Singer/Songwriters in the Round returns to Sunrise Theater | Characteristics

Eight years ago, Singer/Songwriters in the Round was born out of the idea that local artists deserved a place where they could tell the story of their original music. Since then, series founder Becca Rae has moved to Nashville, but the legacy of that event lives on. The Singer Songwriters in the Round concert is a Sunrise tradition that utilizes Nashville’s “in the round” style of performance and showcases the diversity of talent throughout North Carolina.

On March 25 at 7 p.m., four artists will share the Sunrise Theater stage and take turns performing original songs, sharing the personal stories behind their inspiration. The event features local artists Mary Stone, Eryn Fuson, William Nesmith and John McDonald. The event is sponsored by Swank Coffee and Handmade Goods, WhitLauter by Leann Parker and Manifest Boutique.

Mary Stone is a local singer-songwriter who hosts open mics and plays music in Moore County and beyond. both solo, as a one-woman group, and in the girl group Stone Dolls with Ceirra Doll and Ash Vires. As a multi-instrumentalist, Mary writes country-style songs that are mostly heartfelt expressions of love and loss after dating a soldier with PTSD. She loves the local community and helps promote the local music scene with her Facebook page, SoPines Scene.

Eryn brings on stage what she invented, “Indie Harp”. Due to the traditionally classical nature of the harp, she noticed that whenever she mentioned she was a harpist, it was categorized as pretty background music or, if she was lucky, as Celtic music. Trying to break into the live music scene in Nashville, TN was difficult because of this stereotype – harps were for bands, guitars were for bars. The dubbing of his “Indie Harp” style allowed the questions to be asked, giving him the opportunity to explain the versatility of the harp and his own folk/indie/blues style.

William is from Carolina, an MBA graduate and a classically trained pianist. His music comes from a real place, full of real experiences and raw feelings. He seems to evoke an enduring optimism in even his darkest songs while taking listeners on a ride they’ll never want to get off of again.

John is a Moore County native with deep roots in the Sandhills. Having been influenced by British musicians growing up, his songs are a mix of Brit-Pop hooks with American sentimentality. He has become a regular performer at Sunrise on our indoor stage and outdoors for First Fridays.

Tickets for the event, sponsored by Swank Coffee and Handmade Goods, Leann Parker’s WhitLauter and Manifest Boutique, are $15 / $20 VIP and are available online at SunriseTheater.comat Sunrise Theater Box Office, or by calling (910) 692-3611.

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