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Oct20

The May North at Grapes & Grains Fundraiser

Grapers & Grains Fundraiser at the Carousell Works Historic Event Center, 160 Lake St N., Big Lake, MN

(Fund)raise your glass in support of the Sherburne History Center and Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge Friends (Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge)! Wine and Beer Tasting, Raffles, Cash Games, Hors d'oeuvres, and Live Music from us! Tickets available at the Sherburne History Center located at 10775 27th Ave SE, Becker MN. Must be 21+ to attend.

$25

Oct14

The May North presents A Day Dream Brunch

Dalton & Wade, 323 WASHINGTON AVE. N., MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Set in the heart of the North Loop community, Dalton & Wade is conveniently located off of the Cedar Lake bike trail and within one block of the Target Field transit hub, on the ground floor of the T3 building. For those wishing to drive, a large parking lot is situated behind the building. Check out their brunch! Menu link is on their website.

Free

Sep22

Party in the Prairie

Richardson Nature Center of Three Rivers Parks, 8737 E Bush Lake Rd, Bloomington, MN

A lively outdoor event for the whole family to enjoy! Grab a blanket to sit on and enjoy live music and local flavors in a beautiful setting surrounding Richardson Nature Center. Celebrate fall and marvel at the setting sun over the prairie with your family and friends. Lots of activities to explore into the evening. Advance tickets required. Tickets go on sale August 1. $9 online $7 discounted tickets are available at The North Face stores in Edina, Minneapolis and St. Paul. Cash only.  

$7 - 9

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Driftless

The May North

Bluegrass without boundaries, folk without pretense, and honest storytelling without apology.

There’s a restless spirit flowing through the North Country that’s hard to define, and sometimes a good song is the only way to put it into proper perspective. The May North has a rare knack for doing just that—making sense of love, loss, long winters, longer highways and the shifting lines between urban and country living. With a sound that’s part folk, part bluegrass and a bit of breakneck blues, The May North pays tribute to these forms while carving its own path.

The band is careful not to define themselves as strictly “bluegrass” as the music finds its influences, lyrics, and keys deviate away from the norms of the genre. However, they do employ the time-honored instruments of acoustic guitar, upright bass, banjo, dobro and fiddle to create an earthy and intricately-woven soundscape. With evocative ballads and hard-driving foot-stompers, their engaging songs bring live audiences from quiet reflection to howling jubilation within the course of an evening.

This is bluegrass without boundaries, folk without pretense, honest storytelling without apology.

The May North is: George McCorkell, acoustic guitar/vocals Stephanie McCorkell, fiddle/vocals/acoustic guitar Chris O’Brien, roundneck dobro/vocals

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By a String

The May North

With evocative ballads to hard-driving foot-stompers, this is bluegrass without boundaries, folk without pretense, and honest storytelling without apology. The third original album from this modern folk string band.

The May North released their new original album “By a String” on Nov. 8, 2014 at a sold out album release show. This is the third studio album since 2012 from this rising Twin Cities string band.

With a sound that’s part folk, part bluegrass and a bit of breakneck blues, The May North continues to build steam in the Twin Cities’ vibrant roots music community. The album was recorded and produced by Ryan Young (Trampled by Turtles) and veteran Twin Cities bassist Jeff Swanner, formerly of Pert Near Sandstone, joined The May North on this album as the band’s newest member. The album's cover art features an original painting by Jamie Harper in Winona, MN entitled "Moonlit Birches" (2013).

The album "By a String" kicks off with a toe-tapping classic for the Americana playbook, “Whiskey in the Rain,” and then moves seamlessly through themes of lost love, mountain road trips and even urban strife.

The album title is borrowed from a line in the song, “Josephine,” in which a heartbroken North Shore narrator looks back fondly on simpler times when he “had the world held up by a string.”

Album highlights include the raucous “Look Again,” possibly the group’s most furious musical statement to date with touches of Kentucky bluegrass speed and Memphis blues swagger. When the dust settles, the band lets out a deep breath and shows a subdued spiritual side in songs like “Time On Your Hands” and “Savannah.”

During the writing of the album, their fiddle player's grandfather passed away, and the song “Tired, Hungry and Broke” includes quotes from and stories of her grandpa's wit and life. With a jubilant, sing-along chorus and driving fiddle breaks, the song showcases The May North’s knack for delivering sincere, heartfelt lyrics alongside feel-good music that makes you want to get up and dance.

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Interstate Lives

The May North

Original alt-grass music employing the time-honored instruments of acoustic guitar, upright bass, banjo, dobro and fiddle; often blurring the lines between bluegrass, folk, Americana, and the blues.

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Songs from the North Country

The May North

Songs from the North Country Recorded May 29th 2011 at The Hideaway Studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota Engineered and Mixed by Nick Mundth Mastered by Joe Mabbott

All Songs written by George McCorkell All lyrics written by George McCorkell Lyrics on tracks 2 and 5 also written by Stephanie McCorkell All songs arranged by The May North Album front cover art photograph by Stephanie McCorkell Album back cover art photograph: stock photo

The May North is: George McCorkell: Guitar, Vocals Stephanie McCorkell: Fiddle, Vocals Matthew Byrnes: Banjo Justin Smith: Doublebass

www.themaynorth.com www.twitter.com/themaynorth themaynorth@gmail.com on Facebook: “The May North”

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