As summer's warm nights drift slowly away, a few ambitious leaves begin to cover the earth. We pause for a moment from our busy schedule to appreciate the changing seasons and to reflect on a summer of unforgettable moments. Our incredible experience at Merlefest and our opportunities performing with musical heroes Hot Rize and the Wood Brothers remind us of the beauty of music to inspire and uplift. Our journey across the midwest and out to Colorado shows us the power of nature to excite the spirit and embolden the mind. Our trip to the Northeast showed us the influence of friends and family and the importance of love and support to encourage the creative faculties.
All in all we are feeling ever so grateful and motivated to continue doing what we love!
Speaking of doing what we love, we have some great opportunities ahead of us and would like to share them with you. In addition to some performances throughout our home state of North Carolina, we will be attending the IBMA's at the end of September/beginning of October. The IBMA's are a week long event put on by the International Bluegrass Music Association and feature an awards show, a business conference, and numerous performances by bluegrass bands from all over the world! We are honored to be a part of this years event and look forward to spending time with the amazing bluegrass community.
Here's a look at where we'll be coming up:
Sept. 23rd - Catawba Brewing Company in Morganton, NC @ 8pm
Sept. 24th - Wilson Beats and Eats in Wilson, NC @ 11am
Sept. 28th - Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market in Raleigh, NC @ 12:15pm
Sept. 28th - Raleigh Marriott City Center in Raleigh, NC @ 1am
Sept. 29th - Pour House in Raleigh, NC @ 10pm
Oct. 1st - Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival: Dance Tent in Raleigh, NC @ 7:30pm
Oct. 7th - Lexington Glassworks in Asheville, NC @ 5pm *special folk trio performance
Oct. 13th - Lost Province Brewing Co. in Boone, NC @ 7:30pm
Oct. 14th - the Stag's Head in Raleigh, NC @ 8pm
Oct. 21st - Nantahala Brewing Co. in Bryson City, NC @ 8pm
Oct. 22nd - Jessup Mill in Westfield, NC @ 7pm
Oct. 27th - Altamont Theatre in Asheville, NC @ 7pm w/Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez
Oct. 28th - Brewmasters in Wilson, NC @ 7:30pm
Oct. 29th -Mystery Brewing in Hillsborough, NC @ 8:30pm
We also have some very exciting news. This winter, Fireside Collective will be heading into the studio to work on our 2nd album!!!! We have a bunch of new material and we couldn't be more excited to lay down some tracks and share them with you all. It will be our first recording since our 2014 release of "Shadows and Dreams" and will feature more original music from various members of the band.
Once again, we would like to thank everyone for a wonderful summer! The amount of support and encouragement that we received from our friends and family means the world to us. We also got to meet so many wonderful new people who remind us of the power of music to unite and encourage.
With the gentle autumn breeze carefully guiding the falling leaves, we look forward to spending the fall performing throughout North Carolina and working on our new album.
With deepest love and appreciation,
Winners of 2016 Merlefest Band Competition!!
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