Join in the fun at the Pickin’ on the Porch Free Concert Series at the Bluegrass Island Trading Co. located at 107 Budleigh St. in downtown Manteo. All shows start at 6:00pm. Don’t forget to bring a chair or blanket!
On June 30,2017 The Forlorn Strangers are the featured artists bringing American roots based music, leaning heavily on bluegrass, drenched in four part harmony and added elements from blues, jazz, and some rock & roll. We bring a high-energy set designed to engage listeners and participants in an exciting yet introspective experience.
Forlorn Strangers is a quintet based out of Nashville, Tennessee. The band is a collective of five songwriters, each having their own distinct styles that blend into one unmistakable voice. Their sound delves into all reaches of American roots music, driven by foot-stomping percussion and soaring family harmonies.
The band is comprised of sisters Abigail Dempsey (fiddle, guitar, percussion, vocals) and Hannah Leigh Lusk (mandolin, percussion, upright bass, vocals); Chris Banke (guitar, mandolin, vocals); Benjamin Lusk (banjo, guitar, vocals); and Jesse Thompson (upright bass, dobro, guitar, vocals). Since 2013, Forlorn Strangers has released two EPs (While the Grass Grows and American Magic Tricks) and has toured continuously across the United States, playing for an ever-increasing group of appreciative fans. In 2015, Forlorn Strangers played over 180 shows in over one hundred cities and more than thirty states nationwide.
The band released their self-titled, debut full-length album in August 2016. Forlorn Strangers was recorded at John Prine’s Nashville studio The Butcher Shoppe, and produced by Grammy winner Phil Madeira. Since then, they have continued to tour nationwide, heavily in the southeast. They are currently writing and recording material for a new record to be released late 2017/early2018.
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8/11 – Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
8/25 – Presley Barker
10/3 – United States Navy Band
107 Budleigh St.