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Fine Tuned Concert: Bayla Davis with Cary Fridley, Donna Ray Norton with Josh Goforth, and The Allen Boys with DaShawn Hickman and Kelley Breiding

June 25, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Kelley Breiding

Be one of the first to hear and experience the next wave of emerging artists in Western North Carolina. This summer, the Blue Ridge Music Trails’ trailblazing musical project, Fine Tuned, supports the next generation as they take to the stage at Ebbs Chapel in Mars Hill, NC, on June 25 at 4 p.m. These performances are a chance to witness the creative process at play as seasoned musicians collaborate with a select group of emerging artists in Western North Carolina to create fresh sounds and new compositions.

The special performance is presented by the Madison County Arts Council and includes Bayla Davis with Cary Fridley, Donna Ray Norton with Josh Goforth, and The Allen Boys with DaShawn Hickman and Kelley Breiding. The musical performance is possible thanks to the support of the North Carolina Arts Council’s Spark the Arts Grant. Find concert and ticket information at BlueRidgeMusicNC.com/concerts

About the Performers

  • Bayla Davis is still in her teens, but she’s already making waves with her banjo prowess and emotive vocals. Cary Fridley has had a lengthy career as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist across an impressive range of styles. Cary has shared her experience and knowledge of country music harmony singing, and Bayla has brought her own banjo spark to some fresh reimagining of well-loved standards.
  • An eight-generation ballad singer raised in the Sodom community of Madison County, Donna Ray Norton carries on the musical legacy of her family and her home. Donna Ray’s work with fellow Madison County native and Grammy nominee, Josh Goforth, fuses the “old love songs” with a dash of something new.
  • The Allen Boys and DaShawn Hickman carry the torch for the Sacred Steel musical tradition out of their church in Mount Airy. Kelley Breiding is well-versed in Surry County’s Round Peak style as well as country and Western Swing stylings. Together, these musicians have fused their respective Surry County styles into one exciting sound.

About Fine Tuned
The Fine Tuned initiative connects seasoned musicians with a select group of emerging artists in Western North Carolina. The aim is to nurture this generation of talent, while paving the way for future musicians who will keep the musical traditions of Western North Carolina alive. The groundbreaking project is possible thanks to generous support from Come Hear NC, Spark the Arts N.C. Arts Council, ArtsAVL, and the WNC Bridge Foundation.


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June 25, 2023
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Ebbs Chapel Performing Arts Center
271 Laurel Valley Road
Mars Hill, NC 28753 United States
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(828) 777-4454
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