Band to perform for organizations' anniversaries

The Tony Award-winning band, The Red Clay Ramblers will perform in the county to celebrate the anniversaries of the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center and the N.C. Coastal Federation. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Joslyn Hall on Carteret Community College’s campus. (File photo)

The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center and the N.C. Coastal Federation have announced the date for the rescheduled The Red Clay Ramblers performance.

The Red Clay Ramblers will perform a show at Joslyn Hall on the campus of Carteret Community College in Morehead City on Saturday, Jan. 21. The performance will start at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m.

The show was originally scheduled for Oct. 7-8, but was rescheduled due to the possible threat of Hurricane Matthew.

Now beginning their 45th year, The Red Clay Ramblers are a North Carolina string band whose repertoire reflects their roots in old-time mountain music, as well as bluegrass, country rock, New Orleans jazz, gospel and the American musical.

Over the years, The Ramblers have performed with such figures as ’98 Grammy-winner Shawn Colvin, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Eugene Chadbourn, Ireland’s Boys of the Lough, Randy Newman and Michele Shocked, who brought the Eagles’ Bernie Leadon and a mobile studio to North Carolina to record “Contest Coming” with the Ramblers.  

All along, members of The Ramblers have been involved separately in diverse creative projects, including children’s works for the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and the celebratory Carolina musicals “King Mackerel,” “Cool Spring” and Tar Heel Voices.

The Red Clay Ramblers have made several earlier, highly acclaimed appearances in the county, including a performance at Croatan High School in March 2012, at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center on Harkers Island in May 2009 and for the Coastal Folklife Project in Beaufort in November 1991.

The Ramblers’ pianist Bland Simpson has also made numerous appearances in the county with his, Don Dixon’s and Jim Wann’s musical “King Mackerel & The Blues Are Running.”

Personnel for the October Ramblers’ shows will be  Clay Buckner on fiddle and harmonica; Chris Frank on guitar, accordion, tuba and trombone; Jack Herrick on bass, bouzouki, trumpet and pennywhistle; Rob Ladd on drums; and Mr. Simpson on piano. 

The Red Clay Ramblers shows are noted for great humor, high energy and wide-ranging repertoire, as The New York Times observes.

“The Red Clay Ramblers are a musical group whose eclectic repertory is that of a fantasy roadhouse band from a vanished rural America.  Bluegrass, New Orleans, classical folk and gospel sounds emerge in nutty profusion from these talented instrumentalists and singers.”

Both presenters are coming up on important anniversaries.  For the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center, this year marks the museum’s 25th anniversary. For the N.C. Coastal Federation, next year will be its 35th anniversary.

Tickets are $23 for members of the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center and the N.C. Coastal Federation. Tickets are $28 for non members and $12 for students. Taxes and handling included.  

For more information, call 252-728-1500.

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