PineCone, Piedmont Council of Traditional Music

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PineCone, Piedmont Council of Traditional Music

PineCone is dedicated to preserving, presenting and promoting traditional music, dance and other folk performing arts: it is considered the largest and most active traditional music organization in the state. Each year PineCone presents more than 150 events, with approximately 100 of those offered to the public for free. PineCone programs include: five different concert t series, including its signature Down Home Series, and monthly participatory sessions in bluegrass music, Irish music and shape note singing.


PineCone is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to preserving, presenting, and promoting traditional music, dance, and other folk performing arts. PineCone was formed in 1984 and is considered the largest and most active traditional music organization in the state, with a reputation for presenting the very best in all the varied forms that make up traditional music.

Each year PineCone presents 125-150 events, with approximately 100 that are free to the public. PineCone programs include: five different concert series presenting the finest national, international, and regional traditional musicians; monthly participatory music sessions in bluegrass, Irish, and shape-note music; the PineCone Bluegrass Show, a weekly radio program on 94.7 WQDR (every Sunday 6-9 p.m.); a monthly newsletter for PineCone members; a staffed office to coordinate PineCone events and to serve as a community resource.

Traditional music includes fiddle tunes, ballads, bluegrass, blues, gospel, swing, folk, and all the variations and derivations that our culture has nurtured. It is the folk product of community heritage and spirit. it is the musical spice that gives North Carolina its own taste. It is music that increases the attractivenes of our community and contributes a cohesive cultural identity. Its performers learned from their families or community or deliberately sought teachers from a traditional musical heritage.

Its performers include people who have played at Carnegie Hall or only in neighborhood homes. Whether they are professionl musicians or at their first stage appearance, all of these performers share a love of musical forms that represent community heritage. Traditional music is the hopes, fears, dreams, and laughter of previous generations. It is music that stood the test of time because it finds new meaning in each generation.

227 W. Martin St.
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(919) 664-8333, (919) 664-8302
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