Emerging Artists Series
The Emerging Artists Series was born out of a need for the Randolph Arts Guild to highlight and showcase local talent. We at the Randolph Arts Guild want to support local artists in any shape possible to help them gain exposure and popularity.
Emerging Artists concerts will be held one Monday a month at the Sunset Theatre from 6-8 pm.
Admission is $10 at the door.
Please come out and enjoy the talents of our local musicians!
Monday, August 13th from 6-8 pm
$10, tickets at the door
Bruce Piephoff has been recording and performing, mostly out of Greensboro, for several decades. Firmly a part of the Appalachian tradition of story-songs and character portraits, it’s his versatility that makes his music so fascinating. Easily touching both the shores of folk music and poetry with simple, compelling imagery and subtle depth, Piephoff’s unassuming voice, ringing with wit and sincerity, steals the show.
He began in Chapel Hill, NC in the late 60’s, while a student at UNC-Chapel Hill, at the age of 19. Searching for a major, he decided on English, and followed a life long love of literature. As a child, Bruce was a dreamer at heart, and loved the classic comic books of that time. These led him to the classics themselves, including Huckleberry Finn, The Count of Monte Cristo, Moby Dick, etc.
After two years, Bruce dropped out of college to pursue music. He was particularly inspired by his dad’s collection of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie records. His dad also played guitar, harmonica, and sang as a hobby, but Bruce immediately felt this could be his vocation. Bruce traveled nationwide, playing in small cafes and bars. He spent time in New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles, before travelling to Europe and playing in the streets of Amsterdam as a busker. By the age of 27, he had landed back in Durham, NC, working at John Umstead Hospital as a music and recreation therapist, and playing his music on weekends.
From there, Bruce decided to go back to UNC-Greensboro, where he finished his education with a B.A. in English, and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the school’s acclaimed writing program. He studied poetry with Fred Chappell and Robert Watson before entering the N.C. Arts Council’s Visiting Artists Program. This program enabled Bruce to become the Artist-in-Residence in a number of community colleges across NC, including those in Columbus, Brunswick, and Pitt counties. He then went on to residencies in Orlando, FL; Danville, VA; Norfolk, VA; and western NC.
Bruce appeared at thousands of performances through this program, at locations such as schools, churches, and festivals, until the program ended in 2001.
Since then, Bruce has returned to working as an independent singer, songwriter, and poet; he has recorded 21 CDs of original material for Flyin’ Cloud Records, and performed nationwide on the folk singer/songwriter circuit. He just published his second book of poetry, Fiddlers and Middlers, in 2009. In October, 2011, he released his 21st CD, Still Looking Up At The Stars, produced by Scott Sawyer. Soft Soap Purrings is his 22nd CD release in 2014. Bruce has shared the stage with Steve Forbert, Riders In The Sky, Greg Allman, Chuck Brodsky, Tom Paxton, and others, and has played everywhere from Merlefest to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Monday, September 10th from 6-8 pm
$10, ticket at the door
Eric Bannan is a storyteller and performing songwriter whose stories travel the scenic desert highways and lush mountain hollows of the heart. He has been called to share his art to inspire, motivate for positive change and build community. His sound is rooted in folk, driven by foot-tapping funk and seasoned with the blues. With over 37 years of performing experience, Eric’s shows are an energetic celebration of life, love and loss. More info at www.ericbannan.com
Sharing Secrets is the duo of Danielle Koppel and Berkeley Grimball. Both are trained singers with years of experience on stages and in musical venues. Their extraordinary and sensual vocal blend gives their songs, both originals and covers, remarkable depth and power. Accompanied by Grimball’s deft guitar playing they offer a heartwarming musical experience.