Southern Neighbor Calendar of Area Events
Fridays on the Front Porch is back! Join us each F...
April 26, 2013 - October 4, 2013
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Carolina Inn
ELIN O'HARA SLAVICK'S
The Daylight Project Space is pleased to announce ...
April 26, 2013 - June 24, 2013
121 W Margaret Ln, Ste D. Hillsborough, NC 27278
LIL JOHN'S MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL
3 day weekend event family style bluegrass festiva...
May 23, 2013 - May 25, 2013
6:59 pm - 6:59 pm
1256 Longest Acre Road Snow Camp, NC 27349
NC SYMPHONY SUMMERFEST: OPENING NIGHT
William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor & Summerfe...
May 25, 2013
Booth Amphitheatre, Cary, NC
THE FUTURE OF OBAMACARE
Every time the Affordable Care Act reaches a new m...
May 29, 2013 - May 29, 2013
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
BLUES ON THE BURWELL SCHOOL LAWN
The Burwell School Historic Site and Music Maker R...
May 31, 2013 - May 31, 2013
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
319 N. Churton St., Hillsborough, NC 27278
THE INVENTION OF RELIGION FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO THE ENLIGHTENMENT
Join Renaissance scholar John Jeffries Martin for ...
May 31, 2013 - June 1, 2013
4:30 pm - 12:00 pm
30TH-ANNIVERSARY REUNION SHOW
The south's longest-running improvisational theate...
May 31, 2013 - May 31, 2013
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The ArtsCenter, Carrboro
Music Maker Relief Foundation
By Rick Cornell
The mission statement of the Hillsborough- based Music Maker Relief Foundation is clearly and eloquently presented on the organization’s website (www.musicmaker.org). It begins “Music Maker Relief Foundation preserves and promotes the musical traditions of the American South. Since 1994 we have partnered with traditional artists over 55 years old who survive on a yearly income of less than $18,000, sustaining their day-to-day needs while building their careers.”
Some mission statements, despite the best of intentions, never progress beyond statement status, with the mission going unfulfilled for any of a variety of reasons. That is definitely not the case for Music Maker, who for its nearly 20-year existence has succeeded in fulfilling the promises laid out in those opening sentences.
Consider Ironing Board Sam, one of the Music Maker roster’s newer members. As Music Maker cofounder Tim Duffy explains, when he met Ironing Board Sam the septuagenarian – recently retired after 55 years in the music business – was being evicted from his rotting trailer in Fort Hill, SC. “We moved him into an apartment in Chapel Hill, got him teeth, glasses, clothes, a car, a new keyboard, a new CD and regular local performances,” says Duffy.
Now, two years down the road, Sam is preparing to release his third CD on the heels of headlining the Jazz Fest Blues Stage in New Orleans and touring across the United States, Switzerland and Australia. When he’s not on the road, Sam, who has since moved to Hillsborough, teaches a music class at a local public school once a month.
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