10 String Symphony

10 String Symphony

Charlie Brown

Sun, August 5, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Pinhook

Durham, NC


This event is all ages

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10 String Symphony
Christian Sedelmyer (Jerry Douglas Band, Farewell Drifters) and Rachel Baiman create a full sound with a minimal set-up, incorporating vocal harmonies with 5-string fiddle, as well as occasional clawhammer banjo and resonator mandolin. They have played the ROMP festival in Owensboro, KY, the Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite, CA, and a headlining slot at the 2014 Auckland Folk Festival in New Zealand, as well as Blissfest and Pickathon in 2016, Merlefest in 2017, and Winnipeg Folk Festival in 2018.

Two years after releasing "Weight of the World', the sophomore recording which earned them attention from NPR: All Songs Considered, a #3 slot on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts, and took them on tour all over the US, UK, China and Australia, 10 String Symphony felt the desire to create a new type of album. Looking to expand their sound in an organic and authentic way, an extension of their two musical voices, rather than a layering of foreign elements, they sought out the talents of Scotland's Kris Drever. Kris is one third of BBC award-winning folk trio LAU and the 2017 BBC Folk Singer of the year. With LAU, Kris has launched a formidable exploration of acoustic and electronic sounds, combining the rawness of traditional music with lush electronic soundscapes. 10 String Symphony traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland the month of April 2017 to work and arrange with Kris, culminating in 10 days recording in Pencaitland's Castlesound Studios. What emerged was "Generation Frustration," a 10 track album of original songs giving voice to the helplessness often felt by the Millennial generation with regards to politics, racism, poverty, privilege and a global climate crisis while living under the leadership of political parties that were largely voted in by an older generation. This division and subsequent collision of generations is exemplified musically through the sound of an acoustic duo layered over modern sounds, a combination of past and present that hits the listener both emotionally and intellectually.


“They do things with fiddles you wouldn’t expect”

NPR All Songs Considered “The Newest and Most Promising Voices in Americana”

“…a dynamic musical stew that covers a wide spectrum of acoustic-based roots music, hitting on old-time, folk and bluegrass, all delivered with a dash of rock and roll spunk.”

American Songwriter Magazine

“When each song ended, the two pressed tight into their microphones, savoring the last strains of the harmony – and even the bartenders seemed to be leaning forward breathlessly, awaiting someone to clap first. Their self titled recording aptly demonstrates the power of a spare, tightly-connected acoustic performance that is given room to evolve – for bluegrass fans, the lightning fast harmonic runs on dueling fiddle is worth the price of admission alone. But it’s the off-road experiments, especially from Christian’s biting bow strokes that will make future audiences take note.

The Bluegrass Situation

“…Stirring together Old-Time flavors with the broader range of influences brought by an omnivorous musical appetite”

The Nashville Scene
Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown
Born in Columbus, Georgia.
Has two solo albums on Polydor.
Leader of Charles Brown's Generation.
Was on staff at Atlantic Records in the 60s.
Backed Van Morrison, Solomon Burke, Coasters, Barbara Lewis.
Venue Information:
The Pinhook
117 W. Main St.
Durham, NC, 27701