May 27 – Alan Wolf
Alan Wolf began playing folk guitar and singing ballads at age 17 focusing mostly on the more traditional music of the folk revival. He joined the Philadelphia Folksong Society and became a regular community service singer and concert entertainer for them. As a board member for the society he helped found and over the years develop the Philadelphia Folk Festival into the major event it is now. He performed numerous concerts and workshops promoting the Festival and performed country blues workshops for the Festival. In the 1980s he relocated to Arizona to explore the roots of the traditional cowboy, American Indian and southwestern mountain camp-song music. With help from a grant from the Philadelphia Folksong Society he created the annual Phoenix Folk Festival to showcase this music. Alan moved to North Carolina in 1988 and has remained active musically through the years performing at numerous and various venues. On May 27 he plans to sing and play folk, urban and country blues on the bottleneck dobro guitar and perform a variety of folksongs and folk styles on the flat-top acoustic guitar. Alan currently plays music most Saturdays 8 am to noon at the Durham Farmers Market.
June 3 – String Beings
String Beings is a trio from Durham, NC who plays originals and standards in Americana, Roots, Country and Bluegrass genres. Comprised of Jim Prichard on mandolin, guitar, and vocals, Glen Stewart on guitar and vocals plus Jan Pulley on the bass fiddle and vocals, their vocal flair is delivered through a collection of original pieces, heartfelt ballads, gospel inspiration, country classics, with some folk and traditional standards sprinkled in. Their first visit to Sacred Grounds led to many requests to bring them back – we did so please come and enjoy their music.
June 10 – Dackel
Dackel is a duo consisting of singers / songwriters Walter Miller and Phil Hatchett. Phil comes from Norfolk, England and Walter was born in upstate New York. Dackel started performing in Raleigh in 2009. Dackel plays Rockin’ Americana Blues after our major musical influences. “Dackel” (German cute name for dachshund) was chosen in tribute to our song “Year of the Dog” In 2016 we played various festivals, including the Carrboro Music Festival, and Durham’s Festival for the Eno; and performed live on the “Pass The Hat” radio show on WHUP Hillsborough. In 2017 Dackel is back in the studio to record their second CD.
June 17 – City Folk
City Folk (Pete Smith and Jane Muldoon-Smith) is an acoustic folk group that plays music spanning contemporary folk and pop music to country-folk music. They are one of our long time favorites at Sacred Grounds – Pete is a fine singer and master on guitar and Jane has one of the purest voices you’ll hear on our stage. Their daughters Jessica (vocals) and Joanna (bass player) occasionally perform and add to this already great night of music.
June 24 – String Peddlers
The String Peddlers is an acoustic band out of Raleigh, NC. composed of Stuart Gordon (sings and plays guitar, mandolin and harmonica), Bob Setzer (sings and plays harmonica, strumstick, mandolin and kalimba), Bill Olding (sings and plays electric and acoustic guitars) and Frank DeFillippi on electronic persussion. They play an eclectic mix that could range from blues to reggae, from calypso to folk. You might hear mandolins, harmonicas, strumsticks, and even the occasional kalimba. Without missing a beat it could go from Johnny Cash, to Jimmy Reed, to the Melodians. String Peddlers are regularly scheduled artists at Sacred Grounds and are always a lot of fun so please come hear for yourself.
July 1 – Closed for July 4th Holiday
July 8 – Danny Smith
Danny has been a favorite at Sacred Grounds since his first appearance with Trilogy – he has had music ministry experience in the local church areas of choir, soloist, and praise and worship leader. He was in a solo ministry before forming Trilogy, a contemporary Christian vocal trio, and is now returning to solo ministry. His talent as a songwriter won him a finalist position in the nation Kentucky Fried Chicken Songwriting Contest in 1983. God began giving Danny lyrics for Christian songs in 1999. Five of those songs are on the Trilogy CD “Hungry World” and another all original music project, “I Surrender”, was released in September 2005. Danny desires his gifts to be used to bless the body of Christ and reach the lost. Danny’s first set is primarily oldies such as My Girl, Only You, Lady and a bunch of other favorites. The 2nd set is primarily Contemporary Christian, both from his previous CDs and other cover songs. His oldies sound as good if not better that the original artists so come out for this great concert.
July 15 – Eric Thomas & Alexandra Valladares
Alexandra Valladares has lived in Durham for half her life and finds it to be an ideal hub for the synergy of arts and sciences. She holds B.S and M.S degrees in Chemistry and Earth Science, respectively, and sees musical endeavors as vehicles for connecting and communicating the spectrum of humanities. She is currently working for the BOOST program, housed at the Office of Medical Admissions at Duke University Medical Center, and performs weekly as an Artist in Residence for Arts and Health at Duke. Her love of singing began at an early age, as she comes from a family of singers and musicians of Honduran origin. Her fluency in Spanish, French and English allows for versatility in interpreting ballads from around the world. Alexandra has collaborated with local musicians over a wide range of musical styles and plans to record an album of original compositions and a book of poetry. On November 5 she will be showcasing a selection of pop, soft rock, and original tunes from her extensive and varied repertoire. As well as being a singer, she also plays guitar. Eric Thomas from “Constellation” will be adding his guitar skills to her’s for an evening of great music. This is their second concert playing together at Sacred Grounds – you’ll enjoy the range of music!