tickets available at the door, Murphey School Auditorium, Sunday, August 4, 7pm.

 Audiences of all ages find COTH to be highly entertaining. Their arrangements and skillfully improvised solos have earned the band opportunities to share the stage with artists such as Dirty Dozen Brass Band, P-Funk, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. COTH are North Carolina Arts Council Touring Artists. Known for their regional festival appearances, past engagements includes South Carolina Jazz Festival, Shakori Hills Festival, Centerfest, Cary Lazy Daze, World Beer Festival, Peak Fest, Beaufort Music Festival, and Matthews Alive among others.

 

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

Emma White


Jul 28, 2013

Emma White is a pop singer-songwriter, musician, dancer, actress from Baltimore, MD. She now splits her time between LA/Nashville (mainly), New York & Baltimore writing & recording her next album and performing. Emma studied at the world renowned Berklee College of Music. Her music is heavily influenced by Pop, Soul music, Country and R&B – creating a unique blend in Pop music. A vocalist first, Emma also plays piano, guitar and drums.

Favorite Artists & Influences: Justin Timberlake, Dixie Chicks, Carole King, Usher, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Taylor Swift, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini

“Emma White’s pop-savvy vocals and sugary groove ooze unabashed hope and undeniable promise.” – BMI

Victoria Lee and New Ground


Jun 9, 2013

$10  General Admission/Available at the Door

Introducing an upcoming group of extraordinarily talented young adults that performs a variety of hard driving and energetic, Bluegrass and Country hits from Raleigh, NC!

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIjPYM1vFSs&list=FLYc0CmDnk0NgsTDPZ66Y55w&index=1