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Singer Songwriter in The Round With Molly McGinn and Special Guests
Singer Songwriter in The Round With Molly McGinn and Special Guests

Wed, Jul 05


Building 2

Singer Songwriter in The Round With Molly McGinn and Special Guests

Time & Location

Jul 05, 2023, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Building 2 , 192 Lorax Ln, Pittsboro, NC 27312, USA

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Molly McGinn is an award-winning multimedia artist, journalist and musician living outside Hanging Rock State Park in North 

Carolina. Born in Dodge City, Kansas and raised on the Willie Nelson album Stardust, Molly brings a journalist’s approach to songwriting, fusing the history and the myth from the various places she’s lived and visited.  

Music projects include The Woodshed Experience, a live songwriting experience; “Postcards from the Swamp,” a story and song series inspired by the Great Dismal Swamp in North Carolina; and bands Amelia’s Mechanics, Wurlitzer Prize, Joy Band, and The Ramble Family Band. 

 She’s sailed with a media crew producing daily video stories for the grueling-yet-amusing Race to Alaska. And produced one of the first “how to” series for electric and gas powered cars. She’s collaborated with writers Sam Peterson and visual artists such as the Church Goin’ Mule, and her photos were featured in the Bitter Southerner and she snapped the album cover for Drums, Roots & Steel.  

She’s shared stages with some of North Carolina’s most treasured musicians such as Laurelyn Dossett, Rhiannon Giddens, Alice Gerrard, Riley Baugus, DaShawn Hickman, Sam Frazier, Phil Cook and Possum Jenkins; and performed with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra and Triad Stage. 

 Rod Abernathy is a unique blend of an authentic Southern folk troubadour, master acoustic guitarist and award-winning songwriter and composer for film, TV and video games and the overall Grand prize winner of the 2021 International Acoustic Music Awards and the 2019 Grand prize winner of American songwriters Bob Dylan song contest. His album  Normal Isn't Normal Anymore received rave reviews from No Depression, American Gighways and the Wall Street Journal and was in the top 20 CD of 2021 at number 11 on the Folk International Folk Charts.  

Rod's talents go beyond being a dynamic performer, vocalist, instrumentalist, and storyteller. He's a prolific photographer, a sculptor artist of whimsical steampunk found,-object robots and a seasoned teacher and adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC, where he teaches how to score video games. As composer, Rod has scored and produced music for countless television shows, commercials and over 80 video games including the Electronic Arts blockbuster hit "Dead Space" which won a BAFTA Award in 2009 for Best Use of Audio and Tolkiens The Hobbit for Vivendi Universal which won the Game Audio Network Guild's Video Game Soundtrack Of The Year in 2003.

 Rod continues to perform live in acoustic venues and halls across the country. Past venues include the Woodstock Folk festival, Club Passim (Boston) The Cat's Cradle, and the ISIS Music Hall in Asheville.  He will also be a featured artist on this year's popular PBS series song at the center hosted by Eric Gnesda. 

 Penny Sandbeck's musical territory is delineated by the heartbeat-like thumb of her Piedmont fingerstyle playing and are clear, Innocent-but-weary vocal style. An architectural historian and North Carolina native who now lives in virginia, Penne brings to her songwriting years of traveling country roads studying small towns, meeting houses, churches, schools, and farmsteads all the while with Mississippi John hurt and Etta Baker sharing time in the car stereo alongside folk rock heroes like Joni Mitchell and Lucinda Williams. Combining her musical influences with her experiences, Penne sings about the south, about past and presents, and about universal themes -- family cemeteries; temptation; relationships running their course; living off Slim-Fast and diet cokes; driving home after a long work day and discovering beauty along the way; and why people can never escape their hometowns.

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