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 is Back!


Apr 12, 2017

$12  Available at the door or by calling 919.834.4001

This show is Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 at 7 pm

callaghan-apple-tree-session (1)“Breathtaking…absolutely incredible” is how BBC London’s Gaby Roslin described a recent live performance by Callaghan.

Burning Coal Theatre is happy to announce the return of Callaghan for her fourth concert here in the last four years.  Come see why we keep bringing her back!  

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.

Playing piano and guitar she 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 produce her debut album.  She left her London digs and boarded a plane headed for the American South. Life in Full Colour was tracked in and around Atlanta and released in summer 2012 to a great reaction. The Huffington Post described it 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 headlining her own shows all across the USA.

Her latest studio album, A History of Now, was entirely fan funded via Pledge Music and produced in Nashville by Dennis Matkosky. Since its release in April 2015 it’s earned praise on both sides of the pond. BBC Radio 2 have playlisted three singles from the record and Daytrotter and Sirius XM’s Coffee House station have featured her live in session. 

Summer 2016 sees the release of the live album Callaghan’s Acoustic Coffee House featuring guitarist Mike Gallagher and cellist Okorie Johnson in a live Nashville session. Reviewing her live Nashville show US magazine No Depression said “her extraordinary voice truly sets the music apart…nothing short of stunning”.

For free music please visit www.callaghansongs.com

 

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW3ImRlT4xE&feature=youtu.be

 

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Boylan Brass


Oct 16, 2016

$10  Available only at the door

Boylan Brass
Comprising some of Raleigh’s best symphony musicians, freelance performers, and educators, the Boylan Brass are privileged to bring decades of collective experience to every musical activity. If you’re already a member of our community, our gratitude to you is immeasurable – and if we haven’t yet met, we eagerly welcome you to share our passion for great music.

We’ve spent years forging our craft in practice and rehearsals with the goal of making music you’ll want to hear again and again. Just as every journey begins with a single step, we urge you to begin what we hope will be a fulfilling and lasting musical kinship by sampling a little bit of what we’ve poured our hearts into.  Additional information at http://www.boylanbrass.com/.

Member bios

Pamela Burleson was raised in a musical family in North Pole, Alaska. Her mother taught her piano and music theory, and her father was her first horn teacher. As a high school student, Pamela won the Fairbanks Symphony’s concerto competition, was awarded the Alaska Young Performing Artist award and earned a full-ride scholarship to Interlochen Arts Camp. She completed her first two years of college at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where she participated in the Donne in Musica festival in Rome, Italy as a member of Borealis Brass. While at UAF, Pam received the Yamaha Young Performing Artist award and participated in a recital at the Bands of America convention. She went on to complete her Bachelor of Music degree at the Boston Conservatory, where she studied with founding Canadian Brass member David Ohanian. She earned her Master’s degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where she studied with renowned performer and pedagogue William VerMeulen. Throughout her academic career, she performed in the Spoleto USA Festival, AIMS Graz Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and the Music Academy of the West. While in Houston, Pam enjoyed an active career as a horn instructor, leading sectionals and horn classes, coaching chamber ensembles, and teaching master classes, in addition to working one-on-one with more than 40 students. For three years, she was also the Video Director for the Houston Symphony, directing in-house camera work for all of the HS Pops and Children’s concerts. Pam has appeared in performance with the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, the Honolulu Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Opera, and Carolina Ballet. She is in her fourth season with the North Carolina Symphony, and enjoys working with the students of her small teaching studio.

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North Carolina native Don Eagle currently serves as the 3rd trumpet in the North Carolina Symphony. Don joined the United States Army early in his career and served as 1st trumpet of the 82nd Airborne Division Band. After being honorably discharged from service, Don continued his music studies at UNC-Chapel Hill where he became in high demand as a trumpet performer. In addition to the North Carolina Symphony, Don has performed with the Raleigh Symphony, Durham Symphony, Charlotte Symphony and the Greensboro Symphony. As a chamber musician, Don was a founding member of the St. Stephens Chamber Orchestra, now known as the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. He is also a founding member of the Amalgam Brass Ensemble which performs regularly at the Duke University Chapel. Don has appeared as a soloist with the UNC-Chapel Hill Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Chamber Players, the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, the Elon College Chamber Orchestra, the Barton College Chamber Orchestra and the Meredith College Chamber Orchestra. He also performed Karel Husa’s Trumpet Concerto No. 1 under the direction of Karel Husa and the Duke University Wind Symphony. Currently, Don holds teaching positions at NC State University and Duke University as well as maintaining a successful private studio. In his spare time, Don enjoys road biking, swimming, gardening and retreating to his farm in the mountains of Virginia. Don has also renovated two houses in Raleigh’s historic Oakwood neighborhood and is currently restoring an old farmhouse on his property up north.

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As a professional tubist, Tony performs frequently with the North Carolina Symphony and holds the Principal Tuba position in the Tar River Orchestra. Tony regularly performs with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Carolina Ballet and NC Opera. As a soloist, Tony has performed with the Triangle Wind Ensemble, Triangle Brass Band, Duke University Band, UNC Pembroke Band, St. Francis Brass Band, Advocate Brass Band, Lexington Brass Band, as well as numerous high school bands. Since 2008, Tony has been serving as the Artistic Director for the Triangle Brass Band, a British style brass band made up of volunteer musicians from the central North Carolina region. Tony served as the Director of the Triangle Youth Brass Band and oversaw the youth band program from 2001 -2013. During his tenure, the Triangle Youth Brass Band grew exponentially and has won numerous awards including 1st Prize at the North American Brass Band Association’s Youth Division Competition each year they participated. Tony teaches a very successful private tuba and euphonium studio as well as sectionals and clinics at many schools in the Triangle. Tony is a strong advocate of marching band in public and private schools. Each fall, Tony coaches marching band brass sections and also adjudicates marching band competitions. Tony attended the University of Kentucky and is a true blue fan, rooting for the Wildcats while living in enemy territory.

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In October of 2010, Jonathan Randazzo was appointed Assistant Principal Trombone of the North Carolina Symphony while in pursuit of his Bachelor of Music Degree in performance at the New England Conservatory of Music. Graduating in May of 2011, Jonathan studied with Norman Bolter, former Second Trombonist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has also studied with Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic, James Markey of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Willard Sprague, a local pedagogue on Long Island. While in high school, Jonathan attended the Juilliard School pre-college division program. Jonathan is currently the Adjunct Trombone Professor at NC State University and is also in high demand as a private trombone instructor. In past years, Jonathan has been hired as guest artist-clinician at UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, East Carolina, Gardner-Webb and Appalachian State Universities. In addition to his commitments with the North Carolina Symphony, Jonathan freelances with a variety of musical ensembles, including the Boylan Brass. As a founding member of the Boylan Brass, Jonathan is committed to performing educational outreach concerts, recitals, and other special events across the state of North Carolina. During his four years of study at the New England Conservatory, Jonathan performed with many of the local orchestras as well as giving solo and chamber recitals. Other orchestral experiences include; the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, the National Orchestral Institute in College Park, Maryland and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival.

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Alex Fioto enjoys a multifaceted career as a professional trumpet player in Raleigh, NC. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music degree from Rice University where he studied with William Campbell and Marie Speziale, respectively. Alex has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as principal trumpet of the San Antonio Symphony. Outside of orchestral playing, Alex performs regularly as a chamber musician. In addition to the Boylan Brass, Alex collaborates with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, the Mallarmé Chamber Players and the Carolina Brass to name a few. Previously, Alex served on faculty of St. Augustine’s University as adjunct Professor of Trumpet and was the brass instructor for KidZNotes, a Durham-based El Sistema-inspired organization. Alex is also the brass quintet coach for the Triangle Youth Philharmonic. Alex has attended numerous summer music festivals including the Brevard Music Center, Chautauqua Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center. While at Tanglewood, Alex performed under the baton of Maestro Kurt Masur, Christoph Eschenbach, and the late Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos. In his spare time, Alex enjoys teaching young brass musicians, running, biking and hiking. He lives in Raleigh with his wife, Amy and his son, Ellis.

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

https://youtu.be/PyQK_a3AYyA

Raleigh Boychoir


Oct 9, 2016

$10  available at the door

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 The Raleigh Boychoir 

It started with just 20 boys and a $50 donation from the Woman’s Club of Raleigh. But humble beginnings never daunted The Raleigh Boychoir’s vision.  Thomas E. Sibley founded the choir in 1968 to give boys with unchanged voices a chance to learn and perform some of the world’s greatest choral music. Sibley believed a choir could help boys develop talent and character – traits that would serve them for a lifetime. Sibley, who worked as music coordinator for the Raleigh public schools as well as organist and choir master at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Raleigh, directed The Raleigh Boychoir for 40 years. He retired in 2008. 

In 1989, the choir purchased its first permanent rehearsal facility, which is still used today. Located on Ridge Road, the building had previously been used as a church and a home. The Raleigh Boychoir made extensive renovations to the facility in 2011 to make it more accessible, functional and visually appealing. The renovations also made the facility a perfect rental choice for small choral or instrumental groups, music teachers, book clubs and the like. 

Today, The Raleigh Boychoir holds fast to many of the same traditions that were established more than 40 years ago. Yet the choir continues to evolve and grow with each generation of boys it serves. Highly regarded in the arts community, The Raleigh Boychoir maintains the same vibrancy, professionalism and quality that have set it apart since its beginnings in 1968.

Estimated run time: 1.5 hours.

Qualian


Qualian – a Triangle based outfit, will rock the Murphey School on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 7 pm.  You don’t want to miss this one if you like a broadly ecclectic, alt-style of music.

ABOUT QUALIAN
Formed in the first months of 2014, Qualian is a five-piece alternative band comprised of students from both St. David’s School and Broughton High School in Raleigh. Although it has been only a little over a year since its beginning, Qualian has managed to record and release their debut EP and celebrate it with a well-attended Summer Release Show at the Kennedy Theater in downtown Raleigh. Since then, Qualian has continued to play shows locally and across the state of North Carolina. They are more than thrilled to celebrate their second release here at Burning Coal Theater and await the chance to share yet another great experience with their fans.  More info about Qualian can be found at reverbnation.com/qualian.

Qualian

MEET THE BAND
Walker Renfrow – is the lead vocalist (and occasional rhythm guitarist) for Qualian. Though it is known that Walker has been singing ever since he was a young child, legend has it that he came out of the womb singing “Bohemian Rhapsody” in three-part harmony with himself.

Aidan Kelly – plays bass and guitar for Qualian but is also infamous for being a real tasmanian devil on stage. His naturally fearless role as the hype-man for Qualian’s live  shows might make it appear otherwise, but Aidan has an extreme irrational fear of both tall ceilings and strawberries.

Lee Sullivan - plays guitar, bass, keys, and saxophone for Qualian. You may have thought that that cute kid from the “Home Alone” movies was Macaulay Culkin, but you’re sadly mistaken; It was Lee Sullivan.

Baylor Wordworth – plays guitar and bass for Qualian. A natural born athlete, Baylor unfortunately ended his last football season with a broken hand. Despite his injury, nevertheless, he continues to shred at every show with those very same battle-scarred metacarpals.

Gray Renfrow – is the drummer for Qualian. Since first picking up the sticks at age four, Gray’s position as the youngest band member has placed no hindrance on him whatsoever. In fact, many would say that Gray has more swag than every other band member combined.

 

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.